Walter Crocker

Governor of South Australia ISBN (identifier) Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Sir Walter Crocker KBE
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Sir Walter Crocker in 1953
Governor of South Australia
In office
30 April 1977 – 1 September 1977
Preceded byDouglas Nicholls
(as Governor)
Succeeded byKeith Seaman
(as Governor)
Lieutenant-Governor of South Australia
In office
3 September 1973 – 27 June 1982
GovernorMark Oliphant (1973-1976)
Douglas Nicholls (1976-1977)
Keith Seaman (1977-1982)
Donald Dunstan (1982)
Preceded byMellis Napier
Succeeded byCondor Laucke
Personal details
Born
Walter Russell Crocker

(1902-03-25)25 March 1902
Broken Hill, New South Wales
Died14 November 2002(2002-11-14) (aged 100)
Henley Beach, South Australia
NationalityAustralian
Spouse(s)
Claire Ward
(m. after 1951)
OccupationPublic servant, diplomat

Sir Walter Russell Crocker KBE (25 March 1902 – 14 November 2002) was an Australian diplomat, writer and war veteran.

Life and career

Crocker was born in Broken Hill, New South Wales, the eldest son of Robert Crocker and Alma Bray.[1] He served in World War II with the British Army, becoming a lieutenant colonel.[1]

He was ambassador or high commissioner to eleven countries, including India (twice), Indonesia, Canada,[2] Italy, Belgium, Nepal, the Netherlands, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.[3]

Crocker was a Lieutenant-Governor of South Australia for more than nine years.[1] He had two sons, Robert and Christopher.[4]

Books

Crocker authored a well-received biography of Jawaharlal Nehru titled Nehru: A Contemporary's Estimate (1966).

Awards

Crocker was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1955 while Australian Ambassador to Indonesia.[5] He was later promoted to become a Knight Commander of the Order in December 1977, in recognition of his service to the public.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c Farquharson, John (2002), "Crocker, Sir Walter Russell (1902–2002)", Obituaries Australia, Australian National University, archived from the original on 11 July 2014
  2. ^ "New High Commissioner to Canada". The Canberra Times. 23 October 1956. p. 2.
  3. ^ "Australian Ambassador: Certain fears shape our foreign policy". The Canberra Times. 5 April 1971. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Sir Walter Crocker dies, aged 100". The Advertiser. 2002. Archived from the original on 4 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Search Australian Honours: CROCKER, Walter Russell", itsanhonour.gov.au, Australian Government, archived from the original on 11 July 2014
  6. ^ "Search Australian Honours: CROCKER, Walter Russell", itsanhonour.gov.au, Australian Government, archived from the original on 11 July 2014