Colonel David Lawrence AM (Retd)

Colonel David Lawrence was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, Victoria. He graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea in 1959 and was allotted to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC). During his regimental service in the RAAC, he served with 1st Armoured Regiment, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers, 2nd/14th Queensland Mounted Infantry and 4th/19th Prince of Wale's Light Horse.

After completing a tour of duty in South Vietnam, Colonel Lawrence was posted to the RAAC Directorate as a Grade 2 Staff Officer (Major). He attended Staff College in 1972 and this was followed by a tour of duty as the OC of an independent cavalry squadron. In 1975 Colonel Lawrence was posted to US Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky, as an exchange Instructor. On return from the USA, he was posted to the Australian Staff College as a member of the Directing Staff. He assumed command of the Army Apprentices School in January 1981.

In June 1982 he was promoted Colonel and appointed Commandant of the Army Apprentices School and Commander Albury/ Wodonga Military Area in preparation of the school's move to Bonegilla in January 1983. He was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the Army Apprentices School in 1983.

Colonel Lawrence was appointed Assistant Commander and Chief of Staff of the 3rd Division in January 1985 and posted to Melbourne. In 1987 he was reposted to the Australian High Commission, London as the Military Attache where he served until 1990.

On his return from London he was posted to the Army Command and Staff College as a project officer investigating leadership training in the Army and retired from the Service in 1991.

In 1994 Colonel Lawrence was appointed to the Fort Queenscliff Museum Committee and in 1998 was elected Chairman. He retired as Chairman in 2009 and became Patron of the Museum.

Colonel Lawrence takes a keen interest in military history and a wide variety of other interests including golf, horse racing, fishing and the stock market. He maintains a passionate interest in the Fort and enjoyed his years spent both as chairman and board member of the Museum.