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Sir Ted Hicks
Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand

In office
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
Died 14 May 1984(1984-05-14) (aged 73)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Resting place Gungahlin Cemetery
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Jean MacPherson
(m. 1937–59; her death)
Lois Una Swindon
(m. 1961–84; his death)
Alma mater Australian National University
Occupation Public 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.

Life and career[edit | edit source]

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]

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[edit | edit source]

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]

References[edit | edit source]

Government offices
Preceded by
Melville Langslow
Secretary of the Department of Air
Succeeded by
Archibald McFarlane
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Shedden
Secretary of the Department of Defence
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Bland
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
David McNicol
Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand
Succeeded by
Dame Annabelle Rankin

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