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Margaret Beazley

39th Governor of New South Wales
Assumed office
2 May 2019 (2019-05-02)
Nominated by Gladys Berejiklian
Appointed by Elizabeth II
Preceded by David Hurley
President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal
In office
1 March 2013 – 27 February 2019
Preceded by James Allsop
Succeeded by Andrew Bell
Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
In office
1 January 1993 – 28 April 1996
Personal details
Born 23 July 1951 (1951-07-23) (age 69)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Dennis Wilson
Children Erin, Lauren and Anthony Sullivan
  • St Declan's Primary School, Penshurst
  • St Joseph's Girls High School, Kogarah
  • Mount Saint Joseph, Milperra
Alma mater University of Sydney

Margaret Joan Beazley, AO, QC (born 23 July 1951) is an Australian jurist who is the 39th and current Governor of New South Wales, serving since 2 May 2019. She was the president of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, the first woman to hold the office, from 2013 until February 2019.

Early life

Beazley was born in Hurstville, Sydney, one of five children born to Gordon and Lorna Beazley; her father worked as a milkman. She grew up in the suburb of Hurstville, and was educated at Catholic schools – St Declan's Primary School in Penshurst, St Joseph's Girls High School in Kogarah, and Mount Saint Joseph, Milperra. Beazley graduated from the Sydney Law School at The University of Sydney in 1974 in law, with honours.


Beazley served her articles of clerkship with Winter & Sharp, and was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1975. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1989.

Beazley was a Judicial Member of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal from 1984 to 1988. She was an Acting District Court Judge from 1990 to 1991. From 1991 to 1992, Beazley served as Assistant Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. She was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1993 to 1996, an additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory from 1994 to 1997, and a judge of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia from 1994 to 1996.

From 1996 to 2019, she was a Judge of Appeal of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. She was President of the court, the first woman to hold the office, from 2013 until February 2019.

Beazley has also served on the Australian Executive of Amnesty International (1980).

In January 2019 Beazley accepted the position of 39th Governor of New South Wales, to take over from David Hurley in May. She was sworn in as governor on 2 May 2019.

Titles, styles and honours


Viceregal styles of
Margaret Beazley
Badge of the Governor of New South Wales.svg
Reference style Her Excellency
Spoken style Your Excellency

The Governor's style and title in full is: Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley, Officer of the Order of Australia, Queen's Counsel, Governor of the State of New South Wales in the Commonwealth of Australia.

Honours and awards

In 2006, Beazley was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the judiciary and the law.

Honorary appointments

  • Australia 2019: Honorary Colonel of the Royal New South Wales Regiment.
  • New South Wales 2019: Governor of the New South Wales Police Force.
  • United Kingdom 2019: Deputy Prior of the Order of St John.

Honorary degrees

Personal life

Beazley is married to Dennis Wilson. She has three adult children from her first marriage to barrister Alan Sullivan. She and Sullivan were reportedly "the first husband and wife from the private legal profession to become QCs".

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