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DEATH OF SIR PETER HEYDON - TRIBUTE BY THE PRIME MINISTER, MR WILLIAM MCMAHON

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McMahon, William

Period of Service: 10/03/1971 to 05/12/1972

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Release Date: 16/05/1971

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 2420

FOR PRESS SPM No. 54/ 1971
DEATH OF SIR PETER HEYDON
Tribute by the Prime Minister, Mr. William McMahon
Sir Peter Heydon was one of the best-liked and respected
public servants in Canberra.
His untimely death is a tragic loss to Australia.
I have known and valued his friendship for many years. His
death came as a great shock to me.
An outstanding Australian who spent a lifetime in service
to this nation, Sir Peter Heydon had a long and very distinguished
career with the Department of External Affairs both overseas and in
Australia. He often acted as Head of that Department. He became
Permanent Head of the Department of Immigration in 1961.
He was a warm and human person and he was an international
authority on immigration.
My wife and I extend our deepest sympathy to his widow
and family.
CANBERRA 16 MAY 1971

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