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Appointment of High Commissioner on Papua New Guinea



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N E W S R E L E A S E

N Q D A T E

22 February 1974

APPOINTMENT OF HIGH COMMISSIONER OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA

The Department of Foreign Affairs announced today that

the newly-appointed High Commissioner of Papua New Guinea,

Mr T.K. Critchley, C.B.E., was expected to take up his duties

in Port Moresby at the end of March»

Mr Critchley1s appointment was announced by the

Prime Minister on Monday, 18 February» .

The Department said that as High Commissioner,

Mr Critchley would be the Senior Australian Government

• Representative and the Head of the Australian Office in

Papua New Guinea» He would also exercise certain official

responsibilities for Papua New Guinea on which he would be

advised by the Executive Government of Papua New Guinea»

Mr Critchley, currently Australian Ambassador to Thailand

is one of the Department's most senior and experienced officers, . · · . .

and has served in several important posts. He has had broad .. "

experience in a number of countries in the early years of their ’

independence« . ’

For three years (1947-50) he was the Australian

Representative on the United Nations Commission for Good Offices

on the Indonesian Question and in 1951-1952 he served in the

Australian Commission in Singapore«

Mr Critchley was High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur from

1955-1965 and played a major part in establishing close and

friendly relations between Australia and Malaysia»

Between 1966 and 1969 he was Senior External Affairs

Representative in London» He has been Ambassador in Bangkok

since 1969.

Mr Critchley was born in Melbourne in 1916 and joined the

Department of External Affairs in 1946, after serving in the RAAF

from 1941-1944. He is married with four daughters»