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New Governor sworn in

WA finally has a new Governor with Lieutenant General John Sanderson AC sworn in by Chief Justice Geoffrey Kennedy last Friday.

More than 350 guests witnessed the swearing, including 80 people selected by ballot after more than 300 applicants responded to an invitation by Premier Richard Court to attend the ceremony.

Mr Court said the Governor provided more than just a ceremonial position – it was also one of leadership and community service.

Lieutenant General Sanderson, 59, spent 40 years in the Australian Army before retiring in June 1998.

He completed his service as Chief of the General Staff and Chief of the Army.

Trained and educated as both a military and civil engineer, he spent his early military years in construction and training appointments with operational duties in both Borneo and South Vietnam.

In 1986 he was promoted to Brigadier and completed a major review of the Army Reserve before assuming command of the 1st Brigade.

Married for 38 years, Lieutenant General Sanderson and his wife Lorraine have three children, Grant, Kelly and Rebekah and five grandchildren.

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