Forde, Leneen (1935–)

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Forde, Leneen (1935–)

Canadian-born governor of Queensland. Born Leneen Kavanagh in Ottawa, Canada; m. Francis Gerard Forde (son of Francis and Vera Forde), 1955 (died 1966); m. Angus McDonald (detective superintendent and district commander of the NSW police force), 1983 (died 1999); children: 5.

Moved to Australia (1954); became a solicitor; chaired the Commission of Inquiry in Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions (1998–99); served as 22nd governor of Queensland (July 29, 1992–July 29, 1997); was chancellor of Griffith University. Appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (1993).