Frederick Wheeler (public servant)

Sir Frederick Wheeler
Secretary of the Department of the Treasury
In office
1 November 1971  8 January 1979
Personal details
Born Frederick Henry Wheeler
(1914-01-09)9 January 1914
Died 5 August 1994(1994-08-05) (aged 80)
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) University of Melbourne
Occupation Public servant

Sir Frederick Henry Wheeler AC, CBE (9 January 1914 – 5 August 1994) was a senior Australian public servant. He was Secretary of the Department of the Treasury from 1971 to 1979.

Life and career

Frederick Wheeler was born on 9 January 1914.[1] He was educated at Trinity Grammar School and Scotch College in Melbourne.[2]

Wheeler began his Commonwealth public service career in 1939 in the Department of the Treasury.[1] He rose to become Chairman of the Public Service Board, serving in the position for 10 years between 1961 and 1971. During his time at the Board, he reorganised its structure and put in a place a new, more professional qualification-based recruitment system.[3]

He was appointed Secretary of the Treasury in November 1971.[1][2]


Wheeler was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1952,[4] and a Commander of the Order (CBE) in 1962.[5]

He was knighted in 1967.[6] Sir Frederick Wheeler was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in January 1979.[7]


  1. 1 2 3 CP 340: Sir Frederick Henry WHEELER AC, CBE, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 28 March 2014
  2. 1 2 McMahon, William (10 September 1971). "Senior Public Service Appointments" (Press release). Archived from the original on 28 March 2014.
  3. Juddery, Bruce (13 November 1970). "Conjecture in the public service". The Canberra Times. p. 2.
  4. It's an Honour: OBE. Retrieved 30 March 2014
  5. It's an Honour: CBE. Retrieved 30 March 2014
  6. It's an Honour: Knight Bachelor. Retrieved 30 March 2014
  7. Search Australian Honours: WHEELER, Frederick (Henry), Australian Government


Government offices
Preceded by
William Dunk
Chairman of the Public Service Board
Succeeded by
Alan Cooley
Preceded by
Dick Randall
Secretary of the Department of the Treasury
Succeeded by
John Stone

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