Peter Arnison

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Major General the Honourable
Peter Arnison
23rd Governor of Queensland
In office
29 July 1997 – 29 July 2003
Monarch Elizabeth II
Premier Rob Borbidge
Peter Beattie
Preceded by Leneen Forde
Succeeded by Quentin Bryce
Personal details
Born 21 October 1940 (1940-10-21) (age 76)
Lismore, New South Wales
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1959–1996
Rank Major General
Commands Land Commander Australia (1994–96)
1st Division (1991–94)
3rd Brigade (1987–88)
Land Warfare Centre (1985–86)
5th/7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1981–82)
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Companion of the Order of Australia
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Captain Peter Arnison (left) and Major Ian McFarlane of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment on their return from a battalion strength operation in Biên Hòa, Vietnam, in July 1965.

Major General Peter Maurice Arnison, AC, CVO[1][2] (born 21 October 1940) is a retired Australian Army officer who served as the 23rd Governor of Queensland from July 1997 until July 2003. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1962, and served as Land Commander Australia from 1994 until he retired from the Australian Army in 1996.

For the year prior to his appointment as governor, he was the Executive Director of Allied Rubber Products, a manufacturing firm. He is a former Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology,[3] and is Chairman of Panbio Limited,[4] Chairman of the Centre for Military and Veterans' Health, Director of Energex Limited,[5] Governor of the Queensland Community Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of the Australian Multicultural Foundation.[6]


He is married to Barbara.[7]

Education, appointments, honours and awards[edit]

Bachelor of Economics[5]
D Laws University of Queensland[3][5]
D Univ Queensland University of Technology[3][5]
D Univ Griffith University[3][5]
D Letters University of Southern Queensland[3][5]
D Univ Southern Cross University[3][5]
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors[3][5]
July 1977 National Medal[8]
January 1992 Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)[9]
1994 Land Commander Australia (LCAUST)[3][5]
June 1996 Executive Director, Allied Rubber Products[3][5]
July 1997 Queensland’s 23rd Governor[3][5]
January 2001 Centenary Medal[10]
March 2001 Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)[1]
March 2002 Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)[2]
December 2004 Non-executive Director, ENERGEX Limited[3][5]
Chair, Network and Technical Committee, ENERGEX Limited [5]
Member, Audit and Compliance Committee, ENERGEX Limited [5]
Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology [3][5]
Chairman of The Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health [3][5]
Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation[3][5]
Chairman of Panbio Limited[4]
Chairman, Communities Future Task Force[3]
September 2009 re-elected Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology (QUT)[3]
January 2011 Appointed Chairman of the Flood Response Review Board in Brisbane[11][12]


  1. ^ a b Companion of the Order of Australia, Civil division, 30 March 2001, Citation: In recognition of service as Governor of Queensland
  2. ^ a b The Royal Victorian Order – Commander, 3 March 2002, Citation: In recognition for service as Governor of Queensland
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Chancellor, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), September 2009,
  4. ^ a b CEO on extended medical leave, press release, Panbio Ltd, 8 August 2006,
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Board of directors, ENERGEX Limited,
  6. ^ Members and Staff, Australian Multicultural Foundation,
  7. ^ Farewell to Queensland’s 23rd Governor, Stateline (Queensland), 11 July 2003,
  8. ^ National Medal, 14 July 1977,
  9. ^ Officer of the Order of Australia, Military division, 26 January 1992, Citation: In recognition of service to the Australian Army as the Commander of the 1st Division
  10. ^ Centenary Medal, 1 January 2001,
  11. ^ MajGen (Ret'd) Peter Arnison Heading up the Flood Response Review Board, Defence Officers in Business, 23 January 2011,
  12. ^ Flood disaster response under scrutiny, Brisbane Times, 21 January 2011,

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Military offices
Preceded by
Major General Arthur Fittock
Commander 1st Division
Succeeded by
Major General Michael Keating
Government offices
Preceded by
Leneen Forde
Governor of Queensland
Succeeded by
Quentin Bryce