Michael Jeffery, Date of Birth, Place of Birth


Michael Jeffery

Australian governor-general and army officer

Date of Birth: 12-Dec-1937

Place of Birth: Wiluna, Western Australia, Australia

Profession: politician, military officer

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Michael Jeffery

  • Major General Philip Michael Jeffery, (born 12 December 1937) is a retired senior Australian Army officer who was the 24th Governor-General of Australia, serving from 2003 to 2008, and the 28th Governor of Western Australia, serving from 1993 to 2000. From Perth, Western Australia, Jeffery graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and served in the Malayan Emergency and the Vietnam War, being awarded the Military Cross during the latter conflict. Jeffery was at various stages commander of the Special Air Service Regiment and the 1st Division, and subsequently Deputy Chief of General Staff, before retiring from active service in 1993.
  • After serving for seven years as Governor of Western Australia, Jeffery was appointed Governor-General of Australia in 2003, following the resignation of Peter Hollingworth.
  • He was the first career Australian Army officer to hold the position, and was succeeded by Dame Quentin Bryce.

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