At age 16, General Jeffery left Perth to attend the Royal Military
After graduation in 1958, he served in a number of junior regimental appointments with
17 National Service Training Company and the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Perth.
He was posted to Malaya in 1962 for operational service
with the 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment.
In 1964 he was appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of the General
which he was seconded to the British SASR for an operational tour of duty in Borneo.
He returned to Australia as Adjutant of the SASR in Perth.
From 1966-69 he served in Papua New Guinea
with 1st Battalion, The Pacific Islands Regiment and
was married during this posting to Marlena Kerr of Manly, Sydney.
This was followed by a tour of Vietnam as an infantry company commander
with the 8th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
It was during this tour that he was awarded
the Military Cross and the
South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
In 1972 he was selected to attend the British Army Staff College
and was then promoted Lieutenant Colonel to command the
2nd Battalion, The Pacific Islands Regiment.
In 1975, he assumed command of the SASR in Perth and was then
promoted to Colonel as the first Director of the Army's Special Action Forces,
for services to which he became a Member of the Order of Australia.
From 1981-83 he headed Australia's national counter terrorist
co-ordination authority in the rank of Brigadier, after which he was posted as
Commander of the 1st Mechanised and Airborne Brigade in Holsworthy, Sydney.
He was selected to attend the Royal College of Defence Studies in
London in 1985
and was then promoted Major General and appointed to
command the Army's 15,000 man 1st Division.
In June 1988, he became an Officer of the Order of Australia for
his services to the Army
and in 1989 he was appointed as the Assistant Chief of the General Staff - Logistics.
In January 1990 he became Deputy Chief of the General Staff,
responsible for the day to day running of a 65,000 man Army.
In February 1991 he was appointed Assistant Chief of the General Staff
for Materiel which involved the development and management of some 600
Army equipment procurement and building construction projects valued at $3bn.
On 1 November 1993, he was sworn in as the 27th Governor of Western
and in June 1996 became a Companion of the Order of Australia
for his services to the State of Western Australia.
The Governor and his wife, Marlena,
have four adult children and a grandson from their married daughter.
Two of their sons, Craig and David, are serving Army Officers,
as is their married daughter, Sarah. Son Simon is an engineer.
Both the Governor and his wife are enthusiastic golfers.
He is a keen fisherman, Australian Rules football and cricket fan,
and enjoys reading and music.
HIS EXCELLENCY MAJOR GENERAL MICHAEL JEFFERY,
His Excellency was Patron of the Western Australian Division of the WIA
was born in Wiluna, Western Australia and educated at Kent Street High School.
He attended the Royal Military College, Duntroon,
graduating in 1959 as an infantry officer.
He served twice in Papua New Guinea and saw operational service
in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam where he was awarded the
Military Cross and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
He has commanded all combat units of the Australian Army from
a 30 man platoon to a 12,000 man infantry division and held
senior two star appointments in logistics, materiel acquisition and operations.
For these services he was appointed as a Member
and then an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Major General Jeffery was appointed
Governor of Western Australia on 1 November 1993
and became A Companion of the Order of Australia in June 1996
for his services to the State.
His wife Marlena is from Sydney and they have four children;
three of whom are serving Army officers, the fourth a civil engineer
and a grandson from their married daughter.
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