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Queen’s Representative to NSW Retires

Today in Sydney, Australia, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO Governor of New South Wales waved farewell after 13 years of being our state’s vice regal representative. Her Excellency took her final Vice Regal Salute at a farewell ceremony, and also reviewed the Federation Guard.

Dame Marie Bashir

Dame Marie Bashir

Her Excellency’s motorcade consisted an open topped motorcar for the Governor led by a procession of 5 police motorcycle escorts and 22 mounted police officers, which made its way past members of the emergency services who had formed a guard of honour down Macquarie street to say farewell to their beloved Governor. Members of the public along with tourists also lined the route to give the Governor a suitable send off into retirement. Guns rung out in glorious salute, which was the build up to a magnificent finale – a flyover by the Royal Australian Airforce which is common place around such events.

Emergency Service personnel line the procession route

Emergency Service personnel line the procession route

The Governor of NSW is the oldest public office in Australia, dating from 1786 when Captain Arthur Phillip was issued a Commission appointing him Governor of the then colony of New South Wales. The outgoing Governor is a medical graduate of the University of Sydney, a former medical resident officer of St Vincent’s Hospital and of The Children’s Hospital.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Her Excellency is well known for her work with Australia’s Indigenous communities and has made several trips to remote communities to better understand the issues and history which impact significantly on health in their communities.

Her Excellency is to be replaced by General David Hurley AC, DSC former chief of Her Majesty’s Australian Defence Forces at a Ceremony tomorrow where he will be sworn in as the 38th Governor of NSW.

Procession photo credit: Ashley Sullivan, NSW State Emergency Service

Governor photo credit: Halans via photopin cc

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