William Dunk

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Sir William Dunk
CBE
Secretary of the Department of External Affairs
In office
10 September 1945 – 25 March 1947
Personal details
Born William Ernest Dunk
1897
Died 1984
Nationality Australia Australian
Spouse(s) Elma Kathleen Evans (m. 1922)
Children Pat and Peter
Occupation Public servant

Sir William Ernest Dunk CBE (1897 – 1984) was a senior official in the Australian Public Service.

Life and career[edit]

William Dunk was born in 1897.[1]

He joined the Commonwealth Public Service in 1914 as a Clerk in the Auditor-General's Office.[1] He rose to hold positions including the Assistant Secretary for War Administration in the Department of the Treasury and Director of Reciprocal Land Lease in the Department of External Affairs.[2]

Between 1945 and 1947 he was Secretary of the Department of External Affairs.[3] In 1947, Dunk was appointed chairman of the Public Service Board, succeeding commissioner Frank Thorpe.[4] Well ahead of time, in October 1959, Dunk advised the Australian Government that he wished to retire in early 1961.[5] He retired officially from the chairmanship on 31 December 1960.[6]

After retirement, he was invited to New Zealand to advise the New Zealand Government on public service matters.[7]

Awards and honours[edit]

Dunk was appointed a Commander of the Order of Australia in June 1953 in recognition of his service as Chairman of the Public Service Board.[8] In 1957 he was made a Knight Bachelor.[9]

In 2009, a street in the Canberra suburb of Casey was named Dunk Street in William Dunk's honour.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dunk Street, ACT Government Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, archived from the original on 27 February 2014 
  2. ^ "Sir William Dunk To Retire In 1961, Successor Named". The Canberra Times. 12 October 1959. p. 1. 
  3. ^ CA 18: Department of External Affairs [II], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 18 April 2014 
  4. ^ "Mr. Dunk appointed Chairman of Public Service Board". The Canberra Times. 6 February 1947. p. 2. 
  5. ^ "Sir William Dunk to retire in 1961, Successor named". The Canberra Times. 12 October 1959. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "New head of Public Service Board". The Canberra Times. 4 January 1901. p. 2. 
  7. ^ "Sir William Dunk For New Zealand". The Canberra Times. 1 March 1961. p. 4. 
  8. ^ Search Australian Honours: DUNK, William Ernest, Australian Government, archived from the original on 18 April 2014 
  9. ^ Search Australian Honours: DUNK, William Ernest, Australian Government, archived from the original on 18 April 2014 
Government offices
Preceded by
William Hodgson
Secretary of the Department of External Affairs
1945 – 1947
Succeeded by
John Burton
Preceded by
Frank Thorpe
Chairman of the Public Service Board
1947 – 1960
Succeeded by
Frederick Wheeler