39th Governor of NSW sworn in

Published: 2 May 2019

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC has been sworn in as the 39th Governor of New South Wales (NSW).


Mrs Beazley brings her deep commitment to education, youth leadership, human rights and social justice to the role in service of the people of NSW.

Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989, Mrs Beazley became the first woman to sit exclusively as a judge in the Federal Court of Australia in 1993.

In 1996, she was the first woman appointed to the NSW Court of Appeal and, subsequently, as the first woman to be appointed as its President.

She was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2006 for service to the judiciary and the law.

Mrs Beazley assumes the role of Governor of NSW following the departure of His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd).

Mr Hurley is due to be sworn in as Governor-General of Australia on 28 June 2019.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Mrs Beazley is an exceptional Australian who will serve the people of NSW with distinction.

Ms Berejiklian also paid tribute to Mr Hurley and Mrs Linda Hurley for their dedication to duty and their service to the people of NSW over the past four and a half years.

“I know he will serve our nation with the same passion and dedication that he showed during his time as Governor of NSW,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Learn more about the role of Governor of NSW

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