William Macmahon Ball

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William Macmahon Ball AC
Born (1901-08-29)29 August 1901
Casterton, Victoria
Died 26 December 1986(1986-12-26) (aged 85)
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Melbourne (BA)
Occupation Public servant, diplomat
Spouse(s) Iris Shield (m. 1924; d. 1926)
Muriel Katrine Sandys Cliffe Anderson (m. 1928)

William Macmahon Ball, AC (29 August 1901 – 26 December 1986) was an Australian academic and diplomat. Born in Casterton, Victoria, he was educated at Caulfield Grammar School and the University of Melbourne, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, Ball studied both psychology and political science as a research fellow at Melbourne and the London School of Economics respectively.[1] He then travelled Europe as a Carnegie Travelling Fellow, and during the Munich crisis was the first foreigner allowed to visit Sachsenhausen concentration camp in several years.

He was a notable diplomat, working as an advisor to the Australian delegation at the San Francisco conference of the United Nations in 1945, Australian Minister to Japan, and British Commonwealth representative to the Allied Conference.

He later became a professor of political science at Melbourne University, and was a regular broadcaster on both the ABC and BBC. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1978 "for service to education and learning particularly in field of political science".[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ryan, Peter, "Ball, William Macmahon (1901–1986)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, archived from the original on 19 January 2016 
  2. ^ Australian Honours (2006). BALL, William MacMahon. Retrieved 12 June 2006.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Peter Ryan, William Macmahon Ball: A Memoir (1990)
  • Ai Kobayashi, W. Macmahon Ball: Politics for the People (2013)
Diplomatic posts
Australian declaration of war on Japan
Title last held by
John Latham
Australian Minister to Japan
Succeeded by
Patrick Shaw