The Student Leadership Programme

Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

Former Governor of New South Wales

Dame Marie Roslyn Bashir AD, CVO is the former and second longest-serving Governor of New South Wales. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1956 with the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. 

She then pursued a career in adolescent psychiatry and became an outstanding practitioner and teacher. Professor Bashir taught at the Universities of Sydney and UNSW, increasingly working with children’s services, psychiatry and mental health services, and indigenous health programs.

In 1972 she was asked to establish the Rivendell Child, Adolescent and Family Service for the treatment of school-age children with mental health problems.


By the mid-1980s, this service had progressed and Professor Bashir was keen to move on and extend innovative approaches to new groups that were not being adequately reached – indigenous Australians and refugee communities.

For her services to child and adolescent health, Professor Bashir was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988.

In March 2001, Professor Bashir was appointed the first female governor of New South Wales and was also made a Companion of the Order of Australia. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours, was made a Dame of the Order of Australia (AD).