His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) and Mrs Linda Hurley were elected the first Patrons of the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund in their private (rather than Vice Regal) capacity on 17th January 2019. His Excellency is now Australia's Governor-General, having taken up the role on 1 July 2019 following a five year term as the 38th Governor of New South Wales.
Prior to his appointment as Governor, His Excellency served for 42 years in the Australian Army, concluding his service as the Chief of the Defence Force. His Excellency was appointed a Companion within the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force, and had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership during Operation SOLACE in Somalia in 1993.
His Excellency is married to Linda and has three adult children: Caitlin, Marcus and Amelia. He has a wide range of interests in the arts and in sport.
In his swearing in speech as Governor-General, His Excellency noted:
"Through speeches, supportive visits and acts of encouragement and recognition, the Governor-General can demonstrate to Australians their inherent strengths, their concern for the common good, their humanity, their desire for a ‘fair go’ and strength of character ...
Australia is not a finished product. I look forward, with Linda, in working with you in exploring, discussing and shaping our nation’s future possibilities.
I am extremely proud of my country and greatly honoured to become its Governor-General today."