List of Premiers of South Australia by time in office

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This is a list of Premiers of South Australia by time in office. The basis of the list is the inclusive number of years and days between dates.

Rank by time in office[edit]

Parties

      Australian Labor Party       Liberal Party of Australia       Liberal and Country League / Liberal Federation       Non-Party Conservatism       Non-Party Liberalism

Rank: No: Premier: Portrait: Party: District: Assumed
Office:
Left
Office:
TERM
Time in Office:
TOTAL
Time in Office:
Election
Wins:
  1. 33rd Sir Thomas Playford
(1896–1981)
GCMG
Playford portrait 38.jpg Liberal & Country League MP for Gumeracha
(1938–1968)
5 November 1938 10 March 1965 Arrow east.svg 26 years, 125 days 1941 1944 1947
1950 1953 1956
1959 1962
  2. 39th John Bannon
(1943– )
AO
John Bannon.jpg Labor MP for Ross Smith
(1977–1993)
10 November 1982 4 September 1992 Arrow east.svg 9 years, 299 days 1982 1985 1989
  3. 44th Mike Rann
(1953– )
CNZM
Mike Rann (smiling).jpg Labor MP for Ramsay
(1993–2012)
5 March 2002 21 October 2011 Arrow east.svg 9 years, 230 days 2002 2006 2010
  4. 35th Don Dunstan
(1926–1999)
AC, QC
Labor MP for Norwood
(1953–1979)
1 June 1967 17 April 1968 0 years, 321 days 9 years, 214 days 1970 1973 1975
1977
2 June 1970 15 February 1979 8 years, 258 days
  5. 31st Sir Richard Butler
(1885–1966)
KCMG
Richard Layton Butler.jpg Liberal & Country League MP for Wooroora
(1921–1938)
8 April 1927 17 April 1930 3 years, 9 days 8 years, 210 days 1927 1933 1938
18 April 1933 5 November 1938 5 years, 201 days
  6. 25th Archibald Peake
(1859–1920)
Archibald Peake.jpg Liberal & Democratic Union MP for Victoria & Albert
(1902–1915)
Alexandra
(1915–1920)
5 June 1909 3 June 1910 0 years, 363 days 6 years, 312 days 1912 1918
Liberal Union 17 February 1912 3 April 1915 3 years, 45 days
14 July 1917 8 April 1920 2 years, 269 days
  7. 20th Charles Kingston
(1850–1908)
Charles Kingston.jpg Liberalism MP for West Adelaide
(1881–1900)
16 June 1893 1 December 1899 Arrow east.svg 6 years, 168 days 1893 1896 1899
  8. 42nd John Olsen
(1945– )
AO
Liberal MP for Kavel
(1992–2002)
28 November 1996 22 October 2001 Arrow east.svg 4 years, 328 days 1997
  9. 8th Sir Henry Ayers
(1821–1897)
GCMG
Henry Ayers.jpg No Party Alignment Member of the
Legislative Council
(1857–1893)
15 July 1863 4 August 1864 1 year, 20 days 4 years, 34 days
20 September 1865 23 October 1865 0 years, 33 days
3 May 1867 24 September 1868 1 year, 144 days
13 October 1868 3 November 1868 0 years, 21 days
22 January 1872 22 July 1873 1 year, 151 days
  10. 28th Sir Henry Barwell
(1877–1959)
KCMG
Henry Barwell.jpg Liberal Federation MP for Stanley
(1915–1925)
8 April 1920 16 April 1924 Arrow east.svg 4 years, 8 days 1921
  11. 17th Thomas Playford
(1837–1915)
Thomas playford II.jpg No Party Alignment MP for Newcastle
(1887–1890)
East Torrens
(1890–1894)
11 June 1887 27 June 1889 2 years, 16 days 3 years, 323 days
19 August 1890 21 June 1892 1 year, 307 days
  12. 24th Thomas Price
(1852–1909)
Thomas Price (Australian politician).jpg Labor MP for Torrens
(1902–1909)
26 July 1905 5 June 1909 Arrow east.svg 3 years, 314 days 1905 1906
  13. 22nd John Jenkins
(1851–1923)
