Norman Carson was born in 1877 in Melbourne and educated at Brighton Grammar. He joined Dougharty & Tickell, stock and station agents, in 1893. In 1911, he married Edith Riley in Kew.

After working as an auctioneer, Norman was appointed A.M.L. & F.’s wool and produce Melbourne manager in 1913. When the Australian head office moved to Sydney, Norman took over as Melbourne manager in 1929. 

Norman had many other interests. He was involved with the Melbourne Wool Brokers’ Association and the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers. He was also a member of the Victorian State Wool Committee during World War I and of the Central Wool Committee during World War II. From 1945, he served on the Australian Wool Realisation Commission, which oversaw the disposition of the wartime stockpile; for this work, he was appointed C.M.G. in 1952. Norman was a director of Northern Assurance Co. Ltd, chairman of Carlton & United Breweries Ltd and a director of the Union Trustee Co. of Australia Ltd. He was also a board-member of G. J. Coles & Co. Ltd. Norman was knighted in 1961 for ‘services to Australian industry’.

Norman was involved in the purchase of Toorak College, where his daughters went to school, in 1927. He was interested in a wide range of charitable organisations and sat on the board of management of the Alfred Hospital.

Sir Norman was an active Rotarian (State President 1938–39). He died in 1964.

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