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Memorial Commemoration to celebrate the life of Sir Arvi Parbo AC – Melbourne 27 May

A Memorial Commemoration to celebrate the life of Sir Arvi Parbo AC will take place at 10am on Monday 27 May 2019 at the Melbourne Town Hall.

If you will be attending please RSVP (with confirmation and name) to by COB Monday 20 May 2019.

Sir Arvi Parbo, who fled Estonia after the war and arriving in Australia in 1949 and was to become one of the giants of the Australian mining industry, died at home in Melbourne on the 1st May 2019 at the age of 93.

He will be fondly remembered as the most influential 20th century figure of the Australian resources industry,

Former prime minister John Howard paid tribute to Sir Arvi at a gala dinner last year, describing him as “a towering figure of the industry” who “epitomised the great migration to Australia after World War Two and did so much to build modern Australia”.

The Council of Estonian Societies in Australia pays tribute to his great moral and financial support of our Estonian organisations, including patron of multiple Eesti Päevad, over the decades.

It also pays tribute to his well-regarded leadership and vision that has made Australia a stronger and wealthier nation and helped improved the lives of thousands.

Sir Arvi is survived by his wife, Lady Saima Parbo, and his three children.
Our condolences to his family and loved ones.

Lembit Marder

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By Kristi Barrow

Loves all things Estonian. Especially Crafters Elderflower gin. Aussie born.

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