|His Excellency General The Honourable
Sir Peter Cosgrove
|26th Governor-General of Australia|
28 March 2014
|Prime Minister||Tony Abbott
|Preceded by||Dame Quentin Bryce|
|Born||Peter John Cosgrove
28 July 1947
Sydney, New South Wales
|Spouse(s)||Lynne, Lady Cosgrove|
|Residence||Government House, Canberra|
|Alma mater||Royal Military College, Duntroon|
|Awards||Knight of the Order of Australia
|Years of service||1965–2005|
|Commands||Chief of the Defence Force (2002–05)
Chief of Army (2000–02)
International Force for East Timor (1999–00)
1st Division (1998–99)
6th Brigade (1992–93)
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1983–84)
International Force for East Timor
A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Cosgrove fought in the Vietnam War, receiving the Military Cross in 1971. From 1983 to 1984, he was commander of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR), and he later served as commander of the 6th Brigade and the 1st Division. Cosgrove rose to prominence in 1999, when he served as commander of the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET), which oversaw the peacekeeping mission in East Timor during its transition to independence.
Cosgrove was Australia's Chief of Army from 2000 to 2002, and then Chief of the Defence Force from 2002 to 2005, receiving corresponding promotions to lieutenant general and general. Cosgrove retired from active service following the end of his term as Chief of the Defence Force, and subsequently served as leader of a taskforce helping to rebuild communities in Queensland after Cyclone Larry in 2006. In January 2014, Cosgrove was named to succeed Dame Quentin Bryce as Governor-General of Australia. He was sworn in on 28 March 2014, and made a Knight of the Order of Australia on the same date.
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. Lieutenant Peter Cosgrove was commissioned on 11 December 1968 and was allotted to the Royal Australian Infantry. He arrived in Vietnam on 3 August 1969 and was posted to 9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment on 20 August 1969. On 10 October 1969, Lieutenant Cosgrove was commanding 5 Platoon, B Company. The platoon located an occupied bunker system in an area where, because of the proximity of allied troops, indirect fire support was difficult to obtain. In spite of this, he led his platoon in an assault on the bunkers without indirect fire support, capturing the system and killing and wounding at least four enemy without sustaining any casualties. On 16 October 1969, 5 Platoon located another bunker system occupied by about a platoon of enemy. Lieutenant Cosgrove silently deployed his own platoon for an attack. His assault completely surprised the enemy causing them to flee, abandoning large quantities of food, stores and documents. The following day in the same bunker system a party of enemy approached his right forward section and was engaged by the sentry. Knowing that the remainder of the section was elsewhere on other tasks, Lieutenant Cosgrove ran to the contact area and personally conducted the fight against the enemy. As a result of his actions, two enemy were killed and three weapons and four packs containing rice were captured. He was awarded the Military Cross for these actions. 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 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.
Other post-Defence activities
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 Patron in Chief of the ACT Veterans Rugby Club and the Rosies Youth Mission.
On 28 January 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the Queen had accepted his advice to appoint Peter Cosgrove as the next Governor-General of Australia, to succeed Quentin Bryce in late March. On 25 March, Abbott announced that the Queen had also approved the reinstatement of the grade of Knight or Dame in the Order of Australia (she had abolished it in 1986 on the advice of Bob Hawke), and that the Governor-General would be ex officio the Principal Knight or Dame of the Order. The incumbent, Quentin Bryce, was immediately made the first new Dame of the Order. On 28 March Cosgrove succeeded Dame Quentin and was sworn in as Governor-General by Chief Justice Robert French, becoming Sir Peter Cosgrove.
Following the Melbourne Cup in 2015, Cosgrove and other speechmakers were criticised for not having departed from apparently prepared speeches to acknowledge that, for the first time in the 155-year history of the famous race, the winning horse had been ridden by a woman, Michelle Payne.
Cosgrove married Lynne Payne in 1976; they have three sons (Stephen, Philip and David) and one grandson, and lived in Sydney before taking up residence in Government House, Canberra. Cosgrove is a Roman Catholic and frequently attends Mass in the St Christopher's Cathedral parish in Canberra.
Sir Peter is a strong supporter and member of the Sydney Roosters.
