William Worth (diplomat)
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William Worth Diplomat

William Worth
Born (1912-12-13) 13 December 1912 (age 107)
OccupationPublic servant and diplomat

William Worth (born 13 December 1912) was an Australian diplomat who served two terms as the acting secretary general of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).

Early life and career

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Worth later moved to Adelaide, South Australia where he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 18 June 1940.[1] Achieving the rank of Flight Lieutenant, Worth served in the RAAF until 1951. During World War II Worth was on the air staff of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force and played a part in the invasion of France in 1944.[2] He later rose to the office of Deputy Director of Intelligence for the RAAF.[3]

On leaving the RAAF he joined the Australian Department of Supply in which he was responsible for security. Prior to leaving for Bangkok to take up an appointment as Deputy Secretary-General of SEATO, Worth served as Assistant Secretary in the Prime Minister's Department in Canberra.[2]

Diplomatic career

In September 1957, Worth was appointed the first Deputy Secretary-General of SEATO and took over as acting Secretary General when Pote Sarasin took office as Prime Minister of Thailand on 22 September 1957. With the return of Sarasin on 10 January 1958, Worth continued as Deputy Secretary General.[4]

On 13 December 1963, he again became acting secretary general of SEATO, after Secretary General Sarasin had resigned after his appointment as Minister for National Development in Thailand. Worth continued until the substantive appointment of Konthi Suphamongkhon on 19 February 1964.[2]

From 1 November 1975 to 31 October 1977, Worth was appointed Administrator of the Australian Christmas Island Territory. On 11 June 1977, for "Public service on Christmas Island" Worth was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).[5]


  1. ^ "WORTH, WILLIAM - Royal Australian Air Force". World War Two Nominal Roll. Australian Government. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Australian Acting SEATO Head". The Canberra Times. ACT: National Library of Australia. 14 December 1963. p. 3. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Minister Congratulates Mr. Worth". The Canberra Times. ACT: National Library of Australia. 13 July 1957. p. 2. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Mr. Worth To Take Over SEATO Post". The Canberra Times. ACT: National Library of Australia. 25 September 1957. p. 2. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "WORTH, William - The Order of the British Empire - Officer (Civil)". It's an Honour database. Australian Government. 11 June 1977. Retrieved 2016.
Diplomatic posts
New title Deputy Secretary-General of SEATO
1957 – 1970
Succeeded by
Robert Hyslop
Preceded by
Pote Sarasin
acting Secretary-General of SEATO
1957 – 1958
Succeeded by
Pote Sarasin
Preceded by
Pote Sarasin
acting Secretary-General of SEATO
1963 – 1964
Succeeded by
Konthi Suphamongkhon
Government offices
Preceded by
Harry Webb
Administrator of the Christmas Island Territory
1975 – 1977
Succeeded by
F. C. Boyle

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