Members of the Rotary Club of Sydney were saddened to learn of the death of former Governor-General Michael Jeffery. The Club supported the Western Division Resilient Landscapes Project in partnership with Soils for Life.
It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Soils For Life founder and patron Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery passed away peacefully at home last Friday morning.
Born in Wiluna in Western Australia, General Jeffery’s distinguished military career included operational service in Malaya, Borneo, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Military Cross and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He served as Governor of Western Australia from 1993 to 2000 and as Australia’s Governor General between 2003 and 2008.
However, it was his work as Australia’s National Soils Advocate that made him so well known and loved within our community. In that role, General Jeffery was pivotal in alerting Australians to the generally poor quality of our soils and working to encourage everyone to focus on their regeneration.
General Jeffery founded Soils For Life in 2013. His vision – to encourage all Australians to focus on soil health and the urgent need to regenerate our rural landscapes – still underpins our work.
His ability to connect with Australians across the country around his passion for agriculture and the healthy landscape it depends on was undiminished until the very end.
Funeral arrangements are to be advised. Further enquiries can be made with the Office of the Major General.