John McLaren (public servant)

Sir John Gilbert McLaren, CMG (15 October 1871 – 27 July 1958) was a senior Australian public servant. He was a commissioner of the Public Service Board, Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department and served an appointment as official secretary, High Commissioner's Office in London.

Sir John McLaren

Secretary of the Department of Home and Territories
In office
18 March 1921 – 10 June 1928
Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department
In office
1 January 1929 – 2 March 1933
Personal details
Born
John Gilbert McLaren

(1871-10-15)15 October 1871
Parramatta, New South Wales
Died27 July 1958(1958-07-27) (aged 86)
Strathfield, New South Wales
NationalityAustralian
Alma materUniversity of Sydney (BA)
OccupationPublic servant

Life and careerEdit

John McLaren was born in Parramatta, New South Wales, on 15 October 1871.[1] He was educated at Sydney Boys High School.[2]

In 1901, McLaren joined the Commonwealth Public Service in the Postmaster-General's Department.[2]

Between 1921 and June 1928, McLaren was Secretary of the Department of Home and Territories.[2]

In June 1928, McLaren was promoted to the Public Service Board as second member.[3] He departed his Board position in December 1928, to take on the role of Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department.[4]

McLaren died in Strathfield, New South Wales, on 27 July 1958.[1]

AwardsEdit

McLaren was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1925,[1] and made a Knight Bachelor in June 1935 while Secretary of the London High Commission.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c McDonald, D.I., "McLaren, Sir John Gilbert (1871–1958)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, archived from the original on 4 November 2013 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c CP 174: Sir John Gilbert MCLAREN CMG, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 15 May 2014 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Public Service Board. Mr. J. G. McLaren Second Member". The Canberra Times. 23 June 1928. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Public Service. Secretaries Transferred". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 December 1928. p. 18.
  5. ^ Search Australian Honours: McLaren, John Gilbert, Australian Government, archived from the original on 15 May 2014 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Government offices
Preceded by
Atlee Hunt
Secretary of the Department of Home and Territories
1921–1928
Succeeded by
William Clemens
Preceded by
Brudenell White
Public Service Commissioner
1928
With: W.J. Skewes 1923–1931
John Patrick McGlinn 1923–1930
Succeeded by
William Clemens
Preceded by
Percy Deane
Secretary of the Department of External Affairs
1929–1933
Succeeded by
John Henry Starling
Preceded by
Percy Deane
Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department
1929–1933
Succeeded by
John Henry Starling