Premier of New South Wales

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Premier of New South Wales
Mike Baird.jpg
Incumbent
Mike Baird

since 17 April 2014
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of New South Wales
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation 6 June 1856

The Premier of New South Wales is the head of government in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The Government of New South Wales follows the Westminster system, with a Parliament of New South Wales acting as the legislature. The Premier is appointed by the Governor of New South Wales, and by modern convention holds office by virtue of his or her ability to command the support of a majority of members of the lower house of Parliament, the Legislative Assembly.

The current Premier is Mike Baird, the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party. His Deputy is Andrew Stoner, the Leader of the New South Wales National Party. Baird replaced Barry O'Farrell on 17 April 2014, after O'Farrell stood down as Premier.

Prior to Federation in 1901 the term "Prime Minister of New South Wales" was used, "Premier" was used after 1901.[1][2]

List of Premiers of New South Wales[edit]

No. Name
(lifespan)
Portrait Term of Office Party Constituency Ministry Election(s)
1 Stuart Donaldson
(1812–1867)
Stuart A. Donaldson.jpg 6 June 1856 25 August 1856 No party Sydney Hamlets Donaldson 1856
2 Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper.jpg 26 August 1856 2 October 1856 No party Sydney Cowper I
3 Henry Parker
(1808–1881)
Henry Watson Parker.jpg 3 October 1856 7 September 1857 No party Parramatta Parker
(2) II Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper.jpg 7 September 1857 26 October 1859 No party Sydney
East Sydney
Cowper II 1858
1859
4 William Forster
(1818–1882)
PremierWilliamForster.jpg 27 October 1859 9 March 1860 No party Queanbeyan Forster 1860
5 John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson.jpg 9 March 1860 9 January 1861 No party Upper Hunter Robertson I 1860
(2) III Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper.jpg 10 January 1861 15 October 1863 No party East Sydney Cowper III 1863
6 James Martin
(1820–1886)
SirJamesMartin.jpg 16 October 1863 2 February 1865 No party Tumut
Monaro
Martin I 1863
1865
(2) IV Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper.jpg 3 February 1865 21 January 1866 No party East Sydney Cowper IV 1865
(6) II James Martin
(1820–1886)
SirJamesMartin.jpg 22 January 1866 26 October 1868 No party Lachlan Martin II
(5) II John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson.jpg 27 October 1868 12 January 1870 No party Clarence
West Sydney
Robertson II 1869-70
(2) V Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper.jpg 13 January 1870 15 December 1870 No party Liverpool Plains Cowper V
(6) III Sir James Martin
(1820–1886)
SirJamesMartin.jpg 16 December 1870 13 May 1872 No party East Sydney
East Macquarie
Martin III 1872
7 Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes.jpg 14 May 1872 8 February 1875 No party East Sydney Parkes I 1872
1874-75
(5) III John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson.jpg 9 February 1875 21 March 1877 No party West Sydney Robertson III 1874-75
(7) II Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes.jpg 22 March 1877 16 August 1877 No party East Sydney
Canterbury
Parkes II
(5) IV Sir John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson.jpg 17 August 1877 17 December 1877 No party West Sydney
East Macquarie
Mudgee
Robertson IV 1877
8 James Farnell
(1825–1888)
JamesFarnell.jpg 18 December 1877 20 December 1878 No party St Leonards Farnell
(7) III Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes.jpg 21 December 1878 4 January 1883 No party Canterbury
