Norman Jolly

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Norman Jolly
Norman William Jolly, 1924.jpg
Norman William Jolly, 1924
Cricket information
Batting style unknown
Bowling style N/A (wicket-keeper)
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 1
Runs scored 9
Batting average 9.00
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 8
Balls bowled 0
Wickets 0
Bowling average -
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling -
Catches/stumpings 3/0
Source: Cricinfo
Norman Jolly
Personal information
Full name Norman William Jolly
Date of birth (1882-08-05)5 August 1882
Place of birth Mintaro, South Australia
Date of death 18 May 1954(1954-05-18) (aged 71)
Place of death Adelaide, South Australia
Original team(s) Prince Alfred College
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1899–1900 Norwood 14 (0)
1901–1902 Sturt 24 (25)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1900–1902 South Australia 4
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1902.

Norman William Jolly (5 August 1882 – 18 May 1954) was a first-class cricketer and forester. He was South Australia's first Rhodes Scholar.

Early life[edit]

Norman William Jolly was born on 5 August 1882 in Mintaro, South Australia, the son of storekeeper Henry Dickson Jolly and Annie (née Lathlean).[1] 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,[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] In 1925 he became the first Professor in Forestry at Adelaide University.[5]

Later life[edit]

Jolly retired in 1933 as his health was impaired.[6] He died on 18 May 1954 aged 71 in Adelaide.[7]


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.[6]


  1. ^ Lewis, N. B. (1983). "Jolly, Norman William (1882–1954)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  2. ^ The Register, 28 February 1908, p. 6.
  3. ^ "Players - Jolly, Norman". Redlegs Museum. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Dismay at destruction of Norman Jolly Memorial, Dorrigo Plateau
  5. ^ The University of Adelaide | Leaders in their fields
  6. ^ a b "Norman William Jolly". Monument Australia. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "S.A. Forestry Expert Dies". The Advertiser (Adelaide). 96, (29,826). South Australia. 19 May 1954. p. 2. Retrieved 13 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 

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