List of High Commissioners of Australia to Canada

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High Commissioner of Australia to Canada
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Incumbent
Natasha Smith

since 30 November 2017
StyleHis/Her Excellency
NominatorPrime Minister of Australia
AppointerGovernor General of Australia
Inaugural holderSir Thomas Glasgow
Formation12 September 1939
WebsiteAustralian High Commission, Canada
Australia House, the official residence of the Australian High Commissioner to Canada, in Ottawa, Canada.

The High Commissioner of Australia to Canada is an officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the head of the High Commission of the Commonwealth of Australia to Canada. The Australian High Commission also has responsibility for relations with Bermuda, a self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. The position has the rank and status of an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and is currently held by Natasha Smith since 30 November 2017.[1]

Australia and Canada have enjoyed official diplomatic relations since 12 September 1939, when high commissioners were first exchanged as one of Australia's first independent postings. As fellow Dominion countries, Australia and Canada had many prior contacts, particularly in trade. The High Commissioner's Official Residence is located at Australia House, Ottawa, while the Chancery is located at Suite 710, Clarica Centre II, 50 O'Connor Street, in Downtown Ottawa.

High Commissioners

Order Name Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Sir Thomas Glasgow 12 September 1939 1945 5–6 years
2 Alfred Stirling 1945 1946
3 Frank Forde 18 January 1947 1953
4 Sir Douglas Copland 1953 1957 3–4 years [2]
5 Walter Crocker 1957 1959
6 Sir Walter Cawthorn 1959 1960
7 Kieren Desmond (acting) 1960 1961
8 David Hay 1961 1964
9 Sir Kenneth Bailey 1964 1969
10 David McNicol 1969 1973
11 James Ingram 1973 1975
12 Max Loveday 1975 1977
13 John Ryan 1977 1980
14 Barrie Dexter 1980 1983
15 Rowen Osborn 1983 1985
16 Robert Laurie 1985 1989
17 James Humphries 1989 1991
18 David Spencer 1991 1993
19 Frank Murray July 1993 May 1997
20 Gregory Wood May 1997 July 2001 [3]
21 Tony Hely July 2001 February 2005 [4]
22 William Fisher February 2005 November 2008 [5]
23 Justin Brown November 2008 December 2011 [6][7]
24 Louise Hand January 2012 14 January 2015 [8][9]
25 Tony Negus 15 January 2015 30 November 2017 2 years, 319 days [10]
26 Natasha Smith 30 November 2017 incumbent 2 years, 298 days [1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "High Commissioner to Canada" (Press release). Australian Government. 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ Harper, Marjorie (1993). "Copland, Sir Douglas Berry (1894 - 1971)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Archived from the original (First published in hardcopy.) on 7 July 2015.
  3. ^ Downer, Alexander (27 March 1997). "Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Canada" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  4. ^ Downer, Alexander (2 May 2001). "Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Canada" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ Downer, Alexander (29 November 2004). "Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Canada" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  6. ^ Smith, Stephen (6 August 2008). "Diplomatic Appointment - High Commissioner to Canada" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Farewell from High Commissioner Brown" (PDF) (3). Australian Government. Australia News - High Commission Ottawa. November 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  8. ^ Rudd, Kevin (29 December 2011). "Diplomatic Appointment - High Commissioner to Canada" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  9. ^ Beaulne-Stuebing, Laura (14 January 2015). "Diplomatic Circles - Hand waves goodbye". Embassy News. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  10. ^ Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. "High Commissioner to Canada". Australian Government. Retrieved 25 April 2012.