AC, Dame of Grace, Order of St. John of Jerusalem
- 12 May 1935
- Commissioner, Governor, Lawyer, Solicitor and University Chancellor
- Alternative Names
- Forde, Leneen (preferred name)
- Kavanagh, Leneen (birth name)
Mary Marguerite Leneen Forde was admitted as a solicitor in Queensland in 1970, one of only six women in her graduating class. After a distinguished legal career, she was appointed Governor of Queensland a position she held from 1992 until 1997. When she was appointed, she was only the second woman to hold the position of governor of an Australian state and the first to take on the role in Queensland. In 1998 Forde was appointed to Chair the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions. Her report was handed down in May 1999.
Please click 'Details' below to read an essay written by Leneen Forde for the Trailblazing Women and the Law Project.