Bill Forsyth (diplomat)

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Bill Forsyth OBE
William Douglass Forsyth

Died3 March 1993 (aged 84)
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne (BA (Hons)
OccupationPublic servant, diplomat

William Douglass "Bill" Forsyth OBE (1909 – 3 March 1993) was an Australian public servant and diplomat.[1][2] Over the course of his tenure, he was noted for his work both within the United Nations, and in promoting Southern Pacific countries internationally. In 1959, Forsyth was appointed Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, a role which he served in until 1961.[3] During his appointment, he was also appointed Minister to Laos.[4]

Forsyth died on 3 March 1993, aged 84, in Canberra.[5]

Early life[edit]

Forsyth was born in Casterton, Victoria where he spent his childhood. He attended Ballarat High School, and after graduation obtained his degree in political science and history.[2]


  1. ^ Forsyth, William Douglass; Pratt, Mel. (Interviewer) (1972), Interview with Mr. William Douglass Forsyth, diplomat, retrieved 21 February 2016
  2. ^ a b "Obituary: William Douglass Forsyth, OBE: A distinguished diplomat". The Canberra Times. ACT. p. 12.
  3. ^ "Ambassador to Vietnam appointed". The Canberra Times. ACT. 2 July 1959. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Appointed Minister to Laos". The Canberra Times. ACT. 2 October 1959. p. 20.
  5. ^ Gaind, Rama (29 May 1993). "Prime site near the lake". The Canberra Times. ACT.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Mick Shann
as Acting Representative
Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations
Succeeded by
Edward Ronald Walker
Preceded by
Frederick Blakeney
as Australian Minister to Vietnam and Laos
Australian Ambassador to Vietnam
Succeeded by
Brian Hill
Australian Minister to Laos
Succeeded by
Arthur Morris
Preceded by
D.J. Kingsmill
as Chargé d'affaires
Australian Ambassador to Lebanon
Succeeded by
Neil Truscott

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