J. G. Phillips

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Sir John Grant Phillips KBE
2nd Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
In office
July 1968 – July 1975
Preceded by H. C. Coombs
Succeeded by HM Knight
Personal details
Born 13 March 1911
Died 7 October 1986
Nationality Australia Australian
Profession Economist

Sir John Grant Phillips KBE (13 March 1911 – 7 October 1986) was an Australian economist who became the second Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, from 1968 to 1975.[1] His name appeared on Australian currency notes as "J. G. Phillips".


In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 8 June 1968, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE),[2] and in the 1972 New Year Honours he was promoted Knight Commander in that order (KBE).[3]


In October 1986 his and his wife's bodies were found after their joint suicide.[4][5]



  1. ^ Governors of the Reserve Bank of Australia/Commonwealth Bank of Australia - The Governors and their Terms
  2. ^ It's an Honour: CBE
  3. ^ It's an Honour: KBE
  4. ^ Michael Laurence, 'Why after 51 years a couple decided to die', Sydney Morning Herald, 10 October 1986.
  5. ^ 'Bank Knight and Wife Found Dead', The Daily Telegraph, 9 October 1986.
Preceded by
H. C. Coombs
Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
1968 - 1975
Succeeded by
HM Knight

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