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Appointment of Ambassador to the Netherlands



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N E W S R E L E A S E

NQ D A T E

11 March 1974

APPOINTMENT OF AMBASSADOR TO THE NETHERLANDS

The Prime Minister and Acting Minister for Foreign .

Affairs, Mr Whitlam, announced today the appointment of

Mr F.J. Blakeney, C.B.E., as Australian Ambassador to the

Netherlands to succeed Dr L.D. Thomson, M.V.O.

Mr Blakeney was born in 1913 and was educated at the Marist

Brothers Colleges, Darlinghurst and Mittagong, and the University

of Sydney. After IVar service in the AMF and RAAF from 1941-45

Mr Blakeney joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1946.

He served in Paris from 1947 to 1949, in Moscow from 1949 to

1951, where he was Charge d 1 Affaires, and as Counsellor in

Washington from 1953-1956. From 1957 to 1959 Mr Blakeney was

Minister in Vientiane, Saigon and Phnom Penh. .

From 1962 to 1968 he was Ambassador to the Federal

Republic of Germany and Head of the Australian Military Mission

in Berlin.

Mr Blakeney served again in Moscow as Ambassador from

1968 to 1971. He has held a number of senior positions in the

Department and is currently First Assistant Secretary of the

Defence Division. Mr Blakeney is married with one daughter.