Peter Shannon

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Peter Shannon
Born Peter James Shannon
1949 (age 68–69)
Melbourne, Australia
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Australian public servant and diplomat
Children 1 son

Peter James Shannon (born 1949 in Melbourne, Australia) was Australian Ambassador to Austria between 2006 and 2009.

Shannon holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney. He is married and has one son. Apart from English, he speaks French and Bislama, a Melanesian creole language.

Prior to his appointment as ambassador to Austria in 2006,[1] Shannon was Assistant Secretary, Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2002 - 2005). Amongst the other positions Shannon has held in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are Assistant Secretary, Americas Branch (1999 - 2002), Deputy Legal Adviser, Legal Branch (1991 - 1992), Director, Multilateral Law Section (1989 - 1990) and Director, Law of the Sea Section (1984 - 1986).[2]

Abroad from Australia, Shannon has held a number of positions, including Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to UNESCO, Paris (1996 - 1999) and High Commissioner to the Republic of Vanuatu (1992 - 1996).


  1. ^ Downer, Alexander (27 April 2006). "Diplomatic appointment - Ambassador to Austria" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Mr Peter Shannon: Ambassador to Austria, Australian Government, archived from the original on 29 June 2009 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Alan Brown
Permanent Delegate of Australia to UNESCO
1996 – 1999
Succeeded by
Matthew Peek
Preceded by
David Ambrose
Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu
1992 – 1996
Succeeded by
Alan Edwards
Preceded by
Deborah Stokes
Australian Ambassador to Austria
2006 – 2009
Succeeded by
Michael Potts