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Mrs Linda Hurley (nee McMartin) was born and raised in Sydney. She was educated at Kingsgrove High School and after attending Riverina College became a primary school teacher, commencing in 1976.  She married David Hurley in 1977. 

In the course of their married life, Mrs Hurley has supported her husband throughout his career on a wide variety of postings in Australia and overseas, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Malaysia.

Mrs Hurley’s career in education was in both the public and private school systems until her retirement from full time teaching in July 2011. She has been an active member of the community as a Pastoral Carer at the Canberra Hospital and Hospice, and a supporter of Meals on Wheels.

Mrs Hurley has an interest in the Arts, especially music. She is passionate about singing and has been working for the Australian National University School of Music’s Music Engagement Programme in schools that has the aim of helping Australia become a singing nation. She has been a long-term member of the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church choir in Canberra and was a member and Patron of the Australian Military Wives Choir. Mrs Hurley is a member and Patron of ‘Solid Rock’, a Christian Ministry to women in Defence. Most recently, Mrs Hurley was the inaugural Patron of the Defence Community Organisation.

Mrs Hurley and His Excellency have three children: Caitlin, Marcus and Amelia.

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