|Sir Talbot Duckmanton
|General Manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission|
26 February 1965 – 1 July 1982
|Preceded by||Sir Charles Moses|
|Succeeded by||Keith Jennings|
|Born||Talbot Sydney Duckmanton
25 October 1921
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
|Died||12 June 1995
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Florence Simmonds (m. 1947–78)
Janet Strickland (m. 1979–81)
|Service/branch||Australian Army (1941–43)
Royal Australian Air Force (1943–45)
|Years of service||1941–1945|
Sir Talbot Sydney Duckmanton CBE (25 October 1921 – 12 June 1995) was an Australian broadcaster and radio and television administrator. As General Manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission he oversaw the advent of colour television, ABC Classic FM and Triple J.
He began his career as a cadet announcer at the ABC in Brisbane in 1939 and had a wide ranging career working as a news announcer and sporting broadcaster. During World War II Duckmanton saw active service as a pilot and was later a war correspondent. From 1952 until 1954 he was the Assistant Manager of the Brisbane office.
He was Deputy General Manager of the organisation 1964–65, and General Manager from 1965 until his retirement in 1982.
It was rumoured and is widely believed that Sir Talbot Duckmanton was responsible for choosing the ABC post office box number 9994 in recognition of Sir Don Bradman's batting average of 99.94. However this only became the ABC's box number in 1983, after Duckmanton's retirement. There is as yet no published evidence that the connection between the box number and Bradman's average was intentional.
Talbot Duckmanton was President of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union 1973–77, and President of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association 1975–82. From 1968 until 1973 he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of Newington College Council.
In a story published on 4 October 2004 on the ABC Brisbane (612AM) website, a task was set to find a name for the mascot of ABC Brisbane. In an article on the same website published on 27 October 2004, 'Talbot' (in honour of Duckmanton) was declared the winner over the other candidate 'Gabba' (a reference to the nickname of the Brisbane Cricket Ground in the suburb of Woolloongabba).
He married Florence Simmonds in 1947 and had four children, Christine, Susan, Craig Talbot and Kim.  Florence died in 1978. The following year he married Janet Strickland, the Australian Chief Censor, but they separated two years later. His third marriage was to Carolyn Wright, an Englishwoman. This marriage also lasted only two years. He later went back to Janet Strickland.
- Commander of the Order of the British Empire 1971 – In recognition of service as the General Manager of the ABC
- Knight Bachelor 1980 – In recognition of service to broadcasting 
- Inglis, Ken S., This Is the ABC 1932 – 1983, Black Inc 2006
- Inglis, Ken S., Whose ABC? 1983 – 2006, Black Inc 2006
- "75 Year of ABC". ABC Website.
- "Talbot Duckmanton". The Duckmanton Family Website.
- The Independent, 17 June 1995
- Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp55
- Inglis, works cited
- Gapps, Stephen; Newington College (2012), Newington College : a sesquicentenary history 1863-2013, Stanmore, NSW Newington College, ISBN 978-0-9873016-0-4
- "Name 612 ABC's New Mascot". 612 ABC Brisbane. 2004-10-04. Archived from the original on September 9, 2005. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- "Would the real Talbot Duckmanton please stand up". 612 ABC Brisbane. 2004-10-27. Archived from the original on April 20, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- "It's an Honour". Retrieved 2008-06-12.
Newington College Council
Sir Charles Moses
|General Manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission