Premier of Tasmania

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Premier of Tasmania
Will Hodgman apples cropped.jpg
Incumbent
Will Hodgman

since 31 March 2014
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of Tasmania
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder William Champ
Formation 1 November 1856

The Premier of Tasmania is the head of the executive government in the Australian state of Tasmania. By convention, the party or political grouping which has majority support in the House of Assembly will nominate its leader to be Premier. The nominated politician is then invited by the Governor of Tasmania to act as their principal adviser.[1] The current Premier is Will Hodgman of the Liberal Party of Australia, who was sworn in on 31 March 2014.

Before the 1890s, there was no formal party system in Tasmania. Party labels before that time indicate a general tendency only. The current convention of appointing the Premier from the House of Assembly was not generally applied prior to 1920, with Premiers often appointed from the Legislative Council.[1]

List of Premiers of Tasmania[edit]

No. Name Party Term start Term end Term in office
1 William Champ 1 November 1856 26 February 1857 117 days
2 Thomas Gregson 26 February 1857 25 April 1857 58 days
3 William Weston 25 April 1857 12 May 1857 17 days
4 Francis Smith 12 May 1857 1 November 1860 3 years, 173 days
William Weston 1 November 1860 2 August 1861 274 days
5 Thomas Chapman 2 August 1861 20 January 1863 1 year, 171 days
6 James Whyte 20 January 1863 24 November 1866 3 years, 308 days
7 Sir Richard Dry 24 November 1866 4 August 1869 2 years, 253 days
8 James Wilson 4 August 1869 4 November 1872 3 years, 92 days
9 Frederick Innes 4 November 1872 4 August 1873 273 days
10 Alfred Kennerley 4 August 1873 20 July 1876 2 years, 351 days
11 Thomas Reibey 20 July 1876 9 August 1877 1 year, 20 days
12 Philip Fysh 9 August 1877 5 March 1878 208 days
13 William Giblin 5 March 1878 20 December 1878 290 days
14 William Crowther 20 December 1878 30 October 1879 314 days
William Giblin 30 October 1879 15 August 1884 4 years, 290 days
15 Adye Douglas 15 August 1884 8 March 1886 1 year, 205 days
16 James Agnew 8 March 1886 29 March 1887 1 year, 21 days
Philip Fysh Liberal 29 March 1887 17 August 1892 5 years, 141 days
17 Henry Dobson Conservative 17 August 1892 14 April 1894 1 year, 240 days
18 Sir Edward Braddon Liberal /
Free Trade
14 April 1894 12 October 1899 5 years, 181 days
19 Elliott Lewis Conservative 12 October 1899 9 April 1903 3 years, 179 days
20 William Propsting Liberal 9 April 1903 12 July 1904 1 year, 94 days
21 John Evans Conservative 12 July 1904 19 June 1909 4 years, 342 days
Sir Elliott Lewis Liberal 19 June 1909 20 October 1909 123 days
22 John Earle Labor 20 October 1909 27 October 1909 7 days
Sir Elliott Lewis Commonwealth Liberal 27 October 1909 14 June 1912 2 years, 231 days
23 Albert Solomon 14 June 1912 6 April 1914 1 year, 296 days
John Earle Labor 6 April 1914 15 April 1916 2 years, 9 days
24 Walter Lee Commonwealth Liberal,
Nationalist
15 April 1916 12 August 1922 6 years, 119 days
25 John Hayes Nationalist 12 August 1922 14 August 1923 1 year, 2 days
Sir Walter Lee 14 August 1923 25 October 1923 72 days
26 Joseph Lyons Labor 25 October 1923 15 June 1928 4 years, 234 days
27 John McPhee Nationalist 15 June 1928 15 March 1934 5 years, 273 days
Sir Walter Lee 15 March 1934 22 June 1934 99 days
28 Albert Ogilvie Labor 22 June 1934 10 June 1939 4 years, 354 days
29 Edmund Dwyer-Gray 11 June 1939 18 December 1939 190 days
30 Robert Cosgrove 18 December 1939 18 December 1947 8 years, 0 days
31 Edward Brooker 18 December 1947 25 February 1948 69 days
Robert Cosgrove 25 February 1948 26 August 1958 10 years, 182 days
32 Eric Reece 26 August 1958 26 May 1969 10 years, 273 days
33 Angus Bethune Liberal 26 May 1969 3 May 1972 2 years, 343 days
Eric Reece Labor 3 May 1972 31 March 1975 2 years, 332 days
34 Bill Neilson 31 March 1975 1 December 1977 2 years, 245 days
35 Doug Lowe 1 December 1977 11 November 1981 3 years, 345 days
36 Harry Holgate 11 November 1981 26 May 1982 196 days
37 Robin Gray Liberal 26 May 1982 29 June 1989 7 years, 34 days
38 Michael Field Labor 29 June 1989 17 February 1992 2 years, 233 days
39 Ray Groom Liberal 17 February 1992 18 March 1996 4 years, 30 days
40 Tony Rundle 18 March 1996 14 September 1998 2 years, 180 days
41 Jim Bacon Labor 14 September 1998 21 March 2004 5 years, 189 days
42 Paul Lennon 21 March 2004 26 May 2008 4 years, 66 days
43 David Bartlett 26 May 2008 24 January 2011 2 years, 243 days
44 Lara Giddings 24 January 2011 31 March 2014 3 years, 66 days
45 Will Hodgman Liberal 31 March 2014 present 0 years, 241 days

Graphical timeline[edit]


Living former premiers[edit]

As of 24 January 2011, seven former premiers are alive, the oldest being Tony Rundle (1996–98, born 1939). The most recent premier to die was Sir Angus Bethune (1969–72), on 27 August 2004. The most recently serving premier to die was Jim Bacon (1998–2004), on 20 June 2004.

Name Term as premier Date of birth
Doug Lowe 1977–1981 (1942-05-15) 15 May 1942 (age 72)
Robin Gray 1982–1989 (1940-03-01) 1 March 1940 (age 74)
Michael Field 1989–1992 (1948-05-28) 28 May 1948 (age 66)
Ray Groom 1992–1996 (1944-09-03) 3 September 1944 (age 70)
Tony Rundle 1996–1998 (1939-03-05) 5 March 1939 (age 75)
Paul Lennon 2004–2008 (1955-10-08) 8 October 1955 (age 59)
David Bartlett 2008–2011 (1968-01-19) 19 January 1968 (age 46)
Lara Giddings 2011–2014 (1972-11-14) 14 November 1972 (age 42)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Premier and Leader of the Opposition, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library.

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