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Papers of Sir Keith Officer, 1911-1969 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2282123
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Officer, Keith, Sir, 1889-1969
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1911-1969] 
9.90 m. (14 boxes) + 12 fol. boxes, 4 fol. packets, 2 elephant folios. 

MS 2629 comprises correspondence, diaries, notes, photographs, publications and cuttings from Keith Officer's career as a public servant, diplomat, and as a member of the Institute of Pacific Relations and the Royal Institute of International Relations. The diaries date from 1911-1969. Correspondents include Sir Clive Baillieu, Lord Bruce, Lord Casey, Sir Owen Dixon, Sir William Dunk, Sir Peter Heydon, W.R. Hodgson, Hugh McClure-Smith, Sir Laurence McIntyre, Sir Robert Menzies, Sir William Harrison Moore, Keith Shann, Alfred Stirling, Sir Arthur Tange, Sir Alan Watt and Sir Thomas White (14 boxes, 12 fol. boxes, 4 fol. packets, 2 elephant folios).


Diplomat. Frank Keith Officer was born in Melbourne in 1889, a son of F.S. Officer and a grandson of Sir Robert Officer who was Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly for many years. Keith Officer attended Melbourne Grammar School and the University of Melbourne where he graduated in law in 1912. He was called to the Bar in 1914. During the First World War Officer served in the AIF in Egypt, Gallipoli, France and Belgium. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1917 and appointed O.B.E. in 1919. After the war he joined the British Colonial Service and was posted to Nigeria. In 1925, he joined the External Affairs Branch of the Prime Minister’s Department. The Branch became a separate Department of External Affairs in Canberra in 1935. Officer’s overseas posts included London, Washington, Tokyo, Moscow, Chungking, China, The Hague and Paris. He was created Knight Bachelor in 1950. Officer retired in 1955 and settled in England where he died in 1969.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 2629.

Related Material Keith Officer interviewed by Dr Cumpston, Donald Brech, Fay Tapprell, Richard Kendall in the Foreign Affairs Collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 503/4. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, C501.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid (22 p.) available in the Special Collections Reading Room. 
Subjects Officer, Keith, Sir, 1889-1969 -- Archives.  |  Australia. Department of External Affairs -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Royal Institute of International Relations.  |  Institute of Pacific Relations.  |  International relations.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Diplomatic and consular service, Australian.  |  Australia -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century.  |  Australia -- Officials and employees -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1911-1969 
Occupation Lawyers.  |  Diplomats.  |  Statesmen.
Terms of Use Copying of Sir Keith Officer's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 


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