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Transcript of interview: Sir Kieran Prendergast, 2012

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 137

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 2012


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.

Biographical / Historical

(Walter) Kieran Prendergast was born on 2 July 1942, son of Lieutenant-Commander J. H. Prendergast and Mai Hennessy. He was educated at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield, Sydney [Australia], Salesian College, Chertsey [Surrey] and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. In 1967 he married Joan Reynolds, having two sons and two daughters.

Prendergast joined the diplomatic service in 1962, and his career included the following: Ankara [Turkey], 1965; Foreign Office (later Foreign and Commonwealth Office), 1967; 2nd Secretary, Nicosia [Cyprus], 1969; 1st Secretary FCO, 1972; The Hague [Netherlands], 1973; Assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary (Anthony Crosland, Dr David Owen), 1976; UK Mission to United Nations, New York [United States], 1979 (detached for duty Jan-Mar 1980 at Government House, Salisbury [Rhodesia]); Counsellor, Tel Aviv [Israel], 1982; Head of Southern African Department, FCO, 1986-89; High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, 1989-92; High Commissioner to Kenya, 1992-95; Ambassador to Turkey, 1995-97; Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, United Nations, New York, 1997-2005.


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Language of Materials



Prendergast, Sir Walter Kieran, b 1942, knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2013-03-18 10:44:51.630000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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