JohnJenkins.jpg Liberalism MP for Torrens
(1901–1905)
15 May 1901 1 March 1905 Arrow east.svg 3 years, 290 days 1902
  14. 30th Lionel Hill
(1881–1963)
Lionel Hill1.JPG Labor MP for Port Pirie
(1918–1933)
28 August 1926 8 April 1927 0 years, 223 days 3 years, 160 days 1930
17 April 1930 13 February 1933 2 years, 302 days
  15. 38th Dr David Tonkin
(1929–2000)
AO
Liberal MP for Bragg
(1970–1983)
18 September 1979 10 November 1982 Arrow east.svg 3 years, 53 days 1979
  16. 45th Jay Weatherill
(1964– )
Jay Weatherill.jpg Labor MP for Cheltenham
(2002– )
21 October 2011 Incumbent Arrow east.svg 3 years, 34 days[1] 2014
  17. 11th Sir James Boucaut
(1831–1916)
KCMG
Boucat.jpg No Party Alignment MP for Encounter Bay
(1875–1878)
28 March 1866 3 May 1867 1 year, 36 days 3 years, 10 days
3 June 1875 6 June 1876 1 year, 3 days
26 October 1877 27 September 1878 0 years, 336 days
  18. 15th Sir John Bray
(1842–1894)
KCMG, JP
John Cox Bray.jpg No Party Alignment MP for East Adelaide
(1871–1892)
24 June 1881 16 June 1884 Arrow east.svg 2 years, 358 days
  19. 41st Dean Brown
(1943– )
AO
Liberal MP for Finniss
(1993–2006)
14 December 1993 28 November 1996 Arrow east.svg 2 years, 350 days 1993
  20. 14th Sir William Morgan
(1828–1883)
KCMG
William Morgan (Australian politician).jpg No Party Alignment Member of the
Legislative Council
(1867–1884)
27 September 1878 24 June 1881 Arrow east.svg 2 years, 270 days
  21. 9th Sir Arthur Blyth
(1823–1890)
KCMG
ArthurBlyth.jpg No Party Alignment MP for Gumeracha
(1857–1868)
(1870–1875)
4 August 1864 22 March 1865 0 years, 230 days 2 years, 254 days
10 November 1871 22 January 1872 0 years, 73 days
22 July 1873 3 June 1875 1 year, 316 days
  22. 16th Sir John Downer
(1843–1915)
KCMG, QC
John Downer (Australian politician).jpg No Party Alignment MP for Barossa
(1878–1901)
16 June 1885 11 June 1887 1 year, 360 days 2 year, 239 days
  Conservatism 15 October 1892 16 June 1893 0 years, 244 days
  23. 4th Sir Richard Hanson
(1805–1876)
Richard Hanson (Australia).jpg No Party Alignment MP for Adelaide
(1857–1861)
30 September 1857 9 May 1860 Arrow east.svg 2 years, 222 days
  24. 13th Sir John Colton
(1823–1902)
KCMG
John colton.jpg No Party Alignment MP for Noarlunga
(1875–1878)
(1889–1887)
6 June 1876 26 October 1877 1 year, 142 days 2 years, 142 days
16 June 1884 16 June 1885 1 year, 0 days
  25. 29th John Gunn
(1884–1959)
JohnGunn.jpg Labor MP for Adelaide
(1918–1926)
16 April 1924 28 August 1926 Arrow east.svg 2 years, 134 days 1924
  26. 27th Crawford Vaughan
(1874–1947)
CrawfordVaughan.jpg Labor MP for Sturt
(1915–1918)
3 April 1915 14 July 1917 Arrow east.svg 2 years, 102 days 1915
 ; 27. 34th Frank Walsh
(1897–1968)
Labor MP for Edwardstown
(1956–1968)
10 March 1965 1 June 1967 Arrow east.svg 2 years, 83 days 1965
  28. 36th Steele Hall
(1928– )
Liberal & Country League MP for Gouger
(1959–1973)
17 April 1968 2 June 1970 Arrow east.svg 2 years, 46 days 1968
  29. 10th John Hart
(1809–1873)
John Hart (Australian politician).jpg No Party Alignment MP for Port Adelaide
(1862–1866)
Light
(1868–1870)
The Burra
(1870–1873)
23 October 1865 28 March 1866 0 years, 156 days 1 year, 339 days
24 September 1868 13 October 1868 0 years, 19 days
30 May 1870 10 November 1871 1 year, 164 days
