His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
The Menzies Foundation is proud to have the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) as our patron.
Prior to taking up his position as Governor-General, His Excellency had a highly distinguished military career. While serving in Vietnam in 1971, he was awarded the Military Cross for his performance and leadership.
Peter Cosgrove came to national attention in 1999 when, as Commander of the International Task Force East Timor (INTERFET), he was responsible for overseeing that country’s transition to independence. For his leadership in this role he was promoted to Companion in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AC).
Promoted to Lieutenant General, he was appointed Chief of Army in 2000. After further promotion to General, he served as Chief of the Defence Force from 2002-2005. He retired from the Australian Defence Force in 2005.
On 25 March 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that General Cosgrove would become a Knight in the Order of Australia when sworn in as Governor-General.