Chieftain for the Day

The President and Committee of the Bundanoon Highland Gathering are delighted and honoured to announce that for their 42nd Annual Brigadoon gathering the Chieftain of the Day will be:

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales accompanied by his wife Mrs.Linda Hurley


His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) is the 38th Governor of New South Wales.

He commenced his five year tenure in October 2014.

Prior to his appointment as Governor, His Excellency served for 42 years in the Australian Army, concluding his service as the Chief of the Defence Force.

His Excellency was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force and a Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership during Operation SOLACE in Somalia in 1993.

His Excellency is married to Linda and has three adult children: Caitlin, Marcus and Amelia.

He has a wide range of interests in the arts and in sport.

As Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency intends to support the people and community organisations of New South Wales, through:

  • assisting programs and organisations that promote inclusiveness, diversity and active citizenship
  • recognising innovation, achievement and excellence
  • promoting industry and regional development
  • providing support in times of adversity
  • advocating for marginalised members of our community.

Mrs Linda Hurley – biography

Mrs Linda Hurley (nee McMartin) was born and raised in Sydney. She was educated at Kingsgrove High School and went on to become a teacher, commencing in 1976. She married David Hurley in 1977.

In the course of their married life, Mrs Hurley has supported her husband throughout his career on a wide variety of postings in Australia and overseas, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Malaysia.

Mrs Hurley’s own career in education has been in both the public and private school systems, until her retirement from full time teaching in July 2011. She has been an active member of the community as a Pastoral Carer at the Canberra Hospital and supporter of Meals on Wheels.

Mrs Hurley has an interest in the Arts, especially music. She is passionate about singing and has been working for the Australian National University School of Music’s Music Engagement Programme in schools that has the aim of helping Australia become a singing nation.

She has been a long-term member of the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church choir in Canberra and was a member and Patron of the Australian Military Wives Choir. Mrs Hurley is a member and Patron of ‘Solid Rock’, a Christian Ministry to women in Defence. Most recently, Mrs Hurley was the inaugural Patron of the Defence Community Organisation.

Mrs Hurley and His Excellency have three children: Caitlin, Marcus and Amelia.


PAST CHIEFTAINS OF BRIGADOON:Past Chieftain of the Bundanoon Highland Gathering Inc.