List of High Commissioners of Australia To The United Kingdom

List Of High Commissioners Of Australia To The United Kingdom

This is a List of Australian High Commissioners to the United Kingdom. The official title is: Her Majesty's Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

The High Commission of Australia in London is Australia's oldest diplomatic posting, having been established in 1910. Australia House became the site of the mission in 1913.

Prior to this, and prior to federation, Australia was represented through the Agents-General of the colonies, the oldest being New South Wales in 1864. The colonies became states upon federation in 1901 and many continue to maintain an office in London.

Four of Australia's Prime Ministers have been High Commissioner (Reid, Fisher, Cook and Bruce).

The position was held by John Dauth from 2008 to 2013. Former South Australian Premier Mike Rann was announced on 23 August 2012 as the next Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom which he assumed on 1 February 2013.

High Commissioner Start of Term End of Term
The Rt Hon. Sir George Reid GCB GCMG KC 1910 1916
The Rt Hon. Andrew Fisher 1916 1920
The Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Cook GCMG 1921 1927
Maj.Gen. Sir Granville Ryrie KCMG CB VD 1927 1932
The Rt Hon. The Viscount Bruce CH MC PC 1933 1945
The Rt Hon. Jack Beasley 1946 1949
Sir Norman Mighell CMG (Acting) 1949 1950
The Rt Hon. Sir Eric Harrison KCMG KCVO (Resident Minister) 1950 1951
The Hon. Sir Thomas White KBE DFC 1951 1956
The Rt Hon. Sir Eric Harrison KCMG KCVO 1956 1964
The Hon. Sir Alec Downer KBE 1964 1972
The Hon. John Armstrong AC 1973 1974
Sir John Bunting AC KBE 1975 1977
The Hon. Sir Gordon Freeth KBE 1977 1980
Sir James Plimsoll AC CBE 1980 1981
The Hon. Sir Victor Garland KBE 1981 1983
Alfred Parsons AO 1983 1987
The Hon. Doug McClelland AC 1987 1991
Richard Smith 1991 1994
The Hon. Dr. Neal Blewett AC 1994 1998
Philip Flood AO 1998 2000
Michael L'Estrange AO 2000 2005
The Hon. Richard Alston 2005 2008
John Dauth AO LVO 2008 2013
Mike Rann CNZM 2013 present


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