J. G. Phillips

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Sir John Phillips

2nd Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
In office
July 1968 – July 1975
Preceded byH. C. Coombs
Succeeded byH. M. Knight
Personal details
Born13 March 1911
Mosman, New South Wales
Died7 October 1986(1986-10-07) (aged 75)
Manly, New South Wales

Sir John Grant Phillips KBE (13 March 1911 – 7 October 1986) was an Australian economist who became the second Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, from 1968 to 1975.[1][2] His name appeared on Australian currency notes as "J. G. Phillips".


In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 8 June 1968, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE),[3] and in the 1972 New Year Honours he was promoted Knight Commander in that order (KBE).[4]


In October 1986 his and his wife's bodies were found after their joint suicide. The couple had been a member of a local euthanasia society, and although in good health, had prepared for their joint suicide.[5][6]


  • Developments in monetary theory and policies (1971), R. C. Mills memorial lecture; 5 – ISBN 0-424-06260-7


  1. ^ http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/phillips-sir-john-grant-jock-15440
  2. ^ Governors of the Reserve Bank of Australia/Commonwealth Bank of Australia – The Governors and their Terms Archived 2009-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ It's an Honour: CBE
  4. ^ It's an Honour: KBE
  5. ^ Michael Laurence, 'Why after 51 years a couple decided to die', Sydney Morning Herald, 10 October 1986.
  6. ^ 'Bank Knight and Wife Found Dead', The Daily Telegraph, 9 October 1986.
Government offices
Preceded by
H. C. Coombs
Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
Succeeded by
HM Knight

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