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Land of Opportunity: Australia's post-war reconstruction


Appendix 2

Who was who in post-war reconstruction

Allen, HW (Harry)
Assistant Director, Regional Development Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1947–50)

Archer, RF (Fred)
Director, Re-establishment Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1944–46)

Armstrong, JW
Director, Re-establishment Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1948–49)

Bailey, Kenneth H *
Professor of Public Law, University of Melbourne (1930–46), Solicitor-General and Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department (1946–64)

Best, Kathleen AL *
Assistant Director, Re-establishment Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1944–49)

Bland, Henry A
Deputy Director, Manpower Directorate (1945–46), Assistant Secretary, Department of Labour and National Service (1946–52)

Breen, Harold P *
Director, Secondary Industries Division (1945–47), Director, Industrial Development Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1948–49), Secretary, Department of Supply and Development (1949–51)

Brown, Allen S
Director, Policy and Research Division (1945–46), Director, Economic Policy and Regional Planning Divisions (1946–48), Director-General, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1949), Secretary, Prime Minister’s Department (1949–59)

Brown, Sir Harry P *
Coordinator-General of Works, Allied Works Council (1942–43), Coordinator-General, National Works Council (1944–45)

Brown, HP (Horrie) *
Clerk, Bureau of Census and Statistics (1940–47), Director of Research, Bureau of Census and Statistics (1947–50)

Bruce, SM *
Australian High Commissioner in London (1933–45)

Bunning, Walter
Executive Officer, Commonwealth Housing Commission (1943–45)

Bunting, E John
Senior research officer, Economic Policy Division (1946–48), Economist, Economic Policy Division (1948–49), Department of Post War Reconstruction

Burton, John W
Secretary, Department of External Affairs (1947–51)

Bury, Leslie HE *
Second Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Department of External Affairs (1945–49), senior finance officer, Treasury (1949–51)

Butlin, Noel G
Research officer, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1943–44), economic adviser, Australian High Commission, London (1944–45)

Calwell, Arthur A *
MHR (1940–72), Minister for Information (1943–49), Minister for Immigration (1945–49)

Carrodus, Joseph A *
Secretary, Department of the Interior (1935–49)

Carver, Stanley R *
New South Wales Government Statistician (1938–62), Acting Commonwealth Statistician (1940–46, 1948–53)

Chifley, JB (Ben) *
MHR (1928–31, 1940–51), Treasurer (1941–49), Minister for Post War Reconstruction (1942–45), Prime Minister (1945–49)

Chippindall, Giles T *
Director-General, Department of War Organisation of Industry (1942–45), Secretary, Department of Supply and Shipping (1945–46)

Clapp, Sir Harold W *
Director-General of Land Transport (1942–44), Director-General of Rail Standardisation, Department of Transport (1945–51)

Cochran, Samuel F *
Chairman, State Electricity Commission of Queensland (1938–50), member, Secondary Industries Commission (1943–50)

Coombs, HC (Nugget)
Director, Rationing Commission (1942), Director-General, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1943–48), Governor, Commonwealth Bank (1949–60)

Copland, Douglas B *
Professor of Commerce, University of Melbourne (1924–44), Commonwealth Prices Commissioner (1939–45), Economic Consultant to the Prime Minister (1941–45), Vice-Chancellor, Australian National University (1948–53)

Corbett, Arthur B *
Director-General, Department of Civil Aviation (1939–44)

Crawford, John G *
Director of Research (1943–45), Director of Regional Planning and Rural Divisions (1945–46), Department of Post War Reconstruction, Director, Bureau of Agricultural Economics (1946–50)

Crisp, LF (Fin) *
Research officer, Reconstruction Division, Department of Labour and National Service (1941–42), research officer and senior research officer (1943–46), Executive Officer (1948–49), Director-General (1949–50), Department of Post War Reconstruction

Cumpston, John HL *
Director-General, Department of Health (1925–45)

Curtin, John *
MHR (1928–31, 1934–45), Prime Minister and Minister for Defence (1941–45)

