Keith Brennan

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Keith Brennan AO
Born
Keith Gabriel Brennan

(1915-03-25)25 March 1915
Hawthorn, Melbourne
Died16 January 1985(1985-01-16) (aged 69)
North Adelaide
NationalityAustralian
Alma mater University of Melbourne (LLB)
OccupationPublic servant, diplomat
Spouse(s)
Suzanne Brennan
(m. 1945;died 1977)

Keith Gabriel Brennan AO (25 March 1915 16 January 1985) was an Australian diplomat and public servant.

Born on 25 March 1915 in Hawthorn, Brennan was the youngest of five children. He was schooled at St Patrick's College, East Melbourne, before studying part time for a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Melbourne. He joined the Commonwealth Public Service in the Department of the Army in 1940. [1]

Brennan transferred to the Department of External Affairs in 1947. His early overseas postings were to the United States and Japan. [1] In 1972 he relocated to Dublin to serve as Australian Ambassador to Ireland. [2] His time in Ireland was cut short when in 1974 Gough Whitlam decided to send Vince Gair to the post for domestic political reasons. Brennan and his wife were moved to Switzerland and he took on the role of Australian Ambassador to Switzerland. Brennan spent seven years living in Berne, representing Australia at several important international law conventions, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. [1] [3] While he was resident in Berne, Brennan's wife, Suzanne, whom he had married on 3 April 1945, died on 25 October 1977. [4]

In 1983 Brennan was accepted as a candidate for priesthood by Archbishop of Adelaide James Gleeson. [5]

Brennan died in Adelaide on 16 January 1985. [1]

Officer of the Order of Australia

Brennan was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday 1979 Honours for his public service as a diplomat. [6]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Henderson, Peter, "Brennan, Keith Gabriel (1915–1985)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, archived from the original on 5 March 2016
  2. CA 1330: Australian Embassy, Ireland [Dublin], National Archives of Australia, retrieved 22 November 2016
  3. "Sea-zone law progress". The Canberra Times. 14 May 1977. p. 8.
  4. "Obituary: Mrs Suzanne Brennan". The Canberra Times. 26 October 1977. p. 18.
  5. "New vocation". The Canberra Times. 31 January 1983. p. 3.
  6. "Queen's Birthday 1979 Honours" (PDF), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Australian Government, 16 June 1979, archived from the original (PDF) on 12 February 2014
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
R. Bonner
Australian Ambassador to Ireland
1972–1974
Succeeded by
Vince Gair
Preceded by
John Rowland
Australian Ambassador to Switzerland
1974–1981
Succeeded by
Pierre Hutton