Events

Sir James Plimsoll Lecture

Summary

New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia will explore trans-Tasman relations.

Start Date

29th Oct 2018 6:00pm

End Date

29th Oct 2018 7:30pm

Venue

Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact Information

E. UTAS.Events@utas.edu.au; T. 6226 2521

*Please note this lecture was originally scheduled for Thursday 11 October, Law Lecture Theatre 1.

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A Small State’s Diplomacy in Challenging Times

presented by

NZ High Commissioner to Australia, His Excellency Chris Seed

Photo of Chris SeedChris Seed became the New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia in November 2013.

Prior to taking up this position he was a Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and before that Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Defence.

His earlier career included assignments in Tehran, Canberra, London and Papua New Guinea, where he was High Commissioner.  

In addition to a number of roles in Wellington, he also served with the International Peace Monitoring Team in the Solomon Islands, the New Zealand delegation to the UN General Assembly and was seconded to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Refreshments from 5.30pm.

Presented in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the
Australian Institute for International Affairs.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australian Institute of International Affairs


Sir James Plimsoll was one of the most distinguished diplomats in the history of Australia’s Department of External Affairs (later the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). The previous Foreign Minister,  Alexander Downer, has labelled him ‘Australia’s greatest ambassador’.

After serving in the AIF in the Directorate of Research and Civil Affairs, Plimsoll was appointed to the Far Eastern Commission, tasked with overseeing the Allied Council for Japan during the occupation of that country. In 1948 he was appointed a First Secretary of the Department of External Affairs, and in 1950 was sent as the Australian representative to the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea (UNKURK), where he formed a close working relationship with Sygman Rhee, the South Korean President.

Plimsoll was appointed as Australia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 1959, and became Australia’s High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to Nepal in 1962. He was chosen to be Head of the Department of External Affairs in 1965. In 1970, Plimsoll was appointed as Ambassador to the United States, and in 1974 he became Ambassador to the USSR. He was appointed as Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the EEC in 1977 and in 1980 became High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. His final diplomatic post was as Ambassador to Japan in 1981 and 1982.

He later served as the highly popular and respected Governor of Tasmania from 1982 until his death on 8 May 1987 – only shortly after having his initial five-year term extended.