Bill Pritchett

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Bill Pritchett
AO
Secretary of the Department of Defence
In office
16 August 1979 – 6 February 1984
Personal details
Born William Beal Pritchett
31 January 1921
Sydney
Died 28 January 2014(2014-01-28) (aged 92)
Nationality Australia Australian
Spouse(s) Elvira "De" Voorstad
Children Isabel and Henry
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Public servant

William Beal "Bill" Pritchett AO (31 January 1921 – 28 January 2014) was a senior Australian public servant. He was Secretary of the Department of Defence between 1979 and 1984.

Early life[edit]

Bill Pritchett was born on 31 January 1921.[1] For schooling, he attended the Sydney Church of England Grammar School.[1] Pritchett studied for an Arts Degree at Sydney University, specializing in history and anthropology.[2]

Career[edit]

Pritchett served in World War II and then, in 1945, joined the Commonwealth Public Service as a Cadet in the Department of External Affairs.[1] His first overseas post was to Indonesia, during the country's struggle for independence from the Netherlands.[1]

In 1973, Pritchett was recruited to the Defence Department by his former boss in External Affairs, Arthur Tange.[3] He was later appointed Secretary of the Defence Department when Tange retired in 1979.[1][4] During his time as departmental head, Pritchett worked to improve the departmental culture.[5][6]

Pritchett retired from the public service in 1984.[1][7]

Awards and honours[edit]

In January 1984 Pritchett was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his public service.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Furlonger, Bob (8 February 2014). "William Pritchett: From diplomat to head of Defence Department". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 15 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Barratt, Paul (28 January 2014), "Vale Bill Prichett 1921–2014", Australian Observer, archived from the original on 6 February 2014 
  3. ^ Furlonger, Bob (7 February 2014). "William Pritchett: From diplomacy to the Defence Department". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 15 February 2014. 
  4. ^ CA 46: Department of Defence [III], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 16 February 2014 
  5. ^ "Vale W.D. Pritchett, 1921-2014", Letter to the Canberra Times (not published) (Australia Defence Association), 7 February 2014, archived from the original on 15 February 2014 
  6. ^ Dobell, Graeme (6 February 2014), "To think and to do in Defence", The Strategist: The Australian Strategic Policy Institute Blog (The Australian Strategic Policy Institute), archived from the original on 14 February 2014 
  7. ^ Waterford, Jack (2 February 2014). "A gentleman in an unforgiving world". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 6 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Search Australian Honours: PRITCHETT, William Beal, Australian Government 
Government offices
Preceded by
Arthur Tange
Secretary of the Department of Defence
1979 – 1984
Succeeded by
William Cole