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Governor of NSW to give 2012 Mosman Address

Posted Tuesday 10 July 2012bashir

The Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO, will present the 2012 Mosman Address on Friday 10 August at the Mosman Art Gallery on the topic of “The Role and Legacy of the Early Colonial Governors.”

Professor Bashir was the first woman to be appointed Governor of New South Wales and took up her office on 1 March 2001.

She gained her bachelor degrees in medicine and surgery in 1956 from the University of Sydney, and taught at the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales, increasingly working with children’s services, psychiatry and mental health services, and indigenous health programs.

At the time of her appointment as Governor of New South Wales, she was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney (a post she took up in 1993); Area Director of Mental Health Services Central Sydney (from 1994); and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern (from 1996) and to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Kempsey.

Along with many professional medical association roles, Professor Bashir was also a member of societies as diverse as Amnesty International, the National Trust, the New South Wales Camellia Research Society and the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Centre, as well as being a patron of the Sydney Symphony and Opera Australia.

She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 for her services to child and adolescent health; and was invested by Her Majesty, the Queen, with the insignia of a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2006.

The Mosman Address is an annual dinner that has been held since 1998 and is presented by the Mosman Public Art Trust in association with Mosman Council. The purpose of the Address is to raise funds for the Mosman Public Art Trust which promotes the visual arts and crafts, and in particular, public art, within Mosman.

Limited tickets are available. Book online at or call 9978 4106.