NSW Premier Mike Baird today announced the appointment of General David Hurley, AC, DSC to be the Governor of New South Wales from 2 October 2014.
Mr Baird paid tribute to Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO and Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE for their dedication to duty and service to the people of New South Wales over the past 13 years.
“I am delighted Her Majesty, the Queen, has approved the recommendation of General David Hurley for the appointment of Governor,” Mr Baird said.
“General Hurley is an outstanding Australian who has dedicated his entire adult life to the service of his country.
“The people of NSW are extremely fortunate General Hurley has accepted the position of Governor.
“General Hurley has had a long and distinguished career in command in the Australian Defence Force which culminated in his appointment as Chief of the Defence on 4 July 2011.
“In succeeding Her Excellency Marie Bashir to become our 38th Governor, General Hurley will have extremely big shoes to fill.
“Professor Bashir has endeared herself to the people of NSW with her warmth, grace and tireless dedication as one of our longest-serving Governors.”
General Hurley was born in Wollongong in 1953 and graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in December 1975 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.
General Hurley is married to Linda and has three children.
He will retire from the Defence Force in July this year.
In 2010 General Hurley became a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his service in Somalia during Operation SOLACE.