Margaret Beazley facts for kids
|39th Governor of New South Wales|
2 May 2019
|Nominated by||Gladys Berejiklian|
|Appointed by||Elizabeth II|
|Preceded by||David Hurley|
|President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal|
1 March 2013 – 27 February 2019
|Preceded by||James Allsop|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Bell|
|Judge of the Federal Court of Australia|
1 January 1993 – 28 April 1996
|Born||23 July 1951
Sydney, New South Wales
|Children||Erin, Lauren and Anthony Sullivan|
|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.
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).
Titles, styles and honours
|Viceregal styles of
|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.
- 2019: Honorary Colonel of the Royal New South Wales Regiment.
- 2019: Governor of the New South Wales Police Force.
- 2019: Deputy Prior of the Order of St John.
- 2008: Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) by the University of Sydney.
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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