Percy Deane

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Percy Deane
Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department
In office
11 February 1921 – 31 December 1928
Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs
In office
1 January 1929 – 12 April 1932
Personal details
Born Percival Edgar Deane
(1890-08-10)10 August 1890
Port Melbourne, Victoria
Died 17 August 1946(1946-08-17) (aged 56)
Caulfield, Victoria
Nationality Australia Australian
Spouse(s) Ruth Marjorie Manning (m. 1917)
Children 1 daughter
Occupation Public servant

Percival Edgar Deane CMG (10 August 1890–17 August 1946) was an Australian public servant.

Deane was born in Port Melbourne, the son of a carpenter. He won a scholarship to University High School, Melbourne, and then worked as a typewriter salesman, shorthand writer, and clerk at the University of Melbourne, before going into business, becoming part-owner of two companies, and founding and editing Australian Golfer (being an outstanding golfer himself).

On the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and was posted to the 1st Australian General Hospital in Egypt, where he was commissioned Lieutenant and Quartermaster. In April 1916 he was invalided back to Australia suffering from overstrain.

In November 1916 he was appointed private secretary to Prime Minister Billy Hughes. He was secretary to the Australian delegation to the Versailles Conference, for which he was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1920 New Year Honours,[1] and to the Australian delegations to the Imperial Conferences of 1921 and 1926. In February 1921 he was appointed Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department and in 1929 Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs until its abolition in 1932. From 1932 until his retirement on medical grounds (with myocarditis) in 1936, he was a member of the War Pensions Entitlement Appeals Tribunal.[2]

In his retirement, Deane broke his hip in a street-fall and became bedridden, eventually dying of cancer on 17 August 1946 at the age of 56.[3]


  1. ^ "No. 31712". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1919. p. 4. 
  2. ^ "Mr Percy Dean Resigns: Federal Service Figure". News. Adelaide, SA. 13 August 1936. p. 3. 
  3. ^ Murray-Smith 1981.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Malcolm Shepherd
Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department
1921 – 1928
Succeeded by
John McLaren
Preceded by
William Clemens
Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs
1929 – 1932
Succeeded by
Herbert Charles Brown
as Secretary of the Department of the Interior