List of High Commissioners of the United Kingdom to Australia

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The following persons have served as British High Commissioner to Australia. Countries belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations typically exchange High Commissioners, rather than Ambassadors. Though there are a few technical and historical differences, they are now in practice one and the same office. Despite Britain's close relationship with Australia, there was only a High Commissioner from London appointed in 1936.

Prior to 1936, the Governor-General of Australia was the official representative of the British government, as well as the crown. This was changed after the 1926 Imperial Conference and the subsequent Balfour Declaration and the Statute of Westminster. Although Australia didn't ratify the Statute of Westminster until 1942 (retroactive to 1939), the United Kingdom appointed a High Commissioner to regularise the role of the Governor-General in Australia.

High Commissioner Start of Term End of Term
Sir Geoffrey Whiskard GCMG 1936 1941
The Rt Hon. Sir Ronald Cross KCMG KCVO 1941 1945
Edward Williams 1946 1952
Sir Stephen Holmes 1952 1956
The Rt Hon. The Lord Carrington KG GCMG CH MC PC DL 1956 1959
Sir William Oliver GBE KCB KCMG DL 1959 1965
Sir Charles Johnston GCMG KStJ 1965 1971
The Rt Hon. Sir Morrice James GCMG CVO MBE 1971 1976
Sir Donald Tebbit GCMG 1976 1980
Sir John Mason 1980 1984
Sir John Leahy KCMG 1984 1988
Sir John Coles 1988 1991
Sir Brian Barder 1991 1994
Sir Roger Carrick 1994 1997
The Hon. Alex Allan 1997 1999
The Rt Hon. Lord Goodlad KCMG PC 1999 2005
The Rt Hon. Helen Liddell 2005 2009
The Rt Hon. Baroness Amos PC 2009 2010
Paul Madden[1] CMG 2011 Present

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