Curtin, PWE (Pike)
Senior research officer, Reconstruction Division, Department of Labour and National Service (1941–42), senior research officer (1943–44), Assistant Director, Re-establishment Division (1944–46), Department of Post War Reconstruction

Dedman, John J *
MHR (1940–49), Minister for War Organisation of Industry (1941–45), Minister for Post War Reconstruction (1945–49)

Doig, WT
Research officer, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1944–45), Deputy Director, Bureau of Agricultural Economics (1946–48)

Dorrian, PA (Phil)
Research officer, Reconstruction Division, Department of Labour and National Service (1941–42), Secretary, National Works Secretariat, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1943–46)

Downing, RI (Dick) *
Assistant to the economic consultant to the Prime Minister (1941–45), consultant economist, Economic Policy Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1947–49)

Dunk, WE (Bill) *
Director, Reciprocal Lend-Lease, Treasury (1942–45), Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs (1945–47), Chairman, Public Service Board (1947–60)

Eldershaw, Flora *
Research officer, Reconstruction Division, Department of Labour and National Service (1941–42)

Eltham, EP *
Director, Industrial Training Division, Department of Labour and National Service (1940–58)

Evatt, HV (Bert) *
MHR (1940–58), Attorney-General and Minister for External Affairs (1941–49)

Firth, Gerald G
Research officer, Reconstruction Division, Department of Labour and National Service (1941–42), research officer and senior research officer, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1943–46)

Fitzgerald, AA (Alex) *
Assistant Director, Department of War Organisation of Industry (1942–45), Director, War Organisation of Industry Directorate, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1945), Chairman, Commonwealth Grants Commission (1945–60)

Forsyth, William D
Research officer, Post-War section (1942–44), First Secretary, Pacific Division, Department of External Affairs (1945–48), Secretary-General, South Pacific Commission (1948–51)

Foxcroft, Edmund JB
Assistant Director, Department of War Organisation of Industry (1944–45), Principal Research Officer, Economic Policy Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1947–49)

Funnell, William *
Director-General, Manpower Directorate (1944–46), Secretary, Department of Labour and National Service (1946–51)

Galbraith, JB Douglas *
Coordinator of Rehabilitation, Re-establishment Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1946–47)

Gawler, John S *
Architect, Deputy Chairman, Commonwealth Housing Commission (1943–44)

Giblin, Lyndhurst F *
Professor of Economic Research, University of Melbourne (1929–40), member, Commonwealth Bank Board (1935–42), Chairman, Financial and Economic Committee (1939–43)

Goodes, HJ (Bert)
Assistant Secretary, Treasury (1942–58)

Halligan, JR (Reg) *
Secretary, Department of External Territories (1944–51)

Hartnell, Bernard W
Senior research officer (1944–45), senior research officer, Secondary Industries Division (1945–47), Assistant Director, Industrial Development Division (1947–49), Director, Industrial Development Division (1949–50), Department of Post War Reconstruction

Hasluck, Paul MC
Officer-in-charge, Post-War section (1942–44), Post-Hostilities Division, Department of External Affairs (1944–45)

Hewett, CLS (Lennox)
Economist, Economic Policy Division (1946–49), Principal Research Officer, Economic Policy Division (1949), Department of Post War Reconstruction

Heyes, Tasman HE *
Secretary, Department of Immigration (1946–61)

Heyward, EJR (Dick)
Research officer, Department of Labour and National Service (1941–46)

Hodgson, WR *
Secretary, Department of External Affairs (1935–45)

Holloway, EJ (Jack) *
MHR (1929–51), Minister for Health and Social Services (1941–43), Minister for Labour and National Service (1943–49)

Holt, Harold E *
MHR (1935–67), Minister for Labour and National Service (1940–41)

Howard, Charles V
Designing architect, Department of the Interior (1939–45), member, Commonwealth Housing Commission (1943–44)

