Geoffrey Whiskard

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Sir Geoffrey Granville Whiskard
Sir Geoffrey Whiskard, c.12 September 1935
British High Commissioner to Australia
In office
Succeeded by Sir Ronald Cross, 1st Baronet
Personal details

19 August 1886

3 Hartington Villas, Penge Road, Beckenham, Kent

19 May 1957 (Age 70)

13 Mill Street, Mildenhall, Suffolk
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford

Sir Geoffrey Granville Whiskard KCB KCMG (1886 – 19 May 1957) was a British civil servant and diplomat.

Early life and education[edit]

Whiskard was born in Kent to Ernest Whiskard, a local bank manager and Lucy Marian, née Sutton, daughter of a Political Analyst. Shortly after the family moved to Kensington because Geoffrey's father Ernest had been appointed manager of the Capital and Counties Bank's local branch.

Whiskard was educated at St Paul's School, London and then in December 1904 he won a scholarship to Wadham College, Oxford, going up in October of the next year. He gained first class in Mods and Greats graduating in 1909.


Geoffrey entered the Home Office in 1911 and served as an Assistant Secretary to the Chief Secretary for Ireland during the Anglo-Irish war,[1] then in the Colonial Office 1922–25 and in the Dominions Office 1925–35. He was High Commissioner to Australia 1936–41, and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Works 1941–43 and at the Ministry of Town and Country Planning 1943–46.

Personal life[edit]

He married Cynthia Reeves in 1915, having three children Richard, Mary and John. On the 30 July 1940 Cynthia died of Heart Failure brought on by a severe Asthma attack whist visiting Sydney. Geoffrey did later remarry to Eileen Margaret Anderson after he had retired from Government.


In 1947 'Letters from a Civil Servant to his Son' was published. Whiskard had decided the keep his name anonymous. The letters in Geoffrey's book are addressed to Richard, the oldest son, and chronicle major parts of his life whilst covering heartfelt themes of love and war. His leaving school, enrolling in Oxford University and at the outbreak of the Second World War, where he joined the Welsh Guards. It was here Richard became friends with the esteemed painter Rex Whistler. Lieutenant Richard Whiskard died on Wednesday, 2 August 1944 at the age of 24.


  1. ^ "British Administration in Dublin Castle". Cairo Gang. Retrieved 27 June 2017.