| Keith Officer |
|Born||2 October 1889|
|Died||21 June 1969 (Age 79)|
|Alma mater||Melbourne Grammar School, Melbourne University|
One of the founders of the Australian Foreign Service. Single Bilderberg.
Sir Frank Keith Officer was an Australian public servant and diplomat, best known for his postings in ambassadorial positions around the world.
Life and career
From 1919 to 1923, Officer was a political officer of the British Colonial Service in Nigeria.
During 1937, Joseph Lyons appointed Keith Officer as a liaison officer posted with the British Embassy in Washington, with the diplomatic rank of "Counsellor". Officer continued in the job until February 1940 when he became the charge d'Affaires, pending the arrival of Richard Casey as the first Minister.
In 1948, Officer was appointed Australian Ambassador to the Republic of China. He was recalled from Nanking in November 1949 to consult with the Department of External Affairs on the recognition of the Communist Government in China, which did not happen.
Between 1950 and 1955 Officer was Australian Ambassador to France. He retired from the Commonwealth Public Service at the end of March 1955. His retirement prompted External Affairs Minister Richard Casey to write a letter touching on Officer's work, in which he said: "you can properly regard yourself not only as one of the founders of the Australian Foreign Service but as a model which men of succeeding generations can seek to emulate."
He attended the 1956 Bilderberg conference.
- http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11993135%7Ctitle=Mr Keith Officer's varied career