Leneen Forde

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Leneen Forde
AC
22nd Governor of Queensland
In office
29 July 1992 – 29 July 1997
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Premier Wayne Goss (1992–96)
Rob Borbidge (1996–97)
Preceded by Sir Walter Campbell
Succeeded by Peter Arnison
Personal details
Born Mary Marguerite Leneen Kavanagh
(1935-05-12) 12 May 1935 (age 79)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Spouse(s) Francis Gerard Forde
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Solicitor

Mary Marguerite "Leneen" Forde AC (born 12 May 1935 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada[1]) is the Chancellor of Griffith University and served as the twenty–second Governor of Queensland from 1992 until 1997.[2] Forde chaired the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions during 1998 and 1999 that found systemic child abuse in government or non-government institutions between 1911 and 1999.

Early years and background[edit]

Forde was born Mary Marguerite Leneen Kavanagh and worked as a medical laboratory technician[2] and studied part-time for a Bachelor of Arts before moving to Australia in 1954. In 1955, she married (Francis) Gerald Forde, the son of the Right Honorable Frank Forde PC, a former Prime Minister of Australia and High Commissioner to Canada.[3] Together, the Fordes had five children.[4] She worked in the Haematology Department of Royal Brisbane Hospital for two years prior to full-time legal study following her husband's death in 1966. She graduated a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland in 1970 and from 1971 was employed as a solicitor.[2] From 1974 to 1992, she was a partner of Cannan & Peterson, in charge of probate and estates.[citation needed]

Vice-Regal appointment[edit]

In 1992, Forde was only the second woman to be appointed to the position of governor of an Australian state and the first to take on the role in Queensland.[4]

Forde remarried a retired detective superintendent from New South Wales Police, Angus McDonald. McDonald served as Vice-Regal Consort and was the first male spouse of a Governor in Australia. Forde retired as Governor in 1997.

Forde Inquiry[edit]

In 1998, Forde was appointed to chair the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions.[2] Forde handed the report to the Queensland Government in May 1999. The Inquiry covered 159 institutions from 1911 to 1999 and found abuse had occurred and made 42 recommendations relating to contemporary child protection practices, youth justice and redress of past abuse. The Inquiry resulted in reconciliation initiatives including apologies, commemorative memorials and events, establishment and delivery of the Queensland Government Redress Scheme, establishment of the Forde Foundation Trust Fund, and establishment of community-based support services.[5][6]

Honours[edit]

On 26 January 1993, Forde was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in recognition of her service to the law, to improving the status of women and to economic and business development.[7] Forde is a Dame of Grace in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. She was International President of Zonta from 1990 until 1992,[2] and 1991 Queenslander of the Year.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forde, Leneen AC". Who's Who in Australia. Herald and Weekly Times. 2002. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Biography: Leneen Forde". Women in Law in Queensland. Supreme Court of Queensland Library. 2003. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Nankervis, Anthony (2 September 2009). "Francis Michael Forde, PC" (PDF). Museum of Australian Democracy. 
  4. ^ a b "Her Excellency" (transcript). Australian Story (Australia: ABC TV). 26 July 1997. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Forde Inquiry and Redress of past abuse". Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Queensland Government. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  6. ^ McDermott, Quentin (18 August 2003). "Interview with Leneen Forde" (transcript). Four Corners (Australia: ABC TV). Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "FORDE, Mary Marguerite Leneen". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 26 January 1993. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Beattie, Peter (1 June 2007). "Queensland Greats Awards Honour Living Legends" (Press release). Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • McDermott, Quentin (18 August 2003). "Interview with Leneen Forde" (transcript). Four Corners (Australia: ABC TV). Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Walter Campbell
Governor of Queensland
1992–1997
Succeeded by
Peter Arnison