A. T. Anderson

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A. T. Anderson
Birth name Austin Thomas Anderson
Born 28 August 1868
Died 22 February 1949
Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia
Rank Brigadier-General
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Légion d'honneur
Other work Private Secretary to the Governors of New South Wales

Brigadier-General Austin Thomas Anderson CMG (1886–1949) was an Australian brigadier-general who was in the Royal Artillery.

Anderson was the son of William Mather Anderson (Chief Inspector of the Oriental Bank in London and Acting Governor of Mauritius at one time) and Mary Anne Neilley (born and married in Australia and died in England).[citation needed] He was born on 28 August 1868 in Mauritius.[1]

On 8 October 1908, Anderson married Ethel Campbell in Ahmednagar, India.[1] During World War I, he served in the 7th (Meerut) Division and was commanded the 48th (South Midland) Division artillery from 1920 through 1924. He retired from the military in 1924 and settled in Sydney.[1]

Anderson is said to have received the French Légion d'honneur medal in the park at Cambrai in 1916. However, the Musée de la Légion d'honneur says that Augustin Thomas Anderson, a colonel in the British Army, received the medal on 12 December 1918.[citation needed]

From 1927 through 1939 he was the private secretary to Sir Dudley de Chair, the Governor of New South Wales, Australia,[2] Sir Philip Game, and Sir Alexander Hore-Ruthven.[1] In 1939 he became the Comptroller to the Governor General.[1]

Anderson died on 22 February 1949 in Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Rutledge, Martha. "Austin Thomas Anderson". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 
  2. ^ "Turramurra Memorial Park And Karuah Park- Historical background" (PDF). Sunday 1 April 1928 by His Excellency, the Governor, Sir Dudley de Chair who was accompanied by his private secretary Brigadier General A. T. Anderson C. M. G., who was himself a resident of Turramurra.