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Biographical entry Jensen, John Klunder (1884 - 1970)


20 March 1884
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
17 February 1970
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Public servant


Sir John Jensen left school at 11. He began work as a messenger-boy in the Post Office and Telegraph Department in 1898 and rose through the clerical ranks to become secretary of both the Department of Munitions 1942-1948 and the Department of Supply and Development 1948-1949.


Born Bendigo, Victoria, 20 March 1884. Died Hawthorn, Melbourne, 17 February 1970. OBE 1938, Kt 1950. Educated Working Men's College (mathematics, engineering and chemistry). Foundation secretary, Munitions Supply Board, Department of Defence 1921, controller 1937-39; assistant-secretary, Department of Munitions 1940-42, secretary 1942-48; secretary, Department of Supply and Development 1948-49. Foundation chairman, Secondary Industries Planning Commission, Department of Post-War Reconstruction from 1943. Fellow (1929) and life member (1949), Australian Institute of Cost Accountants.


Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

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  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, Details
  • Wisdom, John, A History of Defence Science in Australia (Melbourne: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, 1995), 267 pp. Details

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