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Keith Waller

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Nationality  Australian
Parents  Arthur James Waller
Died  November 14, 1992

Name  Keith Waller
Occupation  Public servant
Full Name  John Keith Waller
Born  19 February 1914 (1914-02-19)
Alma mater  University of Melbourne
Books  A Diplomatic Life: Some Memories

Education  University of Melbourne

Sir (John) Keith Waller (19 February 1914 – 14 November 1992) was a senior Australian public servant and diplomat.


Life and career

Keith Waller was born in Melbourne in 1914. He was educated at Scotch College and the University of Melbourne.

Waller joined the Commonwealth Public Service in 1936, in the Department of External Affairs. In 1937 he was appointed Private Secretary to Billy Hughes, then Minister for External Affairs.

His career proved to be long and successful, establishing himself as a successful diplomat across a number of postings, including to Moscow, Washington and Bangkok. In 1943 whilst senior officer to the Australian Legation at Chungking, Waller married Alison Dent in Bombay, India.

He was appointed Secretary of the Department of External Affairs (later Department of Foreign Affairs in 1970), retiring from the public service in 1974 on his 60th birthday.

Soon after his retirement, Waller prepared a brief assessing the Australian Government security and intelligence apparatus as it existed in the mid-1970s.

Waller died in Canberra on 14 November 1992 aged 78.


In June 1961, Waller was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire whilst Ambassador to the USSR. He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1968 during his time as Ambassador to the United States of America.

A street in the Canberra suburb of Casey was named Keith Waller Rise in 2011, in Waller's honour.


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