(Owston) Paul Gabities

Date of birth

5 December 1913 at Timaru

Died

15 July 1993 at Kent, England

Parents

Dr George Edward Gabites CBE FRCS and Mary McLachlan

Married

Anna Dora Lunghetti, 1946 daughter of Prof B Lunghetti, Siena, Italy

Children

Three daughters

Education

  • Timaru Boys' High School (Head Prefect)
  • University of Canterbury (BA)

Military service

  • New Zealand Artillery 1941-43
  • 2 NZEF, 4th Field Regiment, 14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
  • 6th "Field Regiment" 1943-46 (Lt twice)
  • Life Member of New Zealand Returned Services Association
  • Holder of the Badge of the Association in Gold – NZRSA's most prestigious award

Career

  • Teacher St Peter's Cambridge 1937-41
  • Internal Affairs Department 1946-47
  • Department of External Affairs 1947
  • Canberra 1949-51
  • Head of Information Division, Wellington 1951-53
  • Official Secretary, Ottawa 1953-56
  • Councillor, Paris 1956-59
  • Charge d'Affaires Paris 1959-60
  • Consul General, New York 1960-65
  • Member New Zealand United Nations Delegates 1960-64
  • High Commissioner, Western Samoa 1965-68
  • Administrator Tokelau Islands 1965-68
  • Assistant Secretary Wellington 1968-69
  • Senior Commissioner South Pacific Commission 1968-69
  • Ambassador to France 1969-75
  • Permanent Representative to OECD 1970-75
  • Ambassador to Holy See 1973-75 (retirement)

Sports

  • Captain of 1st XI Cricket, Timaru Boys' High School
  • 1st XV Rugby
  • 1st XI Cricket Team Canterbury University