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Vale Sir James Gobbo 1931 – 2021

The International Specialised Skills Institute farewells our founder Sir James Gobbo.

Former Victorian Governor Sir James Gobbo, founder of the ISS Institute, passed away this weekend at the age of 90. We join with so many in Victoria, Australia and across the world in paying tribute to his great life of service and contribution.

It was Sir James’ foresight and vision for a better skilled and smarter Australia that led to the foundation of the International Specialised Skills Institute thirty years ago. Under his leadership, The ISS Institute has supported over 500 Fellows to acquire new skills and understand best practise internationally, to bring this back to Australia and to share with our community. The skills of our Fellows and of those taught by them in artisan crafts and trades, in art making, in teaching and in scholarship are a legacy he leaves in the Australian community that enriches all our lives.

The ISS Institute will continue to build on Sir James Gobbo’s legacy by focusing on and addressing skills gaps within Australia. We send our heartfelt condolences to Lady Gobbo and their entire family.

To build on Sir James Gobbo’s legacy and in lieu of flowers, you can assist the ISS Institute by making a donation to continue to fund our Fellowships.

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