Marie Bashir

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Marie Roslyn Bashir AC, CVO (born. 1930) is the present Governor of New South Wales since 2001 and also the Chancellor of the University of Sydney since 2007. Born in Narrandera, New South Wales, Bashir graduated from the University of Sydney in 1956 and held various medical positions, with a particular emphasis in psychiatry. In 1993 Bashir was appointed as the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for the Central Sydney Area, which she held until she was appointed as Governor in March 2001. She was further appointed in June 2007 as Chancellor of the University of Sydney.[1]


Early years

Marie Roslyn Bashir was born in 1930 in Narrandera, New South Wales, to Lebanese-born parents[2] and attended Narrandera Public School and Sydney Girls High School.[3] She completed the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 1956 at the University of Sydney, residing at The Women's College from 1950 to 1955. In 1959 she was elected to the College Council, became Honorary Secretary in 1960 and was Chair from 1982 to 1990. She took up life membership of the College Union in 1969.[4]

In February 1957, Bashir married the Australian Rugby player, Nicholas Shehadie, with whom she had three children. Bashir was named Mother of the Year in 1971. When Shehadie was made Lord Mayor of Sydney, Bashir became the Lady Mayoress of Sydney from 1971 to 1973. When Shehadie was Knighted in 1976, Bashir acquired the title 'Lady Shehadie', but seldom uses it, preferring to use her maiden name. After completion of postgraduate studies in psychiatry, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1971. From 1972, Bashir was a teacher, lecturer and mentor to medical students at The University of Sydney.[1]

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