Published On: Sun, Feb 22nd, 2015

Meet Linda Dessau: First Woman and First Jewish Governor of Victoria, Australia

Linda Dassau Says Resilience is needed among young people

Dame Roma Lunch 2014. Linda Dessau

Linda Dessau will be the first female and the first Jewish governor of Victoria, Australia, as reported by

She will assume her position as the 29th governor on July 1st, replacing Alex Chernov.

The former judge of the Family Court of Australia, serving from 1995 to 2013 and AFL commissioner, starting in 2007, is expected to have special appeal to young people, “many of whom I suspect are not completely in touch with what a governor does, ” she told She added, “I won’t be defining myself as either a female governor or a Jewish governor, because I see myself as a governor for both genders and all religious and ethnic groups and all Victorians from all parts of the state.”

Prior to serving as judge of Australia’s Family Court, she was a magistrate at the children’s court, the Coroner’s Court and the Melbourne magistrates’ court. The main quality Dessau says she would like to instill in her constituents is resilence. She told “We all need resilience and a sense of belonging in a community and a sense of being respected and respecting yourself are really fundamental to resilience.”


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