GEOFFREY FORRESTER FAIRBAIRN (Fairbairn-1134)
BIRTH. 6 Oct 1924, Feenan, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
BIRTH NOTICE. FAIRBAIRN. — On the 6th October, at Feenan, South Yarra, to Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Fairbairn–a son.
MARRIAGE (1). 21 Jul 1945, Christ Church, South Yarra, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
MARRIAGE (1). 21 Jul 1945, Rosamund Anne Clifford, daughter of Lewis Joseph Clifford & Amy Beaumont (Webster) Clifford
WEDDING REPORT. Married At Christ Church, South Yarra. At Christ Church, South Yarra, on Saturday afternoon the marriage was celebrated of Rosamund Anne, youngest daughter of the Hon Lewis Clifford, of Yarra Brae, Wonga Park, Victoria, and Chudleigh, Devon, England, and the late Mrs Clifford, to Sub-Lieut Geoffrey Forrester Fairbairn, RANR, only son of Mrs J. V. Fairbairn, of Mt Elephant, Derrinalum, and of the late Mr James Fairbairn. Rev John McKie officiated. The bride was given away by her father. She wore a gown of pearl tinted satin, an old lace veil lent by Mrs Alex Russell, and she carried a small cluster of pink tipped orchids. She was attended by Miss Angela Fairbairn, sister of the bridegroom, and Miss Gardenia Seymour, flower girl, who wore white tulle frocks over pink slips and wreaths of pink carnations on their heads. The bridegroom was supported by LAC David Darling, RAAF.
Fate of Spouse (1): DEATH. date/location unknown
MARRIAGE (2). 1965, Anne Body, neé Reid, granddaughter of Sir George Reid 
DEATH. 11 Sep 1980, Westminster, London, England
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE.  Geoffrey Forrester Fairbairn was a Reader in History at the Australian National University, Canberra, and a well-respected commentator on Southeast Asian politics.
Fairbairn was born in Melbourne on 6 October 1924. He was the son of James Valentine Fairbairn, who was Minister for Air in 1939-40 in the first Menzies Ministry. His father died tragically in an air disaster in Canberra in 1940. The RAAF Fairbairn Base in Canberra was named in his honour in 1941.
Fairbairn attended Geelong Grammar School, leaving early to serve with the Royal Australian Navy during World War II. After demobilisation, he went on to obtain a Degree of Bachelor of Arts from Cambridge University in 1949. He then spent some time in Australia working on the family's property in Victoria, before returning to England where he tried (unsuccessfully) to write novels. In 1961 Professor Manning Clark, who had been one of Fairbairn's teachers at Geelong Grammar School, offered him a lectureship in History at the Australian National University, which he accepted. He remained with the University until his retirement in 1979.
Fairbairn travelled extensively in Southeast Asia, and developed an abiding interest in the politics of the region. By the late 1960s, he was regarded as one of the leading conservative analysts of the Vietnam War and Southeast Asian affairs generally. Fairbairn became the country's foremost expert on the theory of guerrilla warfare, publishing two books on the subject.
Fairbairn was married twice. In 1945 he married Rosamund, daughter of the 13th Lord Clifford of Chudleigh. They had three children. They were divorced, and in 1965 he married Anne Body, neé Reid, granddaughter of Sir George Reid. Fairbairn died in London of lung cancer on 11 September 1980.
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