01 Sep 2016


The Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), has been announced as the 2016 Australian Father of the Year, awarded by children’s charity, The Shepherd Centre. His Excellency is father to three adult children – Caitlin, Marcus and Amelia – and husband to Mrs Linda Hurley.

Former Chief of the Defence Force, and now the 38th Governor of New South Wales, the Governor has received highly esteemed honours, including Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) and Knight of the Order of St John.

On Friday, 2nd September 2016, he will be awarded the 2016 Australian Father of the Year for being an exceptional male role model to others in the community and an upstanding father.

In accepting the Award, the Governor said he was humbled to be considered for Australian Father of the Year. “It is a special honour but I feel slightly embarrassed because, like most fathers, I worry whether I have been as good as I could have been in setting a positive role model for them.”

“Raising children is a team effort. I think that I have worked closely with Linda in raising our children, though my career meant that there were many frequent absences from home. I thank Linda for stepping up during my absences. She has been a very loving and caring mum. I hope that, for my part, I provided my children with an example of honest and ethical behaviour, a respect for all people, and the importance of applying yourself to whatever task is at hand.”

During the Governor’s military career, he saw many examples of the positive impact of a father figure on young soldiers. “Male role models are important, be they fathers or father figures. The right examples can teach respect, and help to create a loving environment in which children can grow and explore in a safe space. There are many issues in life that boys or young men will only feel comfortable about discussing with other males, especially one who is a role model,” commented the Governor.

“The Australian Father of the Year Award celebrates the importance of positive father figures to children as they grow,” Chairman of the Australian Father’s Day Council, Maurice Newman said. “The Governor has certainly excelled as a father and in his career, and has played an exceptionally important role in our nation’s defence forces. This Award recognises him as an exceptional male role model to so many people across Australia.”