Gerry Nutter

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Gerry Nutter
Daniel Gerald Nutter

1928 (age 91–92)
OccupationPublic servant, diplomat

Daniel Gerald "Gerry" Nutter (born 1928) is a former Australian public servant and diplomat.

He was educated at North Sydney Boys High School.

Nutter joined the Department of External Affairs in 1949. His early postings whilst an officer in the department were to Saigon, Katmandu, Delhi, Tokyo, Vientiane, Bonn and Berlin.[1]

From 1973 to 1975, Nutter was head of national assessments in the Department of Defence, a precursor to the modern-day stand-alone Office of National Assessments. In the role he was responsible for long-term intelligence functions. His first ambassadorial post was Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, from 1975 to 1978.[2][3] Nutter's next appointment was Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea was announced in September 1977.[4] Whilst resident in Port Moresby, Nutter made extensive tours to inspect Australian tax-funded development projects across the nation.[5]

In 1985, Nutter was appointed Australian Ambassador to Italy.[6][7]

He died on 13 September 2016.[8]


  1. ^ Summary of Gerry Nutter interviewed by Michael Wilson for the Australian diplomacy 1950-1990 oral history project [sound recording]
  2. ^ "Directors changed". The Canberra Times. 24 March 1973. p. 6.
  3. ^ "Envoy to Manila". The Canberra Times. 21 November 1974. p. 3.
  4. ^ Hastings, Peter (16 September 1977). "Reshuffle of senior diplomats next year". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 8.
  5. ^ Thornhill, Alan (10 October 1979). "Aid without ties enhances Australia's reputation in the third world. PNG: a new period of co-operation". The Canberra Times. p. 20.
  6. ^ "New ambassador". The Age. 23 April 1985. p. 5.
  7. ^ "Italian posting". The Canberra Times. 23 April 1985. p. 3.
  8. ^ Death notice in Sydney Morning Herald on 17 September 2016
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Peter Henderson
Australian Ambassador to the Philippines
Succeeded by
Richard Woolcott
Preceded by
Tom Critchley
Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea
Succeeded by
Robert Birch
Preceded by
Keith Douglas-Scott
Australian Ambassador to Italy
Succeeded by
A.D. Campbell