Philip Michael Jeffery was born in the West Australian mining town of Wiluna in 1937.
He was educated at Cannington and East Victoria Park state schools and Kent Street High School. At 16, he left Perth to join the Royal Military College in Duntroon from where he graduated in 1958.
His military career included serving in Malaysia in 1962, a secondment to the British SAS regiment for an operational tour of duty in Borneo, service in Papua New Guinea and a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. General Jeffery was awarded the Military Cross and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry following that service. In 1972, he was selected to attend the British Army Staff College and from there was promoted Lieut-Colonel.
His military career saw him appointed Director of the Army's Special Action Forces and made a Member of the Order of Australia. From 1981 to 1983, he was seconded to the Department of Special Minister of State to lead Australia's national counter terrorist coordination authority in the rank of Brigadier and on completion of that project was posted as Commander of the 1st Mechanised and Airborne Brigade in Holsworthy, Sydney. In 1985, General Jeffery attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London and then he was appointed to command the Army's 15,000-man 1st Division.
Five years later he became deputy Chief of the General Staff responsible for the day-to-day running of a 65,000-man army, and a year later he became Assistant Chief of General Staff for Material which involved the development and management of 600 army equipment and construction projects valued at $3 billion.
He was appointed Governor of WA in 1993 by the then Premier, Richard Court. He retired from the post in 2000. His hobbies included golf, fishing, cricket, reading and music.
He retired from the post in 2000 and currently resides in Canberra.
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