The Friends' School

Peter Underwood Peace & Justice Lecture

Promoting peace and justice were tenets that ran throughout Peter Underwood’s life, along with a commitment to service.Peter Underwood

He served in the Royal Australian Navy, and upon graduation from The University of Tasmania in 1960 served as a brilliant trial advocate for more than 20 years. In 1984 he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and was asked to extend that service as Chief Justice in 2004. Peter Underwood was sworn in as Governor of Tasmania in 2008 and served in that role until his untimely death on 7 July 2014.

Peter Underwood also served the wider community in the Arts and more specifically as the Presiding Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of The Friends’ School in the 1990s. It was a difficult time for The Friends’ School as the buildings were in need of desperate repair in order to remain standing. Peter helped to guide the School through this difficult time with clearness of thought, firmness of purpose and a passion for getting the job done.

As a small measure to honour Peter Underwood, The Friends’ School has established this biennial program, The Peter Underwood Peace and Justice Lecture.

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