Frederick Shedden

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Sir
Frederick Shedden
KCMG OBE
Secretary of the Department of Defence (II)
In office
17 November 1937 – 13 November 1939
Secretary of the Department of Defence Co-ordination
In office
13 November 1939 – 14 April 1942
Secretary of the Department of Home Security
In office
1 July 1941 – December 1941
Secretary of the Department of Defence (III)
In office
14 April 1942 – 28 October 1956
Personal details
Born Frederick Geoffrey Shedden
8 August 1893
Kyneton, Victoria
Died 7 July 1971(1971-07-07) (aged 77)
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Anne Cardno Edward
Parents George Shedden and Sarah Elizabeth Shedden (née Gray)
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Public servant

Sir Frederick Geoffrey Shedden KCMG OBE (8 August 1893 – 8 July 1971) was Secretary of Australia's Department of Defence from 1937 to 1956.[1]

Shedden was the subject of a biography, Defence Supremo written by David Horner and published by Allen & Unwin in 2000.[2]

Background and early life[edit]

Frederick Shedden was born 8 August 1893 in Kyneton, Victoria.[3]

Career[edit]

Shedden was Secretary to the Australian Government Department responsible for defence between 1937 and 1956:

Awards and honours[edit]

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 1933 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).[8]

In the New Year's Day Honours of 1941, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).[9]

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 1943 he was knighted – Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).[10]

In 2009, a street in the Canberra suburb of Casey was named Shedden Street in Frederick Shedden's honour.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Horner, David (2002). "Shedden, Sir Frederick Geoffrey (1893 – 1971)". Australian Dictionary of Biography (MUP) 16. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Defence Supremo, Allen & Unwin 
  3. ^ CP 320: Sir Frederick Geoffrey SHEDDEN KCMG, OBE, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 8 February 2014 
  4. ^ CA 19: Department of Defence [II] (Central Administration), National Archives of Australia, retrieved 8 February 2014 
  5. ^ CA 37: Department of Defence Co-ordination, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 8 February 2014 
  6. ^ CA 43: Department of Home Security, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 5 February 2014 
  7. ^ CA 46: Department of Defence [III], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 8 February 2014 
  8. ^ It's an Honour: OBE, Australian Government 
  9. ^ It's an Honour: CMG, Australian Government 
  10. ^ It's an Honour: KCMG, Australian Government 
  11. ^ Shedden Street, ACT Government Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, archived from the original on 27 February 2014 
Government offices
Preceded by
Malcolm Shepherd
Secretary of the Department of Defence (II)
1937 – 1939
Department abolished
New title
Department established
Secretary of the Department of Defence Co-ordination
1939 – 1942
Department abolished
New title
Department established
Acting Secretary of the Department of Home Security
1941
Succeeded by
Alexander Walker Welch
New title
Department established
Secretary of the Department of Defence (III)
1942 – 1956
Succeeded by
Ted Hicks