We are delighted to announce that, as of 2015, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) will be lending his support as Official Patron of
Children's Medical Research Institute.
Now a proud husband, father and grandfather of one, Peter’s began life back in 1947. Born the son of a soldier, Peter attended Waverley College (Sydney) before graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1968.
Even in his early military career Peter was gaining recognition for his performance & leadership skills being awarded the Military Cross in 1971 for his performance and leadership during an assault on enemy positions whilst fighting in Vietnam.
In 1972, he served as Aide de Camp to Governor-General Sir Paul Hasluck. Returning to regimental life as second in command of a Company, rising to Adjutant then Company Commander in the Army’s 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (5 RAR), then 5/7 RAR in Holsworthy, Sydney.
Subsequent appointments included a period as a tactics instructor at the Army’s Infantry Centre in Singleton, New South Wales; a year’s study at the United States Marine Corps Staff College in Quantico, USA; extended periods of duty in the United Kingdom and India; and command of 1 RAR. He was appointed a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service in command in 1983-84.
Peter came to national attention in 1999 when, as Commander of the International Task Force East Timor (INTERFET), he was responsible for overseeing that country’s transition to independence. For his leadership in this role he was promoted to Companion in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AC).
Having been promoted to Lieutenant General, Peter was then appointed as Chief of Army in 2000.
In 2001, Peter was awarded Australian of the year. Accepting the award on behalf of all Australians who served in East Timor, Peters said, "I did a lot of the talking, they did all the working."
After further promotion to General, he served as Chief of the Defence Force from 2002-2005.
In 2005, after 37 years of service Peter retired from the Australian Defence Force.
Whilst enjoying retirement and making time for his sporting hobbies (including rugby & cricket), Peter has also accepted several board positions, including QANTAS, Cardno and the Australian Rugby Union.
In 2006, following the destruction cause by Cyclone Larry, Peter was appointed by the Queensland Government to lead the taskforce in rebuilding communities in the Innisfail region.
From 2007 to 2012, he chaired the Council of the Australian War Memorial, and served as Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University from 2010 until early 2014.
On 25 March 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that General Cosgrove would become a Knight in the Order of Australia when sworn in as Governor-General.
General Sir Peter Cosgrove gave the Boyer Lectures series, “A Very Australian Conversation” in 2009.
His autobiography “My Story” was published in 2006.