Bede Bertrand Callaghan was born in 1912 in Newcastle and also educated in Newcastle. Callaghan began a distinguished career in banking and became General Manager of the Commonwealth Development Bank in 1959 and then Managing Director of the Commonwealth Bank from 1965 until he retired in 1976. Callaghan attributed his high work ethic to his Catholic background and believed in a moral obligation to always work to the best of his ability. He was interested and involved in government matters but never went into politics.
In 1957 Callaghan became Australia’s representative on the boards of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and rose to become an Executive Director of the IMF. He also became Chairman of the Foreign Investment Review Board and published books and articles about foreign investment and banking. Callaghan was knighted in 1976 for his services to the banking industry and received many other awards during his career. During his recreation hours Callaghan took an interest in sport and served as Chairman of the Institute of Sports Medicine.
Callaghan was appointed to the University of Newcastle Council in 1966 and became Chancellor in 1977 after Alister McMullin stepped down from the position. Callaghan worked hard to make the university an important institution for the Hunter Region and also for Australia. He remained in the position until 1988. The suburb where the main campus of the University of Newcastle is located in now known as Callaghan.
Sir Bede Callaghan died in 1992.Date of Birth1912Date of Death1992-09OccupationChancellorOther OccupationBankerChairmanManaging DirectorThemeUniversity of Newcastle History
An unidentified 2NUR-FM announcer interviews then Chancellor Bede Callaghan, the University of Newcastle, Australia
Bede Callaghan (Centre - standing) at Newcastle City Council Chambers with the Lord Mayor Joy Cummings, Newcastle, Australia
Bede Callaghan (Chancellor) and Vice-Chancellor Don George, [Alec Forsythe] with an unidentified man, the University of Newcastle, Australia
Brian Relf (then Warden of Convocation), Lord Mayor John McNaughton and Chancellor Sir Bede Callaghan, the University of Newcastle, Australia
Chancellor Bede Callaghan (left), the Very Reverend Dr Robert Beal (centre) and Father James Bromley (right), the University of Newcastle, Australia
Chancellor Bede Callaghan takes delivery of the Newcastle Royal Hospital archives, the University of Newcastle, Australia
Chancellor Elizabeth Evatt shakes hands with former Chancellor Bede Callaghan, the University of Newcastle, Australia
Chancellor Sir Bede Callaghan reads at a graduation ceremony during the 1980s, University of Newcastle, Australia
Chancellor Sir Bede Callaghan, Vice-Chancellor Donald George and NSW Minister for Education Eric Bedford, pictured together in the foyer of the Great Hall some time during the 1980s. In the background protesters demand education for all
Conferring of Hon.DSc upon Vice-Chancellor, Professor Don George by the Chancellor Sir Bede Callaghan, the University of Newcastle, Australia - 1986
Dr Jean Talbot, English Department, receiving her degree from Sir Bede Callaghan, the University of Newcastle, Australia - 1 May 1987
From (L to R): Unidentified woman, Alderman Joy Cummings, Sir Bede Callaghan and Alderman John McNaughton, Newcastle City Council Chambers, Australia
John McNaughton, Joy Cummings with Sir Bede Callaghan and another an unidentified female, the University of Newcastle, Australia
Mrs Judy White receives her honorary degree from Sir Bede Callaghan, the University of Newcastle, Australia - 1988
Presentation of new lecterns presented to the University by Mr and Mrs Alan Tweedie - accepting them is Sir Bede Callaghan, the University of Newcastle, Australia - 1981