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Penelope Wensley

Personal data
Date of birth18 October 1946(age 64)
Place of birthToowoomba, Queensland, Australia
SpouseStuart McCosker
ResidenceGovernment House, Brisbane
Alma materPenrith High School University of Queensland
OccupationDiplomat, Governor
25th Governor of Queensland
Assumed office29 July 2008
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
PremierAnna Bligh
Preceded byQuentin Bryce AC

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Penelope "Penny" Anne Wensley, AC (born 18 October 1946) is the Governor of Queensland and a former Australian diplomat.

Born in Toowoomba, Queensland, she was educated at Penrith High School in New South Wales, the Rosa Bassett School in London (UK), and the University of Queensland where she graduated with a first class honours degree in English and French literature. She was a resident of the Women's College there. She joined the Australian Foreign Service in 1967. Wensley was posted to Paris (1969 � 1972), returned to work in Australia, and then given a posting in Mexico (1975 � 1977). She and her husband, Stuart McCosker, a veterinary surgeon, had a daughter while posted in Mexico.

Her next diplomatic appointment was in Wellington, New Zealand (1982 � 1985). She was consul general in Hong Kong from 1986-1988. From 1991 to 1992, she was head of the International Organisations Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In 1994, Wensley was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by the University of Queensland. Wensley was Ambassador for Environment from 1992 to 1996. She then became the first woman to be Australian Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York in 1997.

In 2001, Penny Wensley was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the development of Australia's international relations, particularly through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She was then appointed as the first female Australian High Commissioner to India, a role she held until 2004. From 2005 to 2008, she was Australia's Ambassador to France, and non-resident Ambassador to Algeria, Mauritania and Morocco.

On 6 July 2008, the Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, announced that Queen Elizabeth II had approved Penny Wensley's appointment as the next Governor of Queensland, in succession to Quentin Bryce, who was relinquishing the office prior to being sworn in as Governor-General of Australia. Wensley was sworn in on 29 July 2008. She was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2011.

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Queensland Governor Dr Penelope Wensley AO addressed the members of UQ's 31st Senate and guests on Thursday December 10, 2009 at Parliament House in Brisbane, Queensland.
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Queensland Governor Dr Penelope Wensley AO addressed the members of UQ's 31st Senate and guests on Thursday December 10, 2009 at Parliament House in Brisbane, Queensland.
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Former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello awarded Order of Australia, slams ... - Herald Sun Tweet this news
Herald Sun--Among other award recipients were Queensland governor -Penelope Wensley-, Chief of Army Ken Gillespie and Richard Battersby who rescued two detainees from a burning building at Sydney's Villawood detention centre in 2002.--- - Date : Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:16:23 GMT+00:00
Bravery medal given for Josephine Falls rescue - The Cairns Post Tweet this news
The Cairns Post--Mr Andrews was among 35 Queenslanders rewarded for their bravery by Governor -Penelope Wensley- on Friday. He remembers SES workers and emergency crews arrived at Josephine Falls in January 2009 when heavy rain caused a 1m wall of water t - Date : Sun, 10 Apr 2011 18:23:09 GMT+00:00
Syringe bravery gong - Quest News Tweet this news
Quest News--This month Mr Fry was presented with the Royal Humane Society of Australasia Certificate of Merit for Bravery by the Governor, Ms -Penelope Wensley-, AO. The society recognises acts of bravery that result in the prevention of harm or loss of l - Date : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 22:37:09 GMT+00:00
China's top political advisor meets Queensland governor, both vow to boost ... - Xinhua Tweet this news
Xinhua--BRISBANE, Australia, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Visiting China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin met with Governor of Queensland -Penelope Wensley- here on Saturday, both agreed to boost cooperation in various areas. Jia, chairman of the Chinese P - Date : Sat, 09 Apr 2011 10:14:02 GMT+00:00
Bravery award winners: we're not heroes - Pine Rivers Press Tweet this news
Pine Rivers Press--Bobcat hire owner Glen Lake, self-employed businessman Ian Weise and his son Brendan will meet Governor -Penelope Wensley- in September for official recognition, along with the state's other award recipients. The quick-thinking tri - Date : Tue, 05 Apr 2011 00:23:21 GMT+00:00
Faithful rejoice with archbishop - Catholic Leader Tweet this news
Catholic Leader---...- guests including apostolic nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Anglican Archbishop Dr Phillip Aspinall, Uniting Church Moderator Reverend Bruce Johnson, Lutheran Church representative Rev Stephen Nuske and Queensland Governor -Pe - Date : Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:00:38 GMT+00:00
Looking back over 75 years - The Satellite Tweet this news
The Satellite--Mr Jack Bryce - MontroseAccess Director, Mrs Helen Gregory - historian and author, Her Excellency, The Governor, Ms -Penelope Wensley- AC. EVER wanted to know how MontroseAccess at Corinda first started? Or some of the successes they have a - Date : Mon, 21 Mar 2011 06:02:09 GMT+00:00
佛光人護持醫療 澳洲婦女醫院表揚 - 人間福報 Tweet this news
人間福報--昆士蘭州-Penelope Wensley-總督、獲獎研究員、護理員、對基金會及其所資助之醫療研究項目有重大貢獻之社團、商業機構及個人等,共一百五十人與會。 基金會主席John Herron於會中頒發E - Date : Thu, 03 Mar 2011 01:53:05 GMT+00:00
Farmers urged to claim flood funds - Warwick Daily News Tweet this news
Warwick Daily News--Meanwhile, Governor -Penelope Wensley- will visit the Rose City today. She is expected to inspect damage at Warwick East State School and the hockey grounds.--- - Date : Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:20:50 GMT+00:00
Over 130 Events to Raise Money for Flood Relief in Australia - Tweet this news federal treasurer Peter Costello, Lieutenant Ken Gillespie, and Queensland Governor -Penelope Wensley- all receive the Companion of the Order of ... - Date : Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:00:15 GMT+00:00

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Richard Butler
Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations
1997 - 2001
Succeeded by
John Dauth
Government offices
Preceded by
Quentin Bryce
Governor of Queensland
2008 - present

Governors of the Australian states

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