Hoy, CA
Assistant Director-General, Allied Works Council (1943–45), Commonwealth Coordinator-General of Works (1945–50)

Ives, Walter
Senior research officer, Rural Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1945–46)

Jensen, John K *
Secretary, Department of Munitions (1942–48), Chairman, Secondary Industries Commission (1943–50)

Judd, PRH (Perce)
Research officer, Reconstruction Division, Department of Labour and National Service (1941–42), Executive Officer, Rural Reconstruction Commission (1943–46)

Keane, RV *
Senator (1937–46), Minister for Trade and Customs (1941–46)

Kelly, JH (Jack)
Research officer, Rural Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1945–46), investigation officer, Bureau of Agricultural Economics (1946–60)

Knott, John L
Executive Officer, Secondary Industries Commission (1943–46), Assistant Director, Secondary Industries Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1946–48)

Knowles, Sir George S *
Solicitor-General and Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department (1932–46)

Lambert, CR (Eski) *
Chairman, New South Wales Reconstruction Board (1939–48), member, Rural Reconstruction Commission (1943–46), Director, Division of Regional Development, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1948–49)

Lawler, Peter J
Senior research officer, Economic Policy Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1948–49)

Lemmon, Nelson *
MHR (1943–49), Minister for Works and Housing (1946–49)

Loder, Louis F *
Director-General, Allied Works Council (1944–45), Director-General, Department of Works and Housing (1945–52)

McCarthy, Edwin *
Assistant Secretary, Department of Commerce (1935–45), Secretary, Department of Commerce and Agriculture (1945–49)

McFadyen, CH (Charlie)
Deputy Director, Secondary Industries Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1947–49), Secretary, Department of Shipping and Transport (1949–57)

McFarlane, Stuart G *
Secretary, Treasury (1938–48)

McKenna, NE (Nick) *
Senator (1943–68), Minister for Health and Social Services (1946–49)

McKenzie, KJ (Jock)
Research officer (1944–45), senior research officer, Regional Planning and Economic Policy Divisions (1945–48), Department of Post War Reconstruction

McLaren, William A *
Director, War Service Land Settlement Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1945–49), Secretary, Department of the Interior (1949–63)

Madgwick, Robert G *
Director, Army Education Service (1941–46)

Melville, Leslie G
Chief economic adviser, Commonwealth Bank (1930–53), Acting Director-General, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1943)

Mendelsohn, Ronald
Research officer, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Social Security (1942–43), research officer, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1943–45), Principal Research Officer, Department of Works and Housing (1945–48)

Merrett, Frederick T
Chief technical assistant, Department of Munitions (1940–45), Deputy Chairman, Secondary Industries Commission (1943–50)

Metcalfe, AJ *
Director-General, Department of Health (1946–60)

Mills, Richard C *
Professor of Economics, University of Sydney (1922–45), Chairman, Australian Universities Commission (1943–52), Director, Commonwealth Office of Education (1945–52)

Morris, Henry F
Deputy Controller-General of Customs (1942–49), Chairman, Tariff Board (1942–49), member, Secondary Industries Commission (1944–50)

Murphy, JF (Frank) *
Secretary, Department of Commerce (1934–45), member, Rural Reconstruction Commission (1943–46)

Murray, JK (Jack) *
Administrator of Papua and New Guinea (1945–52)

Nette, PW (Perce)
Assistant Secretary, (1939–48), First Assistant Secretary, Treasury (1949–53)

Nimmo, JF (Jim)
Senior statistical officer, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1943–46)

Nolan, David J
Assistant General Manager, Sydney County Council (1938–44), member, Secondary Industries Commission (1943–44)

O’Connor, LPD (Leo)
Chairman, Commonwealth Housing Commission (1943–44), Deputy Director of Housing, Department of Works and Housing (1946–50)

Paul, AW
Assistant Director (building industry) (1944–45), Director, Re-establishment Division (1946–48), Department of Post War Reconstruction, Secretary, Department of Transport (1948–50)

