Vale John Bannon – also a great Australian historian

Media release: Monday, 14 December 2015

The National Archives of Australia has lost one of its staunchest supporters with the death of Dr John Bannon, says Director-General David Fricker.

'While most Australians are aware of Dr Bannon's significant political contribution to our country, his passion for Australian history and the role of archives in supporting open government are not so widely known,' said Mr Fricker.

The Hon Dr John Bannon AO, FASSA served as Chairman of the National Archives of Australia's Advisory Council from May 2011 until May 2014.

'Dr Bannon was a distinguished Australian and an energetic Chair. We are deeply saddened by his loss but remember his significant contribution to our work and to Australian history with gratitude and great respect,' said Mr Fricker.

'Dr Bannon drew enormous admiration during his three-year role as Chair of the National Archives Advisory Council where he built a strong camaraderie among members. He was also a champion of the National Archives before and after his role as Chair. One of his early contributions to the Archives in 2009 was in giving the Constitution Founders lecture in Adelaide, entitled Alternatives to Australian Federation: Then and Now.

'He was also a great advocate for us on the international stage, giving an energetic opening address to the 2012 International Congress on Archives and addressing the Forum of National Archivists in Brussels in November 2013.

'The National Archives of Australia mourns the passing of a great Australian.'

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