S S & J Nevile Fund

Jane Nevile


The late Jane Nevile was born in Malvern, Victoria, and was the youngest child of Essington Lewis, the great Australian industrialist and wartime director of munitions. It was Lewis who developed BHP into one of the most efficient steel companies in the world at that time.

Jane attended primary school in Melbourne before moving to Woodend, where she completed her secondary education. She qualified as a physiotherapist and worked for the Victorian Health Department in the poliomyelitis division. Later, she continued her physiotherapy career with the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Department.

Jane and her late husband Sandford had three children and settled in Research, north of Melbourne. Sandford was involved in the textile industry and managed Port Phillip Mills. At the time of his death in 1982, he was Head of the International Wool Textile Organisation.

In 1971, the family moved to Darriwill near Geelong and in 1994, Jane moved to Sutherlands Creek.

Jane was instrumental in the establishment of Riding for the Disabled and was a great supporter, making her properties available for horse-riding activities. She generously supported a range of charitable causes over the years, including the Geelong Community Foundation.

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