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N E W S R E L E A S E

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D A L ? April 1974

AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO PERU

The Foreign Minister, Senator Don Willesee, today announced

the appointment of Mr Allan H. Loomes, O.B.E., as Australian

Ambassador to Peru.

Senator Willesee said that Mr Loomes was a senior career

officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs, who had already

served with distinction as an Ambassador in three previous postings.

In Canberra, where, until his appointment to Lima, he had

been First Assistant Secretary in charge of the Department's

Consular and Legal Division, Mr Loomes had contributed

significantly to the Department's international legal work.

Senator Willesee said that the appointment of such a senior

and experienced officer was an indication of the importance the

Australian Government attached to the development of its relations

with Peru in particular, and the countries of South America in

general. At present the Australian Ambassador to Argentina is

concurrently accredited to Peru as Ambassador. There is a

Charge d 'Affaires in Lima.

Mr Loomes, who will take up his duties in Lima later this

month, was born in Burrinjuck, New South Wales, and educated at

Sydney Boy's High School and the University of Sydney.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees

and worked with the New South Wales Public Service before serving

with the RAAF during World War II. He joined the Department of

External Affairs in 1946 and first served overseas with the

Australian missions in Bangkok and to the United Nations in.

New York. He later headed the Department's United Nations and

Pacific and Americas Branches. Mr Loomes was Ambassador to Burma

from 1957 to 1961, Ambassador to Thailand 1963 to 1968, and

Ambassador to the Republic of Korea 1968 to 1971. Mr Loomes will

be accompanied to Lima by his wife.