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Biographical entry Somerset, Henry St. John (1875 - 1952)

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Born
28 February 1875
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died
30 September 1952
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Metallurgist

Summary

Henry St. John Somerset was General Manager of Electrolytic Zinc Co. of Australia Ltd. from 1926 to 1945, then Managing Director from 1945 until his retirement in 1947. He was also a Foundation Director of Associated Pulp and Paper Mills Ltd., Burnie, Tasmania.

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One of Henry St. John Somerset's first jobs was working as an Assistant Assayer at Mount Morgan Gold Mining Co. in 1893. By 1896 he had been appointed Chief Assayer, then Works Chemist (1900), Assistant Metallurgist (1905), and Chief Metallurgist (1906 -1911). For the next two years Somerset worked as a consultant in Sydney and in 1914 joined Great Cobar Copper Mining Co. as their Chief Metallurgist. In 1916 he moved to Broken Hill Associated Smelters Pty. Ltd. at Port Pirie, firstly as Plant Superintendent and was promoted to General Superintendent in 1919. In 1926 he joined the Electrolytic Zinc Co. of Australia Ltd. as General Manager, and was made Managing Director in 1945. He retired from this position in 1947, but continued to work as a consultant for the company.

As a consultant, Henry St. John Somerset was associated with the development of Associated Pulp and Paper Mills Ltd. in Burnie, Tasmania and many other related companies. Somerset was heavily involved in the industry as a whole and held many positions of note: He was Councilor of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy from 1926 to 1947, then Vice-President, President and elected a Fellow of the Institute in 1938; Member of the Society of Chemical Industry of Victoria from 1934; Member of the Board of Australian Mines and Metal Association from 1937 and Board President from 1944 to 1950.

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1893 - 1895
Career position - Assistant Assayer at Mount Morgan Gold Mining Co.
1896 - 1899
Career position - Chief Assayer at the Mount Morgan Gold Mining Co.
1900 - 1904
Career position - Works Chemist at Mount Morgan Gold Mining Co.
1905
Career position - Assistant Metallurgist at Mount Morgan Gold Mining Co.
1906 - 1911
Career position - Chief Metallurgist at the Mount Morgan Gold Mining Co.
1912 - 1913
Career position - Consultant in Sydney
1914 - 1915
Career position - Chief Metallurgist at the Great Cobar Copper Mining Co.
1916 - 1918
Career position - Plant Superintendent for Broken Hill Associated Smelters Pty. Ltd. in Port Pirie
1919 - 1925
Career position - General Superintendent of Broken Hill Associated Smelters Pty. Ltd.
1926 - 1944
Career position - General Manager of the Electrolytic Zinc Co. of Australia Ltd.
1926 - 1947
Career position - Councilor of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
1927 - 1930
Career position - Vice-President of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
1931
Career position - President of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
1934 -
Career position - Member of the Society of Chemical Industry of Victoria
1937 -
Career position - Board member of Australian Mines and Metal Association
1938
Career position - Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
1944 - 1950
Career position - President of the Board of Australian Mines and Metal Association
1945 - 1947
Career position - Managing Director of Electrolytic Zinc Co. of Australia Ltd.
1947
Career position - Retired, but remained on as a consultant

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