Ted Hicks

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Sir Ted Hicks

CBE
Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand
In office
1968–1971
Preceded by David McNicol
Succeeded by Dame Annabelle Rankin
Secretary of the Department of Defence
In office
28 October 1956 5 January 1968
Preceded by Sir Frederick Shedden
Succeeded by Sir Henry Bland
Secretary of the Department of Air
In office
22 December 1951 1956
Preceded by Melville Langslow
Succeeded by Archibald McFarlane
Personal details
Born(1910-06-09)9 June 1910
Elsternwick, Victoria
Died14 May 1984(1984-05-14) (aged 73)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Resting placeGungahlin Cemetery
NationalityAustralian
Spouse(s)Jean MacPherson
(m. 1937–59; her death)
Lois Una Swindon
(m. 1961–84; his death)
Alma mater Australian National University
OccupationPublic servant

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.

Departmental secretary senior public servant of a Commonwealth or state government department

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.

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Life and career

Ted Hicks was born in Elsternwick, Melbourne, on 9 June 1910. [1] He was educated at Haileybury College and Melbourne Grammar School. [2] 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). [2]

Australian National University university in Canberra, Australia

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. [1]

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. [3] [4]

Hicks died in the Royal Canberra Hospital on 14 May 1984. [5]

Awards

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. [6] In June 1965, while Secretary of Defence, he was honoured as a Knight Bachelor. [7]

The dignity of Knight Bachelor is the basic and lowest rank of a man who has been knighted by the monarch but not as a member of one of the organised orders of chivalry; it is a part of the British honours system. Knights Bachelor are the most ancient sort of British knight, but Knights Bachelor rank below knights of chivalric orders.

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References

  1. 1 2 Farquharson, John (2007), "Hicks, Sir Edwin William (Ted) (1910–1984)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, archived from the original on 14 May 2013
  2. 1 2 "Canberra has two new knights". The Canberra Times. 12 June 1965. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014.
  3. Barnes, Allan (7 December 1967). "New head for Defence Dept". The Age. p. 1.
  4. "Envoy post to Sir Edwin Hicks". The Canberra Times. 7 December 1967. p. 1.
  5. "Family notices". The Canberra Times. 15 May 1984. p. 15.
  6. "Search Australian Honours: HICKS, Edwin William", itsanhonour.gov.au, Australian Government, archived from the original on 25 April 2014
  7. "Search Australian Honours: HICKS, Edwin William", itsanhonour.gov.au, Australian Government, archived from the original on 25 April 2014
Government offices
Preceded by
Melville Langslow
Secretary of the Department of Air
1951–1956
Succeeded by
Archibald McFarlane
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Shedden
Secretary of the Department of Defence
1956–1968
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Bland
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
David McNicol
Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand
1968–1971
Succeeded by
Dame Annabelle Rankin