Brigadier James Osmond Furner, (25 November 1927 – 17 September 2007) was an Australian military intelligence officer, who was the longest serving Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) from 1984 to 1992.
|Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service|
27 February 1984 – 24 November 1992
|Prime Minister||Bob Hawke|
|Preceded by||John Ryan|
|Succeeded by||Rex Stevenson|
|Born||25 November 1927|
|Died||17 September 2007 (aged 79)|
Terrigal, New South Wales
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne|
|Years of service||1952–1982|
|Commands||Australian Army Intelligence Centre (1969–70)|
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia|
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Medal
After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne and working as a school teacher, Furner embarked on a career change and enlisted in the Australian Army, becoming one of the first cadets to be trained at the Officer Cadet School, Portsea. On completion of his training, Furner joined the Royal Australian Infantry Corps where he was posted overseas with the 1st Commonwealth Division in South Korea from 1955 to 1956.
Australian Secret Intelligence ServiceEdit
In February 1983, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bill Hayden, asked Furner to take the role of Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service in an acting capacity. The appointment was later made permanent and Furner served in the role for eight and a half years, retiring in November 1992.
- Vale Brigadier James Osmond Furner, AO, CBE, DSM (Retd), Defender (Australian Defence Association).
- White, Hugh (30 July 1985). "New director-general for ASIS". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 May 2015.