Fellows of Senate
Peter John FitzSimons AM
Mr Peter FitzSimons AM is a Fellow of Senate elected by and from the graduates of the University of Sydney.
Peter's term/s of office as a Fellow of Senate:
- term 1: 1 December 2009 - 30 November 2013 (four years)
- term 2: 1 December 2013 - 30 November 2017 (four years) - current term
AM, BA Sydney
Fellow of Senate, 2009 -
A former Wallabies rugby union player (1984 and 1989-1991), Peter FitzSimons has been a non-fiction author and biographer since the 1990s, his more recent work including: Simpler Time: A Memoir of Love, Laughter, Loss and Billycarts; Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men; Tobruk; Ballad of Les Darcy; and Kokoda. He is also a sports journalist and has a professional engagement in television and radio.
He has been a Board Member of the Sydney Writers Festival since 2002; is Current Patron of the Cerebral Palsy Association, the Epilepsy Foundation and AFS Intercultural Programs; has been Patron of the Newport Surf Life Saving Club since 2003; is a Supporter of Stepping Stone House; is Current President of the Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library (devoted to getting second-hand books to homeless people) and the Northern Suburbs Basketball Association; and is Current White Ribbon Ambassador (the White Ribbon Campaign is a male-led violence prevention campaign in Australia).
He attended the University of Sydney from 1980 to 1982, living at Wesley College throughout. He recalls those years as particularly fulfilling and is eternally grateful for the experiences and benefits that Sydney Uni provided him with. Chief among those were forming life-long friendships, and receiving a great education which helped equip him for journalism. He also names as hugely beneficial being able to play rugby for Sydney University Football Club - an experience which provided him with a launching pad for the next ten years of his life, playing for the Wallabies and playing rugby for five years in Italy and then France.
In the 2011 Queen's Birthday honours, Peter was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations.