Carl Berendsen

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Carl Berendsen
Personal information
Full name Carl August Berendsen
Born (1890-08-16)16 August 1890
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died 12 September 1973(1973-09-12) (aged 83)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Role Wicket-keeper
Domestic team information
Years Team
1911/12 Wellington
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 4
Runs scored 19
Batting average 3.16
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 8*
Catches/stumpings 7/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 November 2008

Sir Carl August Berendsen KCMG (16 August 1890 – 12 September 1973) was a New Zealand civil servant and diplomat. He was the creator of the Department of External Affairs, and collaborated with Michael Joseph Savage. He was Secretary for External Affairs 1928–32, Head of the Prime Minister's Department 1932–43, and Secretary of the War Cabinet 1939–43. He attended all Imperial Conferences 1926–43, and assemblies of the League of Nations and later the United Nations.

Berendsen served as the country's first High Commissioner to Australia, from 1943 until 1944. He was then transferred to Washington, D.C., where he served as Minister to the United States between 1944 and 1952. In late 1967 he was appointed as member of the team headed by UN envoy Gunnar Jarring to establish peace in the Middle East following the Six Day War.

He was born in Sydney, Australia, and educated (LLM) at Victoria University College. Berendsen served with New Zealand forces in Samoa in World War I.

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[1] He was knighted in 1946.[2]

He was a New Zealand cricketer who played four first-class matches for Wellington.


  1. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "(Supplement) no. 37410". The London Gazette. 28 December 1945. p. 157. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Walter Nash
Minister from New Zealand in the United States
Succeeded by
Leslie Munro
New title Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York