Mr R.G. Menzies, Prime Minister, to Mr W.L. Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada

Cablegram unnumbered 23 December 1939,

With reference to previous correspondence I desire to inform you that the Commonwealth Government proposes to appoint Major-General the Honourable Sir (Thomas) William Glasgow, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., V.D., to be High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Australia in Canada. [1] Sir William Glasgow was a member of the Senate representing the State of Queensland from 1920 to 1932. He was Honorary Minister in the Commonwealth Cabinet 1923 to 1926, Minister for Home and Territories 1926-1927 and Minister for Defence 1927 to 1929. He served in the South African War with the Queensland Mounted Infantry 1899-1900. Was mentioned in despatches and awarded D.S.O., and Queen’s Medal, five clasps. Served with the A.I.F. in the Great War from 1914 to 1919. Was awarded Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre. He is closely associated with pastoral and secondary industries and is Director of several Companies. Further details in regard to travel, etc., will be sent to you at an early date.

Proposed to make announcement regarding appointment immediately.


1 The decision to offer the position to Sir William Glasgow was made by Cabinet on 19 December 1939 (see AA: A2697, vol. 3A, Minute 181).


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