Attorney-General of South Australia

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Attorney-General of South Australia
Incumbent
John Rau
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of South Australia
Term length At the Lieutenant Governor's pleasure
Formation 24 October 1856
First holder Richard Hanson

The Attorney-General of South Australia is the member of the Government of South Australia responsible for maintenance and improvement of South Australia's system of law and justice.[citation needed] The Attorney-General must be a qualified legal practitioner, although this was not always the case.

List of Attorneys-General of South Australia[edit]

No Attorney-General Party Start of term End of term
1 Richard Hanson 24 October 1856 21 August 1857
2 Edward Castres Gwynne 21 August 1857 1 September 1857
3 Richard Bullock Andrews 1 September 1857 30 September 1857
- Richard Hanson (2nd time) 30 September 1857 9 May 1860
4 Henry Strangways 9 May 1860 20 May 1861
5 Randolph Isham Stow 20 May 1861 8 October 1861
6 Henry Gawler 8 October 1861 17 October 1861
- Randolph Isham Stow (2nd time) 17 October 1861 4 July 1863
- Richard Bullock Andrews (2nd time) 4 July 1863 22 July 1864
- Randolph Isham Stow (3rd time) 22 July 1864 22 March 1865
- Richard Bullock Andrews (3rd time) 22 March 1865 23 October 1865
7 James Boucaut 23 October 1865 3 May 1867
- Richard Bullock Andrews (4th time) 3 May 1867 24 September 1868
8 John Tuthill Bagot 24 September 1868 13 October 1868
- Richard Bullock Andrews (5th time) 13 October 1868 3 Nov 1868
- Henry Strangways (2nd time) 3 Nov 1868 30 May 1870
9 Richard Baker 30 May 1870 21 July 1871
10 Charles Mann 21 July 1871 22 January 1872
- James Boucaut (2nd time) 22 January 1872 4 March 1872
11 George Stevenson 4 March 1872 22 July 1873
- Charles Mann (2nd time) 22 July 1873 3 June 1875
12 Samuel Way 3 June 1875 18 March 1876
- Charles Mann (3rd time) 25 March 1876 6 June 1876
13 John Cox Bray 6 June 1876 26 October 1877
- Charles Mann (4th time) 26 October 1877 27 September 1878
14 William Bundey 27 September 1878 10 March 1881
15 Josiah Symon 10 March 1881 24 June 1881
16 John Downer 24 June 1881 16 June 1884
17 Charles Kingston 16 June 1884 16 June 1885
- John Downer (2nd time) 16 June 1885 11 June 1887
- Charles Kingston (2nd time) 11 June 1887 27 June 1889
18 Beaumont Moulden 27 June 1889 19 March 1890
19 Frederick Taylor 31 March 1890 2 May 1890
20 Henry Downer 2 May 1890 19 August 1890
21 Robert Homburg 19 August 1890 21 June 1892
22 William Stock 21 June 1892 15 October 1892
- Robert Homburg (2nd time) 15 October 1892 16 June 1893
- Charles Kingston (3rd time) 16 June 1893 1 December 1899
23 Paddy Glynn 1 December 1899 8 December 1899
24 John Hannah Gordon 8 December 1899 2 December 1899
25 Louis Von Doussa 2 December 1903 4 July 1904
- Robert Homburg (3rd time) 4 July 1904 24 February 1905
26 Archibald Peake LDU 26 July 1905 5 June 1909
27 Samuel Mitchell LDU 5 June 1909 22 December 1909
28 Hermann Homburg LDU 22 December 1909 3 June 1910
29 Bill Denny United Labor 3 June 1910 17 February 1912
- Hermann Homburg (2nd time) Liberal Union 17 February 1912 21 January 1915
30 Herbert Parsons Liberal Union 21 January 1915 3 April 1915
31 John Vaughan Labor/Nat. Lab. 3 April 1915 14 July 1917
32 Henry Barwell Liberal Union 14 July 1917 27 August 1917
- Archibald Peake (2nd time) Liberal Union 27 August 1917 29 April 1918
- Henry Barwell (2nd time) Liberal Union 29 April 1918 16 April 1924
- Bill Denny (2nd time) Labor 16 April 1924 8 April 1927
- Hermann Homburg (3rd time) Liberal Federation 8 April 1927 17 April 1930
- Bill Denny (3rd time) Labor 17 April 1930 18 April 1933
33 Shirley Jeffries LCL 18 April 1933 6 May 1944
34 Charles Abbott LCL 15 May 1944 17 April 1946
35 Reginald Rudall LCL 17 April 1946 1 January 1955
36 Thomas Playford LCL 6 January 1955 6 April 1955
37 Colin Rowe LCL 6 April 1955 10 March 1965
38 Don Dunstan Labor 10 March 1965 16 April 1968
39 Robin Millhouse LCL 17 April 1968 1 June 1970
40 Len King Labor 2 June 1970 20 June 1975
- Don Dunstan (2nd time) Labor 20 June 1975 9 October 1975
41 Peter Duncan Labor 9 October 1975 15 March 1979
42 Don Banfield Labor 15 March 1979 1 May 1979
43 Chris Sumner Labor 1 May 1979 18 September 1979
44 Trevor Griffin Liberal 18 September 1979 10 November 1982
- Chris Sumner (2nd time) Labor 10 November 1982 14 December 1993
- Trevor Griffin (2nd time) Liberal 14 December 1993 4 December 2001
45 Robert Lawson Liberal 4 December 2001 5 March 2002
46 Michael Atkinson Labor 5 March 2002 30 June 2003
47 Paul Holloway Labor 30 June 2003 29 August 2003
- Michael Atkinson (2nd time) Labor 29 August 2003 25 March 2010
48 John Rau Labor 25 March 2010 Present

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