East Sydney
Tenterfield
Parkes III 1880
1882
9 Alexander Stuart
(1824–1886)
Alexander Stuart Federation Conference 1884.jpg 5 January 1883 6 October 1885 No party Illawarra Stuart
10 George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
George Dibbs Federation Conference 1884.jpg 7 October 1885 7 October 1885 No party St Leonards
Murrumbidgee
Dibbs I 1885
(5) V Sir John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson.jpg 22 December 1885 22 February 1886 No party Mudgee Robertson V
11 Sir Patrick Jennings
(1831–1897)
Patrick Jennings.jpg 26 February 1886 19 January 1887 Protectionist Party Bogan Jennings 1887
(7) IV Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes.jpg 25 January 1887 16 January 1889 Free Trade Party St Leonards Parkes IV 1887
(10) II George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
George Dibbs Federation Conference 1884.jpg 17 January 1889 7 March 1889 Protectionist Party Murrumbidgee Dibbs II 1889
(7) V Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes.jpg 8 March 1889 23 October 1891 Free Trade Party St Leonards Parkes V 1889
(10) III George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
George Dibbs Federation Conference 1884.jpg 23 October 1891 2 August 1894 Protectionist Party Murrumbidgee Dibbs III 1891
1894
12 George Reid
(1845–1918)
George Reid cph.3c31684.jpg 3 August 1894 13 September 1899 Free Trade Party East Sydney
Sydney-King
Reid 1894
1895
1898
13 Sir William Lyne
(1844–1913)
Williamlyne.jpg 14 September 1899 27 March 1901 Protectionist Party Hume Lyne
14 Sir John See
(1844–1907)
JohnSee.jpg 28 March 1901 14 June 1904 Progressive Party Grafton See 1901
15 Thomas Waddell
(1854–1940)
Thomas Waddell.jpg 15 June 1904 29 August 1904 Progressive Party Cowra Waddell 1904
16 Sir Joseph Carruthers
(1857–1932)
Joseph Carruthers.png 29 August 1904 1 October 1907 Liberal Reform Party St George Carruthers 1904
17 Charles Wade
(1863–1922)
SirCharlesWade.gif 2 October 1907 1 October 1910 Liberal Reform Party Gordon Wade 1907
1910
18 James McGowen
(1855–1922)
James McGowen Premier.png 21 October 1910 29 June 1913 Australian Labor Party Redfern McGowen 1910
1913
19 William Holman
(1871–1934)
William Holman 1919.jpg 30 June 1913 15 November 1916 Australian Labor Party Cootamundra Holman I 1917
1920
15 November 1916 12 April 1920 Nationalist Party Holman II
20 John Storey
(1869–1921)
John Storey cropped.jpg 13 April 1920 5 October 1921 Australian Labor Party Balmain Storey 1920
21 James Dooley
(1877–1950)
JamesDooleySpeaker.jpg 5 October 1921 20 December 1921 Australian Labor Party Bathurst Dooley I
22 Sir George Fuller
(1861–1940)
George fuller.jpg 20 December 1921 20 December 1921 Nationalist Party Wollondilly Fuller I
(21) II James Dooley
(1877–1950)
JamesDooleySpeaker.jpg 20 December 1921 13 April 1922 Australian Labor Party Bathurst Dooley II 1922
(22) II Sir George Fuller
(1861–1940)
George fuller.jpg 13 April 1922 17 June 1925 Nationalist Party Wollondilly Fuller II 1922
1925
23 Jack Lang
(1876–1975)
Jacklang.jpg 17 June 1925 18 October 1927 Australian Labor Party Parramatta Lang I
Lang II
1925
1927
24 Thomas Bavin
(1874–1941)
Thomas Bavin.jpg 18 October 1927 4 November 1930 Nationalist Party Gordon Bavin 1927
1930
(23) II Jack Lang
(1876–1975)
Jacklang.jpg 4 November 1930 15 October 1931 Australian Labor Party Auburn Lang III 1930
15 October 1931 13 May 1932 Labor Party (NSW) 1932
25 Bertram Stevens
(1889–1973)
Sir Bertram Stevens.jpg 16 May 1932 5 August 1939 United Australia Party Croydon Stevens I
Stevens II
Stevens III
1932
1935
1938
26 Alexander Mair
(1889–1969)
Alexander mair.jpg 5 August 1939 16 May 1941 United Australia Party Albury Mair 1941
