Series 17 - Sir Jack Crawford papers, photographs and awards

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Sir Jack Crawford papers, photographs and awards


  • 1922 - 1986 (Creation)

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3.8 m (14 type 1 and 4 type 10 boxes)

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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 include addresses made by Crawford from 1933 to 1982, including the Buntine Oration in 1968 and the Sir Robert Garran Oration in 1969. There are medals, degrees and certificates presented to Crawford, and photographs, including albums relating to official overseas visits as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Trade and later as adviser to the World Bank. There are also publications relating to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. Some material relates to Crawford's family including personal papers and photographs.


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ANUA 74, Confidential papers
NLA: MS 4514, Crawford papers

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 15 January 2008, updated by Greg Bell on 29 November 2013.




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