Frank O'Connor (public servant)

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Frank O'Connor
CBE
Secretary of the Department of Supply and Shipping
In office
5 September 1946 – 29 July 1948
Secretary of the Department of Supply
In office
1953–1959
Personal details
Born Francis Alexander O'Connor
(1894-10-13)13 October 1894
Leongatha, Victoria
Died 16 April 1972(1972-04-16) (aged 77)
Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
Resting place Box Hill Cemetery
Nationality Australia Australian
Spouse(s) Annie Morrison Nunan
(m. 1925–1972; his death)
Occupation Public servant

Francis Alexander O'Connor CBE (13 October 1894 – 16 April 1972) was a senior Australian public servant. He was Secretary of the Department of Supply and Shipping (1946–1948) and later the Department of Supply (1953–1959).

Life and career

Frank O'Connor was born in Leongatha, Victoria on 13 October 1894.[1]

O'Connor was appointed Secretary of the Department of Supply and Shipping in September 1946.[2] In 1948, when there was a departmental reorganization, his position was reverted to first assistant secretary.[1][3]

He was appointed Secretary again in April 1953, the Department was by then known as the Department of Supply.[1][4] O'Connor retired from the Australian Public Service in 1959.[1]

On 16 April 1972, O'Connor died in Fitzroy, Melbourne aged 77.[1]

Awards

In 1953, O'Connor was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire[5] He was elevated to a Commander of the Order in June 1957,[6] in recognition of his outstanding public service.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Boxall, Helen (2000), "O'Connor, Francis Alexander (1894–1972)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, archived from the original on 7 May 2014 
  2. ^ CA 47: Department of Supply and Shipping, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 7 May 2014 
  3. ^ Chifley, Ben (24 March 1948). "Digest of decisions and announcements and important speeches by the Prime Minister" (Press release). Archived from the original on 7 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "New supply secretary". Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton, Queensland. 7 May 1953. p. 11. 
  5. ^ "Search Australian Honours: O'CONNOR, Francis Alexander", itsanhonour.gov.au, Australian Government, archived from the original on 7 May 2014 
  6. ^ "Search Australian Honours: O'CONNOR, Francis Alexander", itsanhonour.gov.au, Australian Government, archived from the original on 7 May 2014 
  7. ^ "Detailed List of Honours". The Age. 13 June 1957. p. 3. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Giles Chippindall
Secretary of the Department of Supply and Shipping
1946 – 1948
Succeeded by
John Jensen
as Secretary of the Department of Supply and Development
Succeeded by
George Sutcliffe
as Secretary of the Department of Shipping and Fuel
Preceded by
Jack Stevens
Secretary of the Department of Supply
1953 – 1959
Succeeded by
John Knott
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