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Steve Gower
Julia Gillard Steve Gower and other politicians at the AWM.jpg
Gower (at centre) with Warren Snowdon, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Gai Brodtmann and Senator Kate Lundy at an announcement of additional government funding for the AWM in 2011
Director of the Australian War Memorial
In office
March 1996 – December 2012
Preceded by Brendon Kelson
Succeeded by Brendan Nelson
Personal details
Stephen Newman Gower

10 June 1940 (1940-06-10) (age 80)
Adelaide, South Australia
Alma mater University of Adelaide
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Branch/service Australian Army
Years of service 1959–1996
Rank Major General
Commands Training Command (1995–96)
8th/12th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (1978–80)
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia

Major General Stephen Newman "Steve" Gower, AO (born 10 June 1940) is a retired Australian Army officer and former director of the Australian War Memorial (AWM). During his time in the Army he saw combat as an artillery forward observer during the Vietnam War in 1966 and 1967. He is also the author of the books Guns of the Regiment (1981) and Options for an Australian Defence Technological Strategy (1982).

Early life

Gower was born on 10 June 1940 in Adelaide, South Australia, to Allan Martin and Agnes Fanny Gower. Educated at Unley High School and Prince Alfred College, he entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1959. On graduation in 1961, he received a commission as a lieutenant in the Royal Australian Artillery. Gower wed Heather Eunice on 3 July 1965; the couple have one daughter.


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