Alan Renouf

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Alan Renouf
Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs
In office
3 January 1974 (1974-01-03) – 18 February 1977 (1977-02-18)
12th Ambassador of Australia to
the United States
In office
9 February 1976 – 20 May 1979
Preceded byNick Parkinson
Succeeded byRobert B. Birch
(Chargé d'affaires)
Personal details
Alan Phillip Renouf

(1919-03-21)21 March 1919
Died26 May 2008(2008-05-26) (aged 89)
NationalityAustralia Australian
Spouse(s)Emilia Mira Campins (m. 1948)
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
OccupationPublic servant

Alan Phillip Renouf OBE (21 March 1919 – 26 May 2008)[1] was a prominent Australian government official during the 1970s.

Life and career[edit]

Renouf joined the Commonwealth Public Service in the Department of External Affairs in 1943, after serving in the army.[2]

In 1960, Renouf was appointed the first Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, a position in which he remained until 1963.[3] Between 1963 and 1965, Renouf worked at the Australian embassy in Washington, D.C.[4] He and his wife returned to Canberra for less than a year before Renouf was named Australia's first Ambassador to Yugoslavia in August 1966, to begin his appointment in November.[2]

From 1969 to 1973, Renouf was Australia's Ambassador to France.[5] In 1969, he was named Australia's first Ambassador to Portugal, with the intent that he would continue to reside in Paris.[6][7]

From 1974 to 1977, Renouf was the permanent head of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs.[8]

During 1978 and 1979 he was the Australian Ambassador to the United States.[8]

Alan Renouf wrote at least three books: The Frightened Country (1979),[8] Let Justice Be Done. The Foreign Policy of Dr H.V. Evatt (1983) and Malcolm Fraser and Australian Foreign Policy (1986).[8]


  1. ^ Death notice, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 May 2008
  2. ^ a b "The first envoy to Belgrade". The Canberra Times. 26 August 1966. p. 3.
  3. ^ CA 7832: Australian High Commission, Nigeria [Lagos], National Archives of Australia, retrieved 15 April 2015
  4. ^ "Diplomat's wife in search of elusive degree". The Canberra Times. 1 September 1966. p. 18.
  5. ^ "The Australian Ambassador in Paris..." The Canberra Times. 21 February 1969. p. 7.
  6. ^ "Embassy in Portugal". The Canberra Times. 12 April 1969. p. 3.
  7. ^ "Embassy in Portugal". The Canberra Times. 30 July 1969. p. 3.
  8. ^ a b c d Hogue, Cavan (29 May 2008). "Straight-talker in diplomatic ranks". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 24 March 2014.
Government offices
Preceded by Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Diplomatic posts
New title
Position established
Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria
Succeeded by
L.E. Phillips
New title
Position established
Australian Ambassador to Yugoslavia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Australian Ambassador to France
Succeeded by
Preceded by Permanent Delegate of Australia to UNESCO
Preceded by Australian Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by