Events

In Conversation: General Sir Peter Cosgrove


The SA Public Library Network presents General Sir Peter Cosgrove in conversation with ABC Radio announcer Sonya Feldhoff, proudly hosted by Mitcham Library Service.
Numbers are limited and bookings are essential.

Thursday, 12 October, 6:30pm
Live event at Mitcham Memorial Library RSVP required
154 Belair Road, Hawthorn SA
Online webinarRSVP required

We have limited signed stock available at the special event price of $40. We will be in touch about how we can deliver the book to you once you reserve your copy. Any copies that are not pre-ordered will be available for sale on the night.

General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd) is one of Australia’s most significant public figures. As a soldier he saw action in Vietnam, winning the Military Cross, and rose to the very top of his profession, becoming Chief of the Defence Force. Soon after his retirement from the Army, he was invited to take charge of the huge relief and rebuilding operation in Queensland after the devastation of Cyclone Larry.

In 2014, Cosgrove became Australia’s Governor-General. As Governor-General he travelled far and wide, supporting Australians in times of crisis, sadness, joy or celebration, representing us on the world stage with humour, intelligence and a force of personal magnetism that was felt by everyone from prime ministers to presidents.

When he retired in July 2019, it was as one of the most beloved and respected governors-general in Australia’s history. Cosgrove embodies the traits we truly value: warmth, humanity, toughness and loyalty. His humour and empathy shone through the pomp and ceremony, and his time as Governor-General will be remembered as much for his laughter as for the usual dignities of the office.

You Shouldn’t Have Joined … (an expression much used during his days as a soldier) is the story of Cosgrove’s extraordinarily full and eventful life. It is also the story of those who have shared it with him, in particular his wife Lynne.

His memoir allows us an incredible insight into the role and world of Australia’s Governor-General. He was there as two prime ministers were toppled by their own party. He was there through disasters both natural and man-made, such as the destruction of MH17. He was there for world leaders, and for ordinary Australians. You Shouldn’t Have Joined … is a true reflection of the man himself, filled with intelligence, forthrightness, compassion and a brilliant eye for a telling anecdote.


Author Event: Léonie Kelsall


Join local Adelaide author Léonie Kelsall for an afternoon of heart, humour and hope with her novel The Farm at Peppertree Crossing.

Sunday, 29 November, 2:30pm
Live event at Unley Town Hall
Oxford Terrace, Unley, SA 5061

In partnership with City of Unley Libraries

Join local Adelaide author Léonie Kelsall for an afternoon of heart, humour and hope. The Farm at Peppertree Crossing is a captivating story of family, friendship and forgiveness. It will win your heart from the very first page. Léonie will talk about how she creates intricate characters, and you may also get to meet her alter ego, Laney Kaye.

Gold coin on entry. Bookings essential, phone 8372 5100 or online via Eventbrite. Please bring your own drinking water


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