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Innovator, advocate, educator: Robert Hill-Ling dies at 82


Robust advocate of South Australia’s heritage, arts, industry and education, Robert Hill-Ling AO has passed away at 82.

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Hill-Ling was the long-serving managing director and chairman of Hills, the SA company that made its name with the Hill’s hoist.

An active member of many boards throughout Adelaide, Hill-Ling was a former chairman of the Carrick Hill Trust.

His interests spread far and wide and were reflected on through the many tributes pouring in for a man who was a strong supporter of Adelaide and South Australia.

He was a good, honest businessman.

“Bob was a highly respected former Emeritus councillor, office bearer and member of our organisation and its South Australian predecessor, the Engineering Employers Association,” the Australian Industry Group wrote.

“Bob was regarded as an extraordinary industry leader in South Australia and nationally, who gave generously of his time and wise counsel. He will be greatly missed.

To its inaugural foundation governor, St Ann’s College wrote: “Wonderful supporter, advocate and wise counsellor. There never was a better friend.”

Australian Institute of Company Directors South Australian and Northern Territory president Kevin Osborn told InDaily Hill-Ling was “an extremely visionary businessman”.

“He was a good, honest businessman,” Osborn said.

“He will be terribly missed.”


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