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Alister McIntosh

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Sir Alister Donald Miles McIntosh (29 November 1906 – 30 November 1978) was a New Zealand diplomat. McIntosh was New Zealand's first secretary of foreign affairs serving as the principal foreign policy adviser to Prime Ministers Peter Fraser, Sidney Holland, Keith Holyoake, and Walter Nash. He is widely considered to be the father of New Zealand's independent foreign policy and architect of the former Department of External Affairs, now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in New Zealand. Early life McIntosh was born in Picton, the eldest of four children of Caroline Margaret Cowles (née Miles) and Henry Hobson McIntosh, a telegraphist. He was educated at Marlborough College from 1920 to 1924, where he undertook the first section of a BA degree. He then continued his education part-time while a civil servant at Victoria College, where after preparing a thesis on Marlborough's political history, he earned an MA in History in 1930. Early pub
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