Titles, styles and honours
|Viceregal styles of
Sir Peter Cosgrove
|Reference style||His Excellency the Honourable|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|28 Jul 1947 – 1965:||Mr Peter Cosgrove|
|1965 – 1968:||Staff Cadet Peter Cosgrove|
|1968 – 1970:||Lieutenant Peter Cosgrove|
|1970 – 12 Feb 1971:||Captain Peter Cosgrove|
|12 Feb 1971 – Dec 1971:||Captain Peter Cosgrove MC|
|Dec 1971 – Dec 1972:||Captain Peter Cosgrove MC, ADC|
|Dec 1972 – 1976:||Captain Peter Cosgrove MC|
|1976 – 15 Jan 1983:||Major Peter Cosgrove MC|
|15 Jan 1983 – 26 Jan 1985:||Lieutenant Colonel Peter Cosgrove MC|
|26 Jan 1985 – Jul 1988:||Lieutenant Colonel Peter Cosgrove AM, MC|
|Jul 1988 – Jul 1989:||Colonel Peter Cosgrove AM MC|
|Jul 1989 – Mar 1998:||Brigadier Peter Cosgrove AM MC|
|25 Mar 1998 – 25 Mar 2000:||Major General Peter Cosgrove AM MC|
|25 Mar 2000 – 16 Jul 2000:||Major General Peter Cosgrove AC MC|
|16 Jul 2000 – 4 Jul 2002:||Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove AC MC|
|4 Jul 2002 – 3 Jul 2005:||General Peter Cosgrove AC MC|
|3 Jul 2005 – 28 Mar 2014:||General Peter Cosgrove AC MC (Ret'd)|
|28 Mar 2014 – present:||His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC (Ret'd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia|
Cosgrove's full title: His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter John Cosgrove, Principal Knight and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, Military Cross, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Honours and awards
|Knight of the Order of Australia (AK)||28 March 2014|||
|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|
|Knight of the Order of St John||28 March 2014|||
|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 (CNZM)||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|
|Officer of the Legion of Honour||France|
|Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry||28 May 2002||Portugal|
|Distinguished Service Order||7 September 2004||Singapore|
|Collar of the Order of Timor-Leste||30 August 2009||Timor-Leste|
|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."|
Honorary military positions
- 2014–present: Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps
- 2014–present: Colonel of the Regiment of the Royal Australian Regiment
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Peter Cosgrove.|
- "General Peter Cosgrove Australia's Next Governor-General". Catholic Communications. Archdiocese of Sydney. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
- The London Gazette: . 12 February 1971. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- "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.
- "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.
- "ACT Veterans Rugby".
- Rosies Youth Mission. Inc. "Organisational Structure". Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Governor-General-designate to be sworn in – Office of the Prime Minister of Australia, 24 February 2014.
- "'Pre-eminent' Australians could be made Knight or Dame under a new award, PM Tony Abbott says". ABC News. 25 March 2014.
- "Former Defence Force Chief General Peter Cosgrove sworn in as Australia's 26th Governor General". news.com.au. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
- "Peter Cosgrove announced as next Governor-General". News.com.au. AAP. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- Hull, Crispin (3 November 2015). "History made but speeches missed it". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
- Armitage, Catherine (4 November 2015). "What Peter Cosgrove should have said about Michelle Payne". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- Governor-General of Australia; Biographies of Peter and Lynne Cosgrove. Retrieved 30 March 2014
- "General Peter John Cosgrove, AC, MC". People profiles. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- Automatic upon taking office as Governor-General
- The London Gazette: . 12 February 1971. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
- "Search: COSGROVE, Peter John: Military Cross". It's an Honour. 12 February 1971.
- "Order of St John". London Gazette. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- Thomsen, Simon. "EXECUTIVE LIFE Here Are The Honours Our New Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, AC MC, Already Has". Business Insider Australia. Retrieved 12 April 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.
- 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.
- MINDEF Singapore, President Nathan Confers Top Military Award on Chief of the Australian Defence Force, 7 September 2004. Retrieved 19 April 2008.
- Retired General Peter Cosgrove is presented with the collar of the Order of East Timor by East Timor President, His Excellency, Dr Jose Ramos Horta at the 10th Anniversary of Popular Consultation Awards Ceremony held at the New Presidential Palace in Dili, Defence image gallery – Order of East Timor medal presentations, 04 September 2009
- "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
|Non-profit organization positions|
Major General Adrian Clunies-Ross
|Chairman of the Australian War Memorial Council
Rear Admiral Ken Doolan
Dame Quentin Bryce
|Governor-General of Australia