In conversation with General Sir Peter Cosgrove


General Sir Peter Cosgrove will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on You Shouldn't Have Joined, the warm, fascinating memoir of one of Australia's most popular and prominent public figures, which allows us an incredible insight into the role and world of Australia's Governor-General. He was there as two prime ministers were toppled by their own party. He was there through disasters both natural and man-made, such as the destruction of MH17. He was there for world leaders, and for ordinary Australians.

You Shouldn't Have Joined, (an expression much used during his days as a soldier), is the story of Cosgrove's extraordinarily full and eventful life. It is also the story of those who have shared it with him, in particular his wife Lynne. His memoir is a true reflection of the man himself, filled with intelligence, forthrightness, compassion and a brilliant eye for a telling anecdote.

General Sir Peter Cosgrove is one of Australia's most significant public figures. As a soldier he saw action in Vietnam, winning the Military Cross, and rose to the very top of his profession, becoming Chief of the Defence Force. Soon after his retirement from the Army, he was invited to take charge of the huge relief and rebuilding operation in Queensland after the devastation of Cyclone Larry.

 In 2014, Cosgrove became Australia's Governor-General. When he retired in July 2019, it was as one of the most beloved and respected governors-general in Australia's history. Cosgrove embodies the traits we truly value: warmth, humanity, toughness and loyalty. His humour and empathy shone through the pomp and ceremony, and his time as Governor-General will be remembered as much for his laughter as for the usual dignities of the office.

Alex Sloan AM, the 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year, is a regular conversationalist for ANU Meet the Author events.

Professor Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate and Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University, will chair the event. 

Important information:

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, registration is essential for this event and social distancing must be adhered to. Please bring photo ID for admission.
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the foyer but must be taken into the auditorium for seated consumption.

This event in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop and books will be available to purchase. General Sir Peter Cosgrove will be signing books in the foyer of the Cultural Centre in Kambri.