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Quentin Bryce

Quentin Bryce
Personal data
Date of birth23 December 1942(age 74)
Place of birthBrisbane, Australia
SpouseMichael Bryce
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholicism
25th Governor-General of Australia
Assumed office5 September 2008
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime ministerKevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Preceded byMichael Jeffery
24th Governor of Queensland
In office29 July 2003 - 29 July 2008
MonarchElizabeth II
PremierPeter Beattie
Anna Bligh
Succeeded byPenelope Wensley
Preceded byPeter Arnison

Quentin Bryce

NameQuentin Bryce
DipstyleHer Excellency
OffstyleYour Excellency

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Quentin Alice Louise Bryce, AC (born 23 December 1942) is the 25th and current Governor-General of Australia (the first woman to hold the position) and former Governor of Queensland. Born in Brisbane, Queensland as Quentin Strachan, she spent her first years in Ilfracombe, with her family subsequently living in a number of country towns around Australia. She attended the University of Queensland, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, becoming one of the first women accepted to the Queensland bar.

In 1968 she became the first woman to be a faculty member of the Law school where she had studied, and in 1978 she joined the new National Women's Advisory Council. This was followed by a number of positions, including the first director of the Queensland Women's Information Service, the Queensland director of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner in 1988. Her services to the community saw her appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988, and a Companion of the Order of Australia and Dame of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 2003.

Bryce was appointed the Governor of Queensland in 2003. Although some concerns were raised during her time in the position, her five-year term was to be extended until 2009. However, on 13 April 2008, before the completion of the initial five years, it was announced that Bryce was to become the next Governor-General of Australia. The decision was generally well received, and on 5 September 2008 Bryce was sworn in, succeeding Major General Michael Jeffery, becoming the first woman to be the Governor-General.

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