Series 74 - Sir Jack Crawford confidential papers

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Sir Jack Crawford confidential papers


  • 1960 - 1970 (Creation)

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0.2 m (1 type 1 box)

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(1910 - 1984)

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Sir John Grenfell (Jack) Crawford was born on 4 April 1910 at Hurstville, Sydney. From 1933 to 1935 he held a Walter and Eliza Hall research fellowship at the University of Sydney and was a part-time lecturer in rural economics 1934-1942. In 1942 he was appointed as rural adviser to the Commonwealth Department of War Organization of Industry, and the following year Director of research in the Department of Post-War Reconstruction. In 1945 he was founding Director of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics before becoming Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Commerce and Agriculture 1950-1956; Secretary of the Department of Trade 1956-1960. In 1960 he became Professor of Economics and Director of the Research School of Pacific Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) 1960-1967. He was appointed as Vice-Chancellor 1968-1973, then Chancellor 1976-1984 of the ANU. Alongside his academic appointments he continued working as an economic adviser: he was chairman of the Australian Wool Industry Conference (1962-64) and had a long association with World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Sir John Crawford died in Canberra on 28 October 1984.

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The papers relate to confidential matters involving University staff during Crawford’s time as Director of the Research School of Pacific Studies and as Vice-Chancellor. They were enclosed in envelopes annotated by D Hodgkin, the Registrar, identifying their contents and restrictions to access. Items 1 to 6 were originally held in one large bundle.


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Some information relating to staff and students may be restricted. Researchers must sign an access agreement.

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ANUA 17, Papers, photographs and awards

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 29 November 2007




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