Sir Herbert William Gepp

1877-1954

Herbert Gepp was born in Adelaide on 28 September 1877. Never formally educated at university, he nonetheless studied chemistry and ultimately became a metallurgist, working on the flotation of zinc concentrate at Broken Hill. His knowledge and experience ultimately brought him to Tasmania as the first General Manager of the Risdon Zinc Works.

A career in industry and public service followed his time in Tasmania and he was based in Victoria for the remainder of his life. He made significant contributions to all aspects of Australian life and had a hand in the establishment of several of its institutions. He was knighted in 1933.

Herbert was President of the AusIMM in 1924 and was the recipient of the Institute Medal in 1939.

Herbert Gepp died at Kangaroo Ground, Victoria on 14 April 1954.


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