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John McCallum Jolly

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John McCallum Jolly (c1881-1929)

1929 Obituary [1]

JOHN McCALLUM JOLLY died suddenly in a London nursing home, on December 10, 1928, following a minor operation, at the age of forty-eight.

Mr. Jolly was born in Essex, but when a boy went with his parents to Australia, and served his engineering apprenticeship with Messrs. Lawrence and Hanson, of Sydney.

Later he joined the engineering firm of Messrs. Noyes Bros., of Sydney, and eventually took charge of that company's Western Australian business.

In 1909 he joined the Australian Metal Company, Ltd., of Melbourne, agents of the A.E.G. of Berlin, as manager and chief engineer of that company's newly formed electrical department.

Soon after the outbreak of war Mr. Jolly returned to England to serve his country. In 1915 he joined the Ministry of Munitions, and designed and built the extensive National Cartridge Box Repair Works at Newport, Mon., of which he acted as general manager until the end 8f the war.

In 1919, when the British Metal Corporation was formed, he joined the management, and soon after became general manager of Light Alloys, Ltd., a concern in which the British Metal Corporation was interested.

Early in 1923 he was appointed general manager of the Skefko Ball Bearing Company, Ltd., Luton, and later became joint managing director with Captain O. Dahlbeck.

He was a man with very wide experience and of outstanding ability, making a success of all the work he undertook.

Mr. Jolly was elected a member of the Institute of Metals on September 15, 1922.

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