Paul McGuire (diplomat)

Dominic Mary (Paul) McGuire CBE (3 April 1903 – 15 June 1978) was an Australian author, public servant and diplomat.[1][2]

Paul McGuire CBE
Dominic Mary Paul McGuire

(1903-04-03)3 April 1903
Died15 June 1978(1978-06-15) (aged 75)
North Adelaide, South Australia
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide
OccupationPublic servant, diplomat
Frances Margaret Cheadle
m. 1927⁠–⁠1978)

Life and careerEdit

McGuire was born in Peterborough, South Australia on 3 April 1903.[1] His father, James McGuire, was the Railways Commissioner.[3] He attended Christian Brothers College, Adelaide and the University of Adelaide.[4] At university he was the Tinline Scholar in History.[5] Also as a university student he helped to organise Save the Children Australia raising money for famine relief targeted to Russian children following World War I.[6]

McGuire began story-writing with detective stories, some of which were published in the United Kingdom.[7] Between 1932 and 1936, McGuire published ten novels, a book of verse and an essay on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.[8]

During World War II, McGuire was an officer of the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve.[9] In May 1945, McGuire was demobilised from the Navy and took up a role as special European correspondent for The Argus newspaper.[6] In the role he visited Ireland, France, the Scandinavian countries, Holland, Belgium and Germany; meeting Konrad von Preysing and Martin Niemöller whilst in Germany. McGuire returned to Australia in January 1947, having also visited Canada and the United States on the way home.[10] While in North America McGuire met personally then US President Harry S. Truman and Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King.[11]

In 1949 McGuire's book There's Freedom for the Brave was published to favourable reviews, including in The New York Times and Life magazine.[12][13][14]

In April 1953, Minister for External Affairs Richard Casey, Baron Casey announced McGuire's appointment as Australian Ambassador to Ireland, saying that the Department of External Affairs was "inadequate in sufficiently senior and experienced career personnel to fill all the Australian posts abroad," and that it was necessary to draw on experienced people from outside the department to fill some overseas posts.[4] McGuire did not formally take up his post due to a dispute between the Australian and Irish governments about the style of his credentials.[15] The Australian Government wanted for McGuire's title to be Ambassador to Southern Ireland, while the Irish Government wanted his title to be Ambassador to the President of the Republic of Ireland. No agreement was secured between the two governments.[9][16]

In March 1954, Casey announced McGuire's appointment as Minister to Italy.[17]

McGuire died on 15 June 1978 in North Adelaide, South Australia.[1]



  • Australian Journey (1939)
  • Westward the course : the new world of Oceania (1942)
  • The three corners of the world : an essay in the interpretation of modern politics (1948) (published in the United States and Canada as An experiment in world order)
  • There's freedom for the brave : an approach to world order (1949)
  • Australia's future development : the major problems of external policy (1951)
  • Inns of Australia (1952)


  • A funeral in Eden (1938)


  • The two men and other poems (1932) (as D. P. McGuire)
  • Selected poems of Paul McGuire (1980)

With his wife, Frances Margaret McGuireEdit

  • The price of admiralty (1944)
  • The Australian theatre : an abstract and brief chronicle in twelve parts (1948)


  1. ^ a b c Massam, Katharine (2000), "McGuire, Dominic Mary Paul (1903–1978)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, archived from the original on 1 April 2015
  2. ^ "Ambassador to Ireland". Illawarra Daily Mercury. NSW. 25 April 1953. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Obituary: The Railways Commissioner: Death of Mr. J. McGuire". Chronicle. Adelaide, South Australia. 2 July 1927. p. 45.
  4. ^ a b "Mr. P. McGuire Ambassador to Ireland". The Canberra Times. ACT. 25 April 1953. p. 1.
  5. ^ "Mr. Paul McGuire named Minister to Italy". Advocate. Melbourne, Victoria. 18 March 1954. p. 2.
  6. ^ a b "Paul McGuire: Author, Lecturer". The Narracoorte Herald. SA. 16 March 1953. p. 7.
  7. ^ "Author - Historian Paul McGuire: Will lecture next Friday". Whyalla News. SA. 5 October 1951. p. 7.
  8. ^ "About our authors: Paul McGuire". The North Eastern Ensign. Benalla, Victoria. 15 May 1936. p. 4.
  9. ^ a b "Rome job for McGuire". Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate. NSW. 16 March 1954. p. 1.
  10. ^ "Australian Author: Mr. Paul McGuire's Return". The West Australian. Perth, WA. 17 February 1947. p. 8.
  11. ^ "Paul McGuire Back". Southern Cross. Adelaide, SA. 24 January 1947. p. 15.
  12. ^ "New kind of diplomat". Southern Cross. Adelaide, SA. 24 December 1954. p. 6.
  13. ^ "Western Faith: At last a good basic book to fling at the communists", Life, p. 36, 21 March 1949
  14. ^ "Paul McGuire's latest acclaimed in U.S.A." Advocate. Melbourne, Victoria. 16 June 1949. p. 10.
  15. ^ "Italy likely for McGuire". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane, Queensland. 26 February 1954. p. 1.
  16. ^ "Unable accept Irish viewpoint". Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton, QLD. 18 January 1954. p. 1.
  17. ^ "Mr. McGuire New Envoy to Italy". The Age. Melbourne, Victoria. 16 March 1954. p. 1.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
W.A. Wynes
as Chargé d'affaires
Australian Ambassador to Ireland
Succeeded by
W.T. Doig
as Chargé d'affaires
Preceded by
Cedric Kellway
Australian Minister to Italy
Succeeded by
Hugh McClure Smith
Australian Ambassador to Italy