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Jim Brigden
Secretary of the Department of Supply and Development
In office
29 August 1939 – 8 April 1941
Secretary of the Department of Munitions
In office
11 June 1940 – 31 December 1941
Personal details
James Bristock Brigden

(1887-07-20)20 July 1887
Maldon, Victoria, Australia
Died12 October 1950(1950-10-12) (aged 63)
Mitcham, Victoria, Australia
NationalityAustralia Australian
OccupationPublic servant

James Bristock Brigden (20 July 1887 – 12 October 1950) was a senior Australian public servant, heading Australian Government Departments during World War II.

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Life and career

Brigden was born in Maldon, Victoria on 20 July 1887.[1] He attended school in Victoria, but left at age 16 with a job as a cabin-boy on a ship to England.[2]

In 1915 Brigden enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a private.[2] He was wounded in France.[3]

After the First World War Brigden moved to Tasmania, where he was appointed as a tutor to Workers' Educational Association classes at Queenstown, in the state's west.[4] He went on to become the Professor of Economics at University of Tasmania, staying in the position until his resignation in June 1929.[5]

In 1935 Brigden was appointed Queensland government statistician.[2] In 1938, he was appointed Chairman of the National Insurance Commission,[6] responsible for health insurance and pensions and benefits functions.[7] In May 1939, then Health Minister Frederick Stewart announced that Brigden would be appointed to devote some of his time as an advisor to the new Department of Supply and Development, but was to retain his Insurance Commission Chairmanship. When the National Insurance Plan collapsed, he also became Secretary of the Department of Social Services, which lost much of its momentum at the outbreak of World War II.[6]

His appointment as Secretary of the Department of Supply and Development was announced in November 1939.[6][8]

Brigden was diagnosed with dangerous blood pressure in 1947 and invalidated out of the public service that year.[9] He died in Mitcham, Melbourne on 12 October 1950.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Life Summary: Brigden, James Bristock (1887–1950)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, archived from the original on 7 October 2014
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, Roland, "Brigden, James Bristock (Jim) (1887–1950)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, archived from the original on 14 April 2014
  3. ^ "Prof. Brigden: Appointed to Dept. Of Supply". The Mercury. Hobart, Tasmania. 22 November 1939. p. 2.
  4. ^ Roe, Michael (1991). "'The best and most practical mind': J. B. Brigden as educator and economist, 1921–30". Journal of Australian Studies. 15 (30): 72–84. doi:10.1080/14443059109387066.
  5. ^ "Professor Brigden". The Advertiser. Adelaide, South Australia. 11 June 1929. p. 15.
  6. ^ a b c "Mr. J. B. Brigden appointed: Supply Secretary". The Argus. Melbourne, Victoria. 22 November 1939. p. 9.
  7. ^ CA 1337: National Insurance Commission, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 5 September 2015
  8. ^ "Mr. Brigden's new post". Worker. Brisbane, Queensland. 28 November 1939. p. 18.
  9. ^ Wilson, Roland (June 1951). "James Bristock Brigden: A Tribute". Economic Record. 27 (1–2). doi:10.1111/j.1475-4932.1951.tb02832.x.
Government offices
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Department established
Secretary of the Department of Social Services
1939 – 1941
Succeeded by
Preceded by Secretary of the Department of Supply and Development
1939 – 1941
Succeeded by
Preceded by
as Secretary of the Department of Supply and Development
Secretary of the Department of Munitions
1940 – 1941
Succeeded by

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