|26th Governor-General of Australia
28 March 2014
|Prime Minister||Tony Abbott|
|Born||Peter John Cosgrove
28 July 1947
|Alma mater||Royal Military College, Duntroon|
|Years of service||1965–2005|
|Commands||1 RAR (1983–1984)
1 Div (1998–1999)
Chief of Army (2000–2002)
Chief of the Defence Force (2002–2005)
|Awards||See Honours and awards|
General Peter John Cosgrove AC, MC (born 28 July 1947) is a retired senior Australian Army officer. Prior to his retirement from active service, he was the Chief of the Defence Force from 3 July 2002 to 3 July 2005.
Cosgrove was educated at Waverley College, then followed his father, a warrant officer, into the Australian Army by attending the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1965. Early in his career, Cosgrove fought in Vietnam with the 9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, where he served with distinction, receiving the Military Cross in 1971. In 1980 he was awarded the National Medal. In the mid-1980s he commanded the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.
Cosgrove came to national fame in 1999 when, as a major general, he led the international forces (INTERFET) in a peacekeeping mission to East Timor. The mission's success made him one of Australia's most respected and popular military leaders. He was promoted in 2000 to lieutenant general as Chief of the Army and in 2002 to general as Chief of the Defence Force.
In 2004, the then Foreign Minister Alexander Downer queried the judgement of Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty. Following a joint interview with the then Defence Minister Robert Hill, Cosgrove was accused of "playing politics" when he said that, on this occasion, he disagreed with Keelty's point of view. However, Cosgrove expressed strong support for the Police Commissioner in his Australian best selling autobiography, My Story, published in 2006. On 3 July 2005, Cosgrove's three year appointment as Chief of the Defence Force was completed, and he was succeeded by then-Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Angus Houston.
Cyclone Larry Taskforce
On 23 March 2006, Cosgrove was selected to lead the Queensland Government taskforce of rebuilding communities damaged by Cyclone Larry, a Category 5 tropical cyclone that devastated the Innisfail region of northern Queensland.
"In recognition of the important contribution General Cosgrove made to the community of North Queensland following Cyclone Larry", on 11 October 2008, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced that a new residential suburb in the Bohle Plains area of Townsville would be named Cosgrove.
Cosgrove served on the board of Australia's main airline Qantas between July 2005 and January 2014 and is on numerous other boards as chairman or member. He served as Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University between November 2010 and January 2014; and is a Patron of Rosies Youth Mission.
Honours and awards
|Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)||25 March 2000
|For eminent service to the Australian Defence Force as the Commander of the International Force East Timor|
|Member of the Order of Australia (AM)||26 January 1985
|In recognition of service as Commanding Officer 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment|
|Military Cross (MC)||12 February 1971||Infantry – 9 RAR – Vietnam|
|Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975||with Vietnam clasp|
|Australian Active Service Medal||with East Timor clasp|
|International Force East Timor Medal||(INTERFET)|
|Australian Service Medal 1945-1975|
|Centenary Medal||1 January 2001||For service to Australian society as Chief of the Defence Force|
|Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star||40–44 years service|
|National Medal||16 October 1980||For diligent long service to the community in hazardous circumstances, including in times of emergency and national disaster, in direct protection of life and property|
|Australian Defence Medal|
|Vietnam Campaign Medal||Republic of Vietnam|
|Additional Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit||5 June 2000||New Zealand|
|Commander of the Legion of Merit||United States|
|Tong-il Medal of the Order of National Security Merit||South Korea|
|Distinguished Service Order||7 September 2004||Singapore|
|Officer of the Legion of Honour||France|
|Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry||28 May 2002||Portugal|
|Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great||7 February 2013||Holy See|
|Australian of the Year||26 January 2001||He accepted his Australian of the Year award on behalf of all those Australians who served in East Timor: "I did a lot of the talking, they did all the working."|
Media related to Peter Cosgrove at Wikimedia Commons
- "General Peter Cosgrove Australia's Next Governor-General". Catholic Communications. Archdiocese of Sydney. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
- "Search: COSGROVE, Peter John: Military Cross". It's an Honour. 12 February 1971.
- "Search: COSGROVE, Peter John: National Medal". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 16 October 1980. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Search: COSGROVE, Peter John: Member of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 26 January 1985.
- "Search: COSGROVE, Peter John: Companion of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 25 March 2000.
- "Search: COSGROVE, Peter John: Centenary Medal". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 1 January 2001.
- Grattan, Michelle; Forbes, Mark (18 March 2004). "Honest copper emerges victor". The Age. "During a "doorstop" interview, Downer said Mr Keelty was "expressing a view which reflects a lot of the propaganda we're getting from al-Qaeda""
- Cosgrove, Peter John (2006). My Story. Australia: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-7322-8384-1.
- Beattie, Peter (23 March 2006). "General Cosgrove to lead Cyclone Larry taskforce" (Press release). Premier of Queensland. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
- "Townsville suburb named in honour of General Cosgrove". ABC News (Australia). 11 October 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
- Ryan, Lendl (11 October 2008). "Townsville "Cosgrove" storm". Townsville Bulletin (News Limited). Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
- "Townsville suburb named after Cosgrove". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
- "Peter Cosgrove announced as next Governor-General". News.com.au. AAP. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "Board of Directors". Annual Report. Qantas Limited. 2013. p. 51. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "Resignation of General Peter Cosgrove" (Press release). Qantas Limited. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "General Peter Cosgrove appointed Chancellor of ACU". Australian Catholic University. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Rosies Youth Mission Inc. "Organisational Structure". Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "General Peter John Cosgrove, AC, MC". People profiles. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "The Queen's Birthday Honours List 2000 (including Special List for East Timor)". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Government of New Zealand. 5 June 2000. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- MINDEF Singapore, President Nathan Confers Top Military Award on Chief of the Australian Defence Force, 7 September 2004. Retrieved 19 April 2008.
- Annual Portuguese Honorary Orders, Foreign citizens 1910–2006, 2006, retrieved 19 April 2008, p111. (Portuguese)[dead link]
- Grand Crosses of the Order of Prince Henry. BooksLLC.net. 2013. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-230-815-44-2.
- "Cardinal Confers Papal Awards on Three Outstanding Australians". Catholic Communications. Archdiocese of Sydney. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
- "General Peter Cosgrove AC MC". Australian of the Year 2001. National Australia Day Committee. 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- Cosgrove bio, Australian War Memorial
- Cosgrove bio, www.icmi.com.au
- Pictorial bio, www.diggerhistory.info
Copyright pictures of Cosgrove
- 2007 picture in civies from transcript of ABC Talking Heads interview
- 2006 picture from Cosgrove admits he was wrong about Iraq, news.com.au, 15 October 2006 – promoting release of Cosgrove's autobiography.
- 2005 (June), Pre-retirement – signing MOA with Steve Gumley (former CEO of DMO) and Ric Smith (former Secretary, Australian DoD) – from New Era for DMO and Defence, Defence Annual Report 2004–05
- 2005 picture from ABC interview on release of Cosgrove's autobiography, 2 Nov 2006.
- 2004 Official portrait
- 2002 picture at the Australian Chief of Defence Change of Command Ceremony.
Lieutenant Colonel Barry Caligari
|Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel John McAloney
Lieutenant General Frank Hickling
|Chief of Army
Lieutenant General Peter Leahy
Admiral Chris Barrie
|Chief of the Defence Force
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston
Sir Gustav Nossal
|Australian of the Year Award
Brother Julian McDonald
|Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University
|Governor-General of Australia