Allen Brown (public servant)

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Sir Allen Brown
CBE
Secretary of the Department of Post-War Reconstruction
In office
1 January 1949 – 24 August 1949
Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department
In office
25 August 1949 – 31 December 1958
Personal details
Born (1911-07-03)3 July 1911
Died 2 August 1999(1999-08-02) (aged 88)
Nationality Australia Australian
Spouse(s) Hilda (m. 1936; d. 1997)
Children Roger, Helen and Joan
Alma mater University of Melbourne (MA, LLM)
Occupation Public servant

Sir Allen Stanley Brown CBE (3 July 1911 – 2 August 1999) was a senior Australian Public Servant. He was Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department between August 1949 and December 1958.

Life and career[edit]

Allen Brown was born on 3 July 1911. He was educated at Caulfield Grammar School, Wesley College and the University of Melbourne.[1]

In 1949, Brown served as Secretary of the Department of Post-War Reconstruction.[2] During his time at the Department, Brown was instrumental in the early years of the Snowy Mountains Scheme project.[1]

Brown was Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department between August 1949 and December 1958.[3] From the Prime Minister's Department, Brown's next appointment was in the diplomatic service, he was Deputy High Commissioner for Australia in the United Kingdom.[4]

In 1965, Brown was appointed Australian Ambassador to Japan.[5] While in the role he led Australia's observation team at the 1967 South Vietnamese presidential election. The observing delegation was invited by the South Vietnamese Government.[6] Brown observed polling in Huế.[7]

Brown retired from the Commonwealth public service in 1971.[8]

Awards[edit]

Brown was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in January 1953.[9] He was named a Knight Bachelor in January 1956.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Farquharson 1999.
  2. ^ CA 49: Department of Post-War Reconstruction, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 28 December 2013 
  3. ^ CA 12: Prime Minister's Department, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 23 March 2014 
  4. ^ "London post for Sir Allen Brown". The Canberra Times. ACT. 14 August 1958. p. 2. 
  5. ^ "New envoy to Japan named". The Canberra Times. 4 February 1965. p. 1. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Poll observers named". The Canberra Times. ACT. 26 August 1967. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Observers impressed by poll facilities". The Canberra Times. ACT. 4 September 1967. p. 1. 
  8. ^ McMahon, William. "Retirement of Sir Allen Brown" (Press release). Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Search Australian Honours: BROWN, Allen Stanley, Australian Government, archived from the original on 23 March 2014 
  10. ^ Search Australian Honours: BROWN, Allen Stanley, Australian Government, archived from the original on 23 March 2014 

References[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
H. C. Coombs
Secretary of the Department of Post-War Reconstruction
1949
Succeeded by
Finlay Crisp
Preceded by
Frank Strahan
Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department
1949 – 1959
Succeeded by
John Bunting
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Laurence McIntyre
Australian Ambassador to Japan
1965–1970
Succeeded by
Gordon Freeth