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Albert Arthur Langker (1890–1952)

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Albert Arthur Victor Langker (1890-1952) public servant, trade union official, editor and Public Service Board commissioner 

Birth: 28 September 1890 at Moruya, New South Wales, son of Christian Langker (1854-1914), a Danish master mariner, born at Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and Elizabeth Rebecca, née Ziegler. Marriage: 9 December 1922 at St James Anglican Church, Sydney, to native-born Vivienne May McMillan (1887-1966), a public servant. Death: 18 March 1952 at his home in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Religion: Anglican. 

  • His father arrived in New South Wales aboard the Atlantic in 1872 and was naturalised on 8 January 1884.
  • Arthur [as he seems to have been known] was educated at Fort Street High School [where, according to Smith’s Weekly, they called him “tuppence”].
  • Appointed to the Commonwealth Public Service, as a fifth class clerk, Department of Trade and Customs, in NSW from 1912 to about 1919.
  • Studied part-time at the University of Sydney gaining the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. 1921) and Bachelor of Economics (1920). Represented Law Faculty in inter-faculty debates and contributed articles to the University magazine.
  • General Secretary of the Public Service Clerical Association from 1921 to 1946 (resigned). Editor, Federal Public Service Journal. Resided in Melbourne from 1922.
  • Commissioner, Public Service Board, from January 1947 to October 1948. Resided in Canberra. Secretary of the High Council of Commonwealth Public Service Organisations.
  • He was the older brother of (Sir) Erik Langker (1897-1982), a prominent Australian artist, insurance valuer and arts administrator.

Federal Public Service Journal
, 31 January 1947, April 1952 p 7.

Additional Resources

  • profile, Smith's Weekly (Sydney), 22 September 1928, p 13

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28 September, 1890
Moruya, New South Wales, Australia


18 March, 1952 (aged 61)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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