Robert Nettlefold (1877 – 1946) businessman, company director
Robert Nettlefold was foundation chairman of the Hume Pipe Co. Ltd. he was also Chairman of Motors Pty Ltd, Yellow Cabs (Tasmania) Pty Ltd and of Robert Nettlefold Pty Ltd, he was a director of Mercantile Mutual Insurance Co. Ltd and one of the founders of Commercial Broadcasters Pty Ltd. As an Anglican, he was a churchwarden and parish representative at synod.
Robert Nettlefold was born on 25 July 1877 at Tunnack and was educated at Rev. Gray’s grammar school, leaving to gain experience in a succession of businesses before beginning his own in 1904 as a general merchant in Macquarie Street, Hobart. On 29 October 1898 he married 19-year-old Edith Maria Hutchison from Adelaide, at Bellerive. A representative of the Victoria Insurance Co. Ltd in 1905-12, he combined selling fire insurance to farmers with dealing in their wool, skins and produce, later selling them their farm machinery through his franchise from the International Harvester Co. (Australia) Pty Ltd. In 1910 he founded the motor garage business, Robert Nettlefold Pty Ltd.
Pleasant and courteous, with a reputation for soundness, Robert inspired trust. In 1920 he was foundation chairman of the Hume Pipe Co. (Australia) Ltd, elected after Sir John Monash declined; he resigned in 1929. He impressed his successor Alexander McLachlan as a ‘remarkably able business man’ and by his readiness to listen to argument. Chairman of Motors Pty Ltd, Yellow Cabs (Tasmania) Pty Ltd and of Robert Nettlefold Pty Ltd, he was a director of Mercantile Mutual Insurance Co. Ltd and one of the founders of Commercial Broadcasters Pty Ltd. In 1920 he was appointed O.B.E. for his war-time Red Cross activities: foundation treasurer for southern Tasmania (1914-45), he was chairman of the Lady Clark Red Cross Convalescent Home in 1940-45 and of the Veterans’ Trust, a British Red Cross fund. He was a foundation member of the Hobart Rotary Club and committee-member of the Royal Agricultural Society.
Robert was the most versatile and successful sportsman of the family (his elder brother William was a leading amateur billiards and bowls player), holding tennis, royal tennis and table tennis titles, including a Tasmanian doubles tennis championship. When he turned to golf he won Tasmanian titles and the Rotary International Championship at Brussels in 1928. With his son Leonard (Len), who was Australian amateur golf champion (1926) and won the Tasmanian amateur title eight times, he tied for the Australian foursomes title (Adelaide, 1926).
A member of the Royal and Ancient Club, St Andrews, Scotland, he founded the Kingston Beach, Hobart, golf club. He was also a keen cricketer and angler. An Anglican, he was a churchwarden and parish representative at synod. He died of coronary vascular disease on 16 September 1946 at Kingston, and was buried there. His wife, a son and two daughters survived him.
Sale to make a big splash
A treasure trove of art and antiques belonging to a prominent Hobart family will go under the hammer on Sunday (27 March 2011), in what auctioneers describe as the most important sale of its kind to be held in Tasmania. The collection amassed by the late Len and Olga Nettlefold of Sandy Bay is expected to fetch more than $1 million.
The 500-lot sale includes antiques, furnishings and fine art. The Nettlefold family estate on Waimea and Quamby avenues was sold in January to a single buyer in what was thought to be the biggest residential property sale in Hobart history. The estate had been in the hands of the family since 1948.
Len, a successful businessman and Australian amateur golf champion, was the son of Tasmanian Motors founder Robert Nettlefold.
Complete news article : http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/03/22/216401_tasmania-news.html
The estate of Len and Olga Nettlefold
Nettlefold Street, Belconnen, ACT
Named after Robert Nettlefold’s brother, Thomas Sydney Nettlefold
Mum wants Ed’s tale to help others
– suicide is still a taboo subject
– but Lydia Nettlefold (a daughter of Len and Olga Nettlefold) is doing her best to change that.
Complete article : http://www.examiner.com.au/news/local/news/general/mum-wants-ed39s-tale-to-help-others/1869408.aspx
The Nettlefold home – Waimea Ave, Sandy Bay, Tasmania.
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