Norman William Jolly, 1924
|Bowling style||N/A (wicket-keeper)|
|Full name||Norman William Jolly|
|Date of birth||5 August 1882|
|Place of birth||Mintaro, South Australia|
|Date of death||18 May 1954(aged 71)|
|Place of death||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Original team(s)||Prince Alfred College|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1902.
Norman William Jolly was born on 5 August 1882 in Mintaro, South Australia, the son of storekeeper Henry Dickson Jolly and Annie (née Lathlean). He attended Prince Alfred College and the University of Adelaide, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc).
In 1904, Jolly was the first South Australian to be chosen for a Rhodes Scholarship, attending Balliol College, Oxford. After graduating B.A. from Oxford with a first in natural science in 1907, Jolly studied under (Sir) William Schlich, and briefly in Europe, to obtain the Oxford diploma of forestry.
Jolly was also a leading sporting figure in Adelaide. He played in the South Australian Grade Cricket League, rowed in the Adelaide university eight and played for the Norwood Football Club and Sturt Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), representing South Australia three times. While living in England in 1907, Jolly played one first-class cricket match, for Worcestershire against Oxford University. Batting at number 11, he scored eight and one not out, and from behind the stumps he picked up three catches, the first being that of Oxford captain Egerton Wright.
He joined the Indian Forest Service in Burma in 1907 but returned to Australia in 1909 to teach at Geelong Church of England Grammar School. In 1910, as instructor in forestry for the South Australian Department of Woods and Forests, Jolly founded the first course in higher forestry training in Australia. From 1911 to 1918, he was Director of Forestry in Queensland, and then became Commissioner of Forests in New South Wales. In 1925 he became the first Professor in Forestry at Adelaide University.
In 1957, a memorial grove of trees (Eucalyptus microcorys) and a cairn were established on Moonpar Forest Drive, Nymboi Binderay National Park, Dorrigo, New South Wales, commemorating Jolly's contributions to teaching and practice of forestry.
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