27 William McKell
(1891–1985)
Williammckell.jpg 16 May 1941 6 February 1947 Australian Labor Party Redfern McKell I
McKell II
1941
1944
28 James McGirr
(1890–1957)
James McGirr 1947.jpg 6 February 1947 2 April 1952 Australian Labor Party Bankstown
Liverpool
McGirr I
McGirr II
McGirr III
1947
1950
29 Joseph Cahill
(1891–1959)
JJ Cahill.JPG 2 April 1952 22 October 1959 Australian Labor Party Cook's River Cahill I
Cahill II
Cahill III
Cahill IV
1953
1956
1959
30 Bob Heffron
(1890–1978)
Robert Heffron 1960.jpg 23 October 1959 30 April 1964 Australian Labor Party Maroubra Heffron I
Heffron II
1962
31 Jack Renshaw
(1901–1987)
Jack Renshaw.png 30 April 1964 13 May 1965 Australian Labor Party Castlereagh Renshaw 1965
32 Sir Robert Askin
(1907–1981)
Sir Robert Askin - National Archives of Australia.jpg 13 May 1965 3 January 1975 Liberal Party of Australia Collaroy
Pittwater
Askin I
Askin II
Askin III
Askin IV
Askin V
Askin VI
1965
1968
1971
1973
33 Tom Lewis
(1922–)
Thomas Lewis.gif 3 January 1975 23 January 1976 Liberal Party of Australia Wollondilly Lewis I
Lewis II
34 Sir Eric Willis
(1922–1999)
Sir Eric.jpg 23 January 1976 14 May 1976 Liberal Party of Australia Earlwood Willis 1976
35 Neville Wran
(1926–2014)
Neville Wran.jpg 14 May 1976 4 July 1986 Australian Labor Party Bass Hill Wran I
Wran II
Wran III
Wran IV
Wran V
Wran VI
Wran VII
Wran VIII
1976
1981
1984
36 Barrie Unsworth
(1934–)
Barrie Unsworth.png 4 July 1986 25 March 1988 Australian Labor Party Rockdale Unsworth 1988
37 Nick Greiner
(1947–)
State Badge of New South Wales.svg 25 March 1988 24 June 1992 Liberal Party of Australia Ku-ring-gai Greiner I
Greiner II
1988
1991
38 John Fahey
(1945–)
State Badge of New South Wales.svg 24 June 1992 4 April 1995 Liberal Party of Australia Southern Highlands Fahey I
Fahey II
Fahey III
1995
39 Bob Carr
(1947–)
Bob Carr in 2009.jpg 4 April 1995 3 August 2005 Australian Labor Party Maroubra Carr I
Carr II
Carr III
Carr IV
1995
1999
2003
40 Morris Iemma
(1961–)
Morris Iemma cropped.jpg 3 August 2005 5 September 2008 Australian Labor Party Lakemba Iemma I
Iemma II
2007
41 Nathan Rees
(1968–)
Nathan Rees.jpg 5 September 2008 4 December 2009 Australian Labor Party Toongabbie Rees
42 Kristina Keneally
(1968–)
Kristina Keneally.jpg 4 December 2009 28 March 2011 Australian Labor Party Heffron Keneally 2011
43 Barry O'Farrell
(1959– )
Premier Barry O'Farrell - Flickr - Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer.jpg 28 March 2011 17 April 2014 Liberal Party of Australia Ku-ring-gai O'Farrell 2011
44 Mike Baird
(1968–)
Mike Baird.jpg 17 April 2014 Incumbent Liberal Party of Australia Manly Baird

Living Former Premiers[edit]

As of April 2014, nine former Premiers are alive, the oldest being Tom Lewis (1975–76, born 1922). The most recent premier to die was Neville Wran on 20 April 2014 at age 87.

Name Term as premier Date of birth
Tom Lewis 1975–1976 (1922-01-23) 23 January 1922 (age 92)
Barrie Unsworth 1986–1988 (1934-04-16) 16 April 1934 (age 80)
Nick Greiner 1988–1992 (1947-04-27) 27 April 1947 (age 67)
John Fahey 1992–1995 (1945-01-10) 10 January 1945 (age 69)
Bob Carr 1995–2005 (1947-09-28) 28 September 1947 (age 66)
Morris Iemma 2005–2008 (1961-07-21) 21 July 1961 (age 53)
Nathan Rees 2008–2009 (1968-02-12) 12 February 1968 (age 46)
Kristina Keneally 2009–2011 (1968-12-19) 19 December 1968 (age 45)
Barry O'Farrell 2011–2014 (1959-05-24) 24 May 1959 (age 55)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Parkes, Hon. Sir Henry". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource
  2. ^ "Speeches of Sir Henry Parkes, G.G.M.G., M.P., Prime Minister of New South Wales.". Retrieved 24 March 2013. 

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