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Biographical entry Knott, John Laurence (1910 - )


6 July 1910
Romsey, Victoria, Australia
Public servant and Company director


Sir John Knott was a public servant for many years. His positions included Secretary, Department of Defence Production 1957-1958 and Department of Supply 1959-1965, and Director-General, Posts and Telegraphs 1968-1971. He then went into the private sector as a company director. Knott was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).


Born Romsey, Victoria, 6 July 1910. Educated University of Melbourne (DipCom). Private secretary to Minister for Trade Treaties 1935-38; Secretary, Australian Delegation Eastern Group, Supply Council New Delhi 1940; Executive Officer, Secondary Industry Commission 1943-45; Director, Defence Production Planning Branch, Department of Supply 1950-52; Member, Australian Defence Mission United States 1957; secretary, Department of Defence Production 1957-58; Secretary, Department of Supply 1959-65; Deputy High Commissioner London 1966-68; Director-General, Posts and Telegraphs 1968-71; Director, Equity Trustees Company 1972-89; chairman of a number of companies. President, Victorian Branch, Australian Institute of Management 1975; President, Victorian Branch, English Speaking Union 1973-86.

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