David Hurley

Australian Army general and Governor-General of Australia

David John Hurley AC DSC (born 26 August 1953) is an Australian former army officer. Hurley is the 27th Governor-General of Australia since 1 July 2019. He was the Governor of New South Wales from 2014 to 2019. He had a 42-year long career in the Australian Army. He served as the Chief of Capability Development Group (2003–2007), the Chief of Joint Operations (2007–2008). He later served as the AF's Vice Chief (2008–2011), and as Chief (2011–2014), in succession to Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston.[1] Hurley retired from the army in June 2014 at the rank of general.

David Hurley

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27th Governor-General of Australia
Assumed office
1 July 2019
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Anthony Albanese
Preceded bySir Peter Cosgrove
38th Governor of New South Wales
In office
2 October 2014 – 1 May 2019
MonarchElizabeth II
PremierMike Baird
Gladys Berejiklian
LieutenantTom Bathurst
Preceded byDame Marie Bashir
Succeeded byMargaret Beazley
Personal details
Born (1953-08-26) 26 August 1953 (age 68)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Linda McMartin (m. 1977)
Military service
Branch/serviceAustralian Army
Years of service1972–2014
CommandsChief of the Defence Force (2011–2014)
Vice Chief of the Defence Force (2008–2011)
Chief of Joint Operations (2007–2008)
Chief of Capability Development Group (2003–2007)
Land Commander Australia (2002–2003)
1st Brigade (1999–2000)
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1991–1993)
Battles/warsOperation Solace
AwardsCompanion of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Cross
Knight of the Order of Saint John

On 16 December 2018, it was said that Queen Elizabeth II had allowed Hurley to become the next Governor-General of Australia. This was on the advice of Prime Minister Scott Morrison. He began his term in July 2019.[2][3]

Hurley was born in Wollongong, New South Wales. He is married to Linda. The couple have three children.


  1. Massola, James (1 June 2011). "David Hurley is made new defence force chief as part of sweeping renewal of top brass". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  2. "Australia's New Governor-General". Prime Minister of Australia. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. Karp, Paul; Cox, Lisa (16 December 2018). "David Hurley named next governor general of Australia as Labor blasts timing". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 March 2019.