Sir Ted Hicks
|Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand|
|Preceded by||David McNicol|
|Succeeded by||Dame Annabelle Rankin|
|Secretary of the Department of Defence|
28 October 1956 –5 January 1968
|Preceded by||Sir Frederick Shedden|
|Succeeded by||Sir Henry Bland|
|Secretary of the Department of Air|
22 December 1951 –1956
|Preceded by||Melville Langslow|
|Succeeded by||Archibald McFarlane|
|Born||9 June 1910|
|Died||14 May 1984 73) (aged|
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
|Resting place||Gungahlin Cemetery|
(m. 1937–59; her death)
Lois Una Swindon
(m. 1961–84; his death)
|Alma mater||Australian National University|
Sir Edwin William "Ted" Hicks CBE (9 June 1910 – 14 May 1984) was a senior Australian public servant and diplomat. He was Secretary of the Department of Defence from 1956 to 1968.
In the administration of government in Australia, a departmental secretary is the most senior public servant of a Commonwealth or state government department, charged with leading the department on a day-to-day basis.
The Department of Defence is a department of the Government of Australia charged with the responsibility to defend Australia and its national interests. Along with the Australian Defence Force (ADF), it forms part of the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) and is accountable to the Commonwealth Parliament, on behalf of the Australian people, for the efficiency and effectiveness with which it carries out the Government's defence policy.
Ted Hicks was born in Elsternwick, Melbourne, on 9 June 1910.He was educated at Haileybury College and Melbourne Grammar School. Hicks and his parents together moved to Canberra in 1927 and Hicks studied Commerce at the Canberra University College (now known as the Australian National University).
The Australian National University (ANU) is a national research university located in Canberra, the capital of Australia. Its main campus in Acton encompasses seven teaching and research colleges, in addition to several national academies and institutes.
Hicks was appointed Secretary of the Department of Air in 1951, and his effectiveness there led to his appointment in 1956 as head of the Department of Defence, succeeding Frederick Shedden, who had been in the role for many years, including for the entire duration of World War II.
Hicks announced that he would retire from the Department of Defence in December 1967, to be appointed Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand from early 1968.
Hicks died in the Royal Canberra Hospital on 14 May 1984.
Hicks was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in May 1956 for his service as Secretary of the Department of Air. In June 1965, while Secretary of Defence, he was honoured as a Knight Bachelor.
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| Secretary of the Department of Air |
Sir Frederick Shedden
| Secretary of the Department of Defence |
Sir Henry Bland
| Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand |
Dame Annabelle Rankin
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