Frederic Eggleston

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Sir Frederic Eggleston
Sir Frederic Eggleston as Minister to USA in group portrait of Australian delegates to the United Nations conference in San Francisco, 1945.jpg
Born(1875-10-17)17 October 1875
Died12 November 1954(1954-11-12) (aged 79)
NationalityAustralian
Alma materUniversity Of Melbourne
OccupationDiplomat, Lawyer, Author, Politician

Sir Frederic William Eggleston (17 October 1875 – 12 November 1954) was an Australian lawyer, politician, diplomat and writer.

Early life[edit]

The eldest son of lawyer John Waterhouse Eggleston and his wife, Emily, his grandfather was the Methodist minister Rev. John Eggleston. His maternal grandparents were also Methodists. His mother died early in his life in 1884 and his father married Ada Crouch in 1887.

Career[edit]

Eggleston was on good terms with John Latham and in 1902 founded a group known as the 'Boobooks' with him.[1] Eggleston was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the member for Member for St Kilda in 1920 and was appointed Attorney-General of Victoria and Solicitor-General of Victoria (1924 – 1927) in the government of John Allan.[2]

Frederic Eggleston was appointed Australia's first Ambassador to China in 1941. For his role as Chairman of the Commonwealth Grants Commission, in the 1941 King's Birthday honours he was made a Knight Bachelor.[3]

Later life[edit]

He died in 1954.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stuart Macintyre, Latham, Sir John Greig (1877–1964), adb.anu.edu.au. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Sir Frederic William Eggleston". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Mr Frederick William EGGLESTON". It's an Honour database. Australian Government. 12 June 1941. Retrieved 17 June 2017. Chairman - Commonwealth Grants Commission
  4. ^ Osmond, Warren. "Eggleston, Sir Frederic William (1875 - 1954)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.

 

Civic offices
Preceded by
Mayor of Caulfield
1914 – 1915
Succeeded by
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Agar Wynne
Member for St Kilda
1920 – 1927
Succeeded by
Burnett Gray
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Water Supply
1924
Succeeded by
John Gordon
Preceded by
Francis Old
as Minister of Agriculture and Railways
Minister of Railways
1924
Succeeded by
Edmond Hogan
as Minister for Agriculture and Railways
Preceded by
Edmond Hogan
Minister of Railways
1924 – 1926
Succeeded by
John Allan
Preceded by
Bill Slater
Attorney-General of Victoria
Solicitor-General of Victoria

1924 – 1927
Succeeded by
John Allan
Diplomatic posts
New title Australian Minister to China
1941 – 1944
Succeeded by
Keith Officer
as Chargé d'affaires
Preceded by
Owen Dixon
Australian Minister to the United States
1944 – 1946
Succeeded by
Norman Makin
Australian Ambassador to the United States
1946