Stuart McFarlane

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Stuart McFarlane
Secretary of the Department of the Treasury
In office
1 March 1938 – 31 December 1949
Personal details
Born Stuart Gordon McFarlane
(1885-05-04)4 May 1885
Maldon, Victoria
Died 2 November 1970(1970-11-02) (aged 85)
Resting place Canberra Cemetery
Nationality Australia Australian
Spouse(s) Mary Grace McDermott (m. 1923; d. 1952)
Evelyn Mary, née Bray (m. 1958)[1]
Children Ian McFarlane[2][3]
Occupation Public servant

Stuart Gordon McFarlane CMG (4 May 1885 – 31 December 1970) was a senior Australian public servant. He was Secretary of the Department of the Treasury between 1938 and 1949.

Life and career[edit]

Stuart McFarlane was born at Maldon, Victoria on 4 May 1885.[4]

McFarlane began his career in the Commonwealth public service as a clerk in the Finance Branch of the Department of the Treasury in 1903.[4] Between 1911 and 1926, he worked in the Postmaster-General's Department.[4]

He went on to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Finance Branch between 1926 and 1932,[4] and then Assistant Secretary in the Administration Branch.[4]

He was appointed Secretary of the Treasury in March 1938.[4]

During his time in the public service, McFarlane travelled quite extensively, including to India, Papua New Guinea and England.[5]


In 1933, McFarlane was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.[6]


  1. ^ Cornish, Selwyn (2000), "McFarlane, Stuart Gordon (1885–1970)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, archived from the original on 14 May 2013 
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Rick (30 October 2008). "Resources boss sought to develop Queensland oil: Ian McFarlane, 1923–2008". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Treasurer pays tribute to PS veteran". The Canberra Times. 5 November 1970. p. 7. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f CP 488: Stuart Gordon MCFARLANE CMG, MBE, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 28 March 2014 
  5. ^ Embroidered silk mats from India, 1900 - 1925, Powerhouse Museum, archived from the original on 26 January 2012 
  6. ^ Search Australian Honours: McFARLANE, Stuart Gordon, Australian Government, archived from the original on 28 March 2014 
Government offices
Preceded by
Harry Sheehan
Secretary of the Department of the Treasury
1938 – 1949
Succeeded by
George Watt