General Sir Peter Cosgrove gives nod to local libraries

Wednesday 7 October 2020

General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, CVO, MC is one of Australia’s most significant public figures and this November he will discuss his extraordinarily full and eventful life with Frankston City Libraries and Mornington Peninsula Library Service.

Frankston City Council CEO, Phil Cantillon, said both library services were proud to be hosting Cosgrove.

“We are absolutely honoured to be welcoming General Sir Peter Cosgrove virtually to our region alongside Mornington Peninsula Library Service,” Mr Cantillon said.

“Libraries have taken on a life of their own during the Coronavirus pandemic and are proud to provide a platform for Australian authors to promote their works as they continue to support our communities.”

As a soldier, Cosgrove 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. As Governor General he supported Australians in times of crisis, sadness, joy and celebration, representing us on the world stage with humour, intelligence and a force of personal magnetism that was felt by everyone from The Queen to US Presidents.

When he retired in July 2019, it was as one of the most beloved and respected Governors General in Australia’s history. Cosgrove represents 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.

This book is the memoir of his extraordinarily full and eventful life, covering some of the military life that featured in his 2006 bestseller, My Story, but in a way that reflects how his perspective has since changed – whilst also allowing us an incredible insight into the role and world of Australia’s Governor General. Every step of his journey has been accompanied by his wife Lynne – who is very much part of his story.

Cosgrove 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. This book is the story of his life and experiences, written with intelligence, forthrightness, compassion, and a brilliant eye for a telling anecdote.

“This year has really tested our resilience, teaching us all the importance of looking out for one another. I can think of no better time to welcome General Sir Peter Cosgrove, who has spent a lifetime supporting Australia, to our beautiful region,” said Mornington Peninsula Shire CEO John Baker.

“The Shire is really pleased to be able to deliver this spectacular event to our Mornington Peninsula and Frankston City communities,” Mr Baker concluded.

Frankston City Libraries and Mornington Peninsula Library Service are proud to present General Sir Peter Cosgrove ‘in conversation’ on Monday 9 November at 6pm.

Numbers are limited for this free virtual event and bookings are essential via: or

Attendees have the opportunity to submit questions and will also receive an exclusive link via email to purchase signed copies of General Sir Peter Cosgrove’s new memoir, You shouldn’t have joined.

Monday 9 November at 6pm

Online via Zoom

Bookings: or

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