William John (Jack) Jungwirth (1897 – 1981) public servant
(Jack) Jungwirth was an outstanding administrator and organiser, calm in approach, unruffled in crises and firm in his advice to the thirteen Victorian premiers. Jungwirth was a man of strong faith and an active member of the Methodist Church; his personal qualities, coupled with his knowledge of government and legislation, drew him into extensive community service.
Sir William John (Jack) Jungwirth (1897-1981), public servant, was born on 10 August 1897 at Richmond, Melbourne.
In 1920 he transferred to the premier’s office, in the Chief Secretary’s Department, where he became private secretary (1922) to the premier, (Sir) Harry Lawson. His high regard for the Presbyterian and teetotal premier reflected his similar outlook.
Chief clerk from 1931, Jungwirth was appointed secretary of the newly established Department of Premier in 1936, the youngest first division officer in the Victorian public service. An outstanding administrator and organiser, he was calm in approach, unruffled in crises and firm in his advice to the thirteen premiers and twenty-three ministries he was to serve as private or official secretary. For these premiers he was a trusted constant through frequent periods of political change.
Jungwirth was a man of strong faith and an active member of the Methodist Church; his personal qualities, coupled with his knowledge of government and legislation, drew him into extensive community service. He had joined the Independent Order of Rechabites in 1913 and was secretary of the Richmond Tent (1923-37), district chief ruler (1931) and a trustee (1940-81). A board-member (1940-76) and president (1966-73) of Prince Henry’s Hospital, he was also president (1954-56, 1964-65) of the Young Men’s Christian Association of Melbourne, and a committee-member of Orana Children’s Home and Overton Homes for the Aged. He joined the Rotary Club of Melbourne in 1954 (director, 1962-64; president 1964-65) and remained an active member until 1978. Colleagues recalled his keen sense of humour coupled to firm convictions, resolutely defended.
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