Phillips, Mary Wilmott
Secretary, Commonwealth Housing Commission (1943–45)

Pollard, RT (Reg) *
MHR (1937–49), Minister for Commerce and Agriculture (1946–49), Acting Minister for Post War Reconstruction on several occasions

Randall, RJ (Dick) *
Principal research officer, Treasury (1946–49)

Robertson, TL *
Assistant Director, Commonwealth Office of Education (1946–50)

Rose, Frederick GG
Research officer and senior research officer, Regional Planning Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1946–49), Executive Officer, Northern Australia Development Committee (1947–49)

Ross, Lloyd RM *
Senior research officer (1943–44), Director, Public Relations Division (1944–49), Department of Post War Reconstruction

Rowe, FH (Fred) *
Director-General, Department of Social Services (1941–58)

Rudduck, Grenfell *
Senior research officer (1943–45), Assistant Director, Regional Planning Division (1945–47, 1949–50), Department of Post War Reconstruction, Executive Officer, Northern Australia Development Committee (1945–47)

Ryan, Mary M
Member, Commonwealth Housing Commission (1943–44)

Savige, Stanley G *
Lieutenant-General (1944–46), Coordinator of Demobilisation, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1945–46)

Scott, Walter *
Consulting cost accountant, member, Secondary Industries Commission (1943–50)

Shann, KCO (Mick) *
Clerk, Department of Labour and National Service (1942–46), Second Secretary, United Nations Division, Department of External Affairs (1946–49)

Steele, CL (Joe)
Research officer, Department of Commerce and Agriculture (1935–45)

Swan, Trevor W *
Research officer, Department of War Organisation of Industry (1942–45), Chief Economist, Economic Policy Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1946–50)

Tange, Arthur H
Research officer, Reconstruction Division, Department of Labour and National Service (1942), research officer and senior research officer, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1943–46), First Secretary, Department of External Affairs (1946–49)

Thompson, Albert V
Member, South Australian House of Assembly (1938–46), member, Commonwealth Housing Commission (1943–44)

Wadham, Samuel M *
Professor of Agriculture, University of Melbourne (1926–57), member, Rural Reconstruction Commission (1943–46)

Walker, E Ronald *
Professor of Economics, University of Tasmania (1939–46), Deputy Director-General, Department of War Organisation of Industry (1942–44), Deputy Director of Procurement, UNRRA (1945), Economic Adviser, Australian Embassy, Paris (1945–50)

Ward, EJ (Eddie) *
MHR 1931–63, Minister for Labour and National Service (1941–43), Minister for Transport and External Territories (1943–49)

Watt, GPN *
First Assistant Secretary, Defence Division (1940–46), Deputy Secretary (1946–48), Secretary, Treasury (1948–51)

Weeden, WJ (Jock)
Secretary, Australian Universities Commission (1943–46), Assistant Director, Commonwealth Office of Education (1946–52)

Welch, AW (Alex) *
Director of War Housing, Department of Labour and National Service (1944–45), Director of Housing, Department of Works and Housing (1945–52)

Wheeler, FH (Fred)
Research officer, (1939–44), Economist, (1944–46), Assistant Secretary, Treasury (1946–49)

Willoughby, John E
Senior Investigation Officer, Re-establishment Division (1944–46), Executive Officer, Re-establishment Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1946–47)

Wilson, Roland
Commonwealth Statistician and Economic Adviser, Treasury (1937–51), Secretary, Department of Labour and National Service (1940–46)

Wilson, Rupert W
Assistant Director, War Service Land Settlement Division (1948–49), Director, War Service Land Settlement Division (1949–50), Department of Post War Reconstruction

Wise, Frank JS *
Minister for Agriculture, Western Australia (1936–45), Premier, Western Australia (1945–47), Chairman, Rural Reconstruction Commission (1943–47)

Wyndham, Harold S *
Coordinator of Vocational Guidance, Re-establishment Division, Department of Post War Reconstruction (1944–45)

* denotes that the person has an entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography


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