As Australia's first female governor-general, Quentin Bryce hand wrote about fifty letters each week. They were to people she had met and connected with as her role took her from palaces to outback schools, war zones to memorials, and intimate audiences to lavish ceremonies. Even more letters were delivered to her weekly from every corner of the country.
Generous, witty and always heartfelt, Bryce's letter-writing skills were honed at boarding school when she would write to her parents every Sunday.
Here is a rich collection of the letters Quentin Bryce wrote and received during her six-year term-to prime ministers Rudd and Gillard, VC Mark Donaldson, pals Anne Summers and Wendy McCarthy, Indigenous elders, war vets, girl guides, grandchildren, as well as the proud owner of a sheep called Quentin.
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO has enjoyed a rich and distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal, and vice-regal representative in Queensland, and Australia. Quentin served as Australia's twenty-fifth Governor-General. She was the first woman to take up the office. She remains a pioneer in contemporary Australian society, and yet one who brings more than forty years of experience in reform, community building and leadership. In 2016 she was chair of the Queensland Premier's Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council.