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Biographical entry Bashir, Marie Roslyn (1930 - )


Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia
Governor, Educator and Psychiatrist


Marie Bashir is the first woman to be appointed Governor of New South Wales. She began her career in medicine and completed an internship at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney. Later Bashir took up psychiatry. She worked both in universities and mental health services, increasingly focussing children and adolescents. In 1988 she was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her services to child and adolescent health.



Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Sydney
1982 - 1987
Career position - Foundation Director of the Rivendell Child, Adolescent and Family Service
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
1993 - 2001
Career position - Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney
1994 - 2001
Career position - Director of Mental Health Services at Central Sydney Area Health Services
1996 - 2001
Career position - Senior Consultant at the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern and Kempsey
2001 -
Career position - Governor of New South Wales
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Interview with Dr Marie Bashir (sound recording), interviewer: Amy McGrath, 20 April 1979, TRC 838; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


See also

  • Herd, Margaret ed., Who's Who in Australia 2002 (Melbourne: Crown Content, 2001), 2020 pp. Details

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