Dame Quentin Bryce was born in Brisbane and spent her early years in Ilfracombe, a small town in central western Queensland. In 1965, she graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from The University of Queensland and, in the same year, was admitted to the Queensland Bar. She has enjoyed a rich and distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal, and vice-regal representative in Queensland and subsequently Australia.
Her contribution to advancing human rights and equality, the rights of women and children, and the welfare of the family was recognised in her appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2003. In 2014, Quentin Bryce became a Dame in the Order of Australia.
In her civic role as Governor of Queensland from 2003 to 2008, Dame Quentin continued her work with women, families and young people while extending her influence across the State’s broad and diverse spectrum, including the rural, regional, aged, indigenous, migrant, and disability sectors.
In 2008 Dame Quentin was sworn in as Australia’s twenty-fifth Governor-General. As the first woman to take up the office, she remains a pioneer in contemporary Australian society, and yet one who brings more than 40 years of experience in reform, community building and leadership to the role.
Dame Quentin and her husband, Michael, were married in 1964. They have two daughters and three sons, and 11 grandchildren.