Downer, Alexander 'Alick' Russell (Gunner, b.1910 - d.1981)

Accession Number AWM2016.608.1
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 2 cm
Object type Manuscript, Document
Maker Downer, Alexander 'Alick' Russell
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made 1942-1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to the Second World War service of SX10422 Acting Sergeant Alexander 'Alick' Russell Downer, 2/14th Field Regiment, prisoner of war in Changi. Collection consists of a typewritten manuscript titled ‘Government in Two Worlds: An Introductory Survey of the Governments of Britain and Australia’, by A R Downer. This unpublished monograph on comparative politics was entirely researched, written, typed and bound during Downer's captivity as a prisoner of war in Changi between February 1942 and September 1945.

Alick Downer returned to Australia after the war and pursued a successful career in politics. He won a seat in the House of Representatives for the Liberal-Country Party in 1949 which he held until retirement in 1964; he served as Minister for Immigration, reforming the White Australia policy; he served as Australian High Commissioner in London from 1964 to 1972; and was knighted in 1965. Sir Alick Downer died on 30 March 1981.