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Archbishop Peter Hollingworth Appointed Governor-General: Palace Announcement

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has announced that Archbishop Peter Hollingworth has been appointed Governor-General.

This is the text of the official announcement from the Press Secretary to the Queen.



The Queen, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia, has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Most Reverend Peter Hollingworth AO, OBE, as the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Archbishop Hollingworth will serve in succession to the Honourable Sir William Deane and will assume office on Friday, June 29 2001.


Archbishop Hollingworth was born in Adelaide in 1935 and studied Arts and Theology at Trinity College, Melbourne.

Archbishop Hollingworth is a former Australian of the Year, and has been the Archbishop of Brisbane since 1990. His ministry with the Anglican Church has been paralleled by a close involvement in social welfare, most notably through his leadership roles in the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Since April 2000, he has chaired the National Council for the Centenary of Federation.

Archbishop Hollingworth is married to Ann, a qualified physiotherapist. They have three daughters.

Released on Sunday, April 22, 2001

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