Bill Williams joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1942 and saw active service on a number of fronts during the Second World War, in the Korean War and in the Malaysian emergency. During the 1960s he contributed significantly to naval planning in Britain, served in
New Zealand Naval Intelligence, and ended his military career as Director of the Ministry of Defence’s fledgling Electronic Data Processing Division from 1966 to 1970, then made a second career in the emerging mainframe computer industry. He played a central role in creating the New Zealand Portrait Gallery and, as first chairman of the Board of Trustees, he was involved in every aspect of the Gallery’s work and development until shortly before his death in 2008.
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