Roland Wilson (economist)

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Sir Roland Wilson

Secretary of the Department of Labour and National Service
In office
14 November 1940 – 7 March 1946
Secretary of the Department of the Treasury
In office
1 April 1951 – 27 October 1966
Commonwealth Statistician
In office
1936-1940–1946- 1951
Preceded byEdward Tannock McPhee
Personal details
Born(1904-04-07)7 April 1904
Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia
Died25 October 1996(1996-10-25) (aged 92)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Spouse(s)
  • Valeska Thompson (m. 1930–1971; her death)
  • Joyce(m. 1975–1996; his death)
Alma mater
OccupationPublic servant

Sir Roland Wilson CBE (7 April 1904 – 25 October 1996) was a senior Australian public servant and economist.

Life and career[edit]

Wilson was born in Ulverstone, Tasmania on 7 April 1904.[1] He studied at Devonport High School, where he won a scholarship to take an economics course at the University of Tasmania.[1] He became a Rhodes Scholar in 1925, the first Tasmanian from a state school to win the scholarship.[2] The Rhodes Scholarship took him to the University of Oxford where he studied for the degree of doctor of philosophy.[1]

Wilson became Commonwealth Statistician in 1936.[3]

Wilson was appointed Secretary of the Department of Labour and National Service as a war-time secondment in 1940.[1][4]

In 1946, after World War II, Wilson resumed his position as Commonwealth Statistician until the Menzies Government made him Secretary of the Department of the Treasury in 1951.[1]

On leaving Treasury in 1966, Wilson was the Chairman of Qantas until 1972, and between 1973 and 1975 was the Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1941[6] and knighted in 1955.

The Sir Roland Wilson Building at the Australian National University is named after Wilson, in recognition of his significant contribution to public policy and administration in Australia and in many international forums.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Farquharson, John, Wilson, Sir Roland (1904–1996), Australian National University, archived from the original on 19 May 2013
  2. ^ Henry, Ken (14 August 2007), Achieving and maintaining full employment (PDF), Canberra, archived from the original (PDF) on 13 April 2014
  3. ^ Castles, Ian (30 October 1996), Sir Roland Wilson: Obituary, archived from the original on 4 March 2014
  4. ^ CA 40: Department of Labour and National Service, Central Secretariat/ (by 1947 known as Central Office), National Archives of Australia, retrieved 13 April 2014
  5. ^ Skewes, Gary (4 November 2013), Silver Cigarette Presentation Box to Sir Roland Wilson, Australian Broadcasting Commission, archived from the original on 13 April 2014
  6. ^ It's an Honour: CBE. Retrieved 14 Apr 2014
  7. ^ Sir Roland Wilson Building (Building 120), Lost On Campus, archived from the original on 8 October 2013
Government offices
New title
Department established
Secretary of the Department of Labour and National Service
1940–1946
Succeeded by
William Funnell
Preceded by
George Watt
Secretary of the Department of the Treasury
1951–1966
Succeeded by
Dick Randall