  30. 19th Sir Frederick Holder
(1850–1909)
KCMG
Frederick Holder1.jpg No Party Alignment MP for Burra
(1887–1901)
21 June 1892 15 October 1892 0 years, 116 days 1 year, 274 days
  Liberalism 8 December 1899 15 May 1901 1 year, 158 days
  31. 6th George Waterhouse
(1824–1906)
George Marsden Waterhouse.jpg No Party Alignment Member of the
Legislative Council
(1860–1864)
8 October 1861 4 July 1863 Arrow east.svg 1 year, 269 days
  32. 26th John Verran
(1856–1932)
JohnVerran.jpg Labor MP for Wallaroo
(1901–1918)
3 June 1910 17 February 1912 Arrow east.svg 1 year, 259 days 1910
  33. 12th Henry Strangways
(1832–1920)
Henry Strangways.jpg No Party Alignment MP for West Torrens
(1862–1871)
3 November 1868 30 May 1870 Arrow east.svg 1 year, 208 days
  34. 5th Thomas Reynolds
(1818–1875)
Thomas Reynolds (Australian politician).jpg No Party Alignment MP for Adelaide
(1860–1862)
9 May 1860 8 October 1861 Arrow east.svg 1 year, 152 days
  35. 40th Lynn Arnold
(1949– )
AO
Labor MP for Ramsay
(1985–1993)
4 September 1992 14 December 1993 Arrow east.svg 1 year, 101 days
  36. 18th Sir John Cockburn
(1850–1929)
KCMG
John Cockburn (Australian politician).jpg No Party Alignment MP for Mount Barker
(1887–1898)
27 June 1889 19 August 1890 Arrow east.svg 1 year, 53 days 1890
  37. 1st Boyle Travers Finniss
(1807–1893)
BoyleFinniss.jpg No Party Alignment MP for Adelaide
(1857–1860)
24 October 1856 21 August 1857 Arrow east.svg 0 years, 301 days
  38. 37th Des Corcoran
(1928–2004)
AO
Labor MP for Hartley
(1977–1982)
15 February 1979 18 September 1979 Arrow east.svg 0 years, 215 days
  39. 7th Francis Dutton
(1818–1877)
CMG
Francis Dutton.jpg No Party Alignment MP for Light
(1862–1865)
4 July 1863 15 July 1863 0 years, 11 days 0 years, 193 days
22 March 1865 20 September 1865 0 years, 182 days
  40. 43rd Rob Kerin
(1954– )
Liberal MP for Frome
(1993–2008)
22 October 2001 5 April 2002 Arrow east.svg 0 years, 165 days
  41. 23rd Sir Richard Butler
(1850–1925)
Sir Richard Butler (Australia).jpg Conservatism MP for Barossa
(1902–1924)
1 March 1905 26 July 1905 Arrow east.svg 0 years, 147 days
  42. 32nd Robert Richards
(1885–1967)
Robert Richards (Australia).gif Labor MP for Wallaroo
(1918–1949)
13 February 1933 18 April 1933 Arrow east.svg 0 years, 64 days
  43. 3rd Sir Robert Torrens
(1814–1884)
GCMG
Robert Richard Torrens.jpg No Party Alignment MP for Adelaide
(1857–1858)
1 September 1857 30 September 1857 Arrow east.svg 0 years, 29 days
  44. 2nd John Baker
(1813–1872)
John Baker SA.jpg No Party Alignment Member of the
Legislative Council
(1857–1861)
21 August 1857 1 September 1857 Arrow east.svg 0 years, 11 days
  45. 21st Vaiben Louis Solomon
(1853–1908)
Vaiben Solomon1.jpg Conservatism MP for Northern Territory
(1891–1901)
1 December 1899 8 December 1899 Arrow east.svg 0 years, 7 days

Total time in office of political parties in South Australia[edit]

South Australian Parliament – 57739 days as of 24 November 2014

Before Political Parties[edit]

  • Independent – 13141 days
  • Non-Party Conservatism – 401 days.
  • Non-Party Liberalism – 4271 days.

Since 26 July 1905[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jay Weatherill's time in office as of 24 November 2014.

See also[edit]