Chief Secretary of South Australia

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The Chief Secretary of South Australia (since 1856) or Colonial Secretary of South Australia (1836–1856) was a key role in the governance of the Colony of South Australia (1836–1900) and State of South Australia (from 1901) until it was abolished in 1982. It was the main executive and coordinating authority of government administration. It was the official channel of communication to the Governor of South Australia from government departments and the general public.[1]

The Premier's Department was created in 1965, and over time assumed the functions of the Chief Secretary's Office.

List of Colonial and Chief Secretaries of South Australia[edit]

Colonial Secretaries 1836–1856[2]
Ordinal Colonial Secretary Period
Robert Gouger 1836–1837
Thomas Bewes Strangways 1837–1838
George Milner Stephen 1838–1839
Robert Gouger 1839–1841
George Hall acting July–October 1840
J. Alexander Jackson 1841–1843
Alfred Miller Mundy 1843–1849
Boyle Travers Finniss pro tem May–Oct 1849
Charles Sturt 1849–1851
Boyle Travers Finniss 1852–1856
Oliver K. Richardson acting 21 Dec. 1854–8 June 1855
Chief Secretaries 1856–1989[3]
Boyle Travers Finniss 1856–1857
John Baker 1857
Robert Richard Torrens 1857
William Younghusband 1857–1860
George Marsden Waterhouse 1860–1861
John Morphett 1861
George Marsden Waterhouse 1861–1863
John Hart 1863
Henry Ayers 1863–1865
John Hart 1865–1866
Arthur Blyth 1866–1867
Henry Ayers 1867–1868
John Hart 1868
Henry Ayers 1868
John Tuthill Bagot 1868–1870
Augustine Stow 1870
William Milne 1870–1872
Henry Ayers 1872–1873
Arthur Blyth 1873–1875
William Morgan 1875–1876
George Charles Hawker 1876
Henry Ayers 1876–1877
William Morgan 1877–1881
John Cox Bray 1881–1884
James Garden Ramsay 1884
John Colton 1884–1885
John Brodie Spence 1885
John Cox Bray 1885–1886
John Brodie Spence 1886
David Murray 1886–1887
James Garden Ramsay 1887–1889
John Alexander Cockburn 1889–1890
John Cox Bray 1890–1892
Charles Cameron Kingston 1892
John Alexander Cockburn 1892
John William Downer 1892–1893
William Copley 1893
John Hannah Gordon 1893–1896
James Vincent O’Loghlin 1896–1899
John Lancelot Stirling 1899
John Greeley Jenkins 1899–1905
Joseph Vardon 1905
Andrew Alexander Kirkpatrick 1905–1909
Frederick Samuel Wallis 1909
John George Bice 1909–1910
Frederick Samuel Wallis 1910–1912
John George Bice 1912–1915
Alfred William Styles 1915–1917
Archibald Peake 1917–1919
John George Bice 1919–1923
Thomas Pascoe 1923–1924
James Jelley 1924–1927
Henry Tassie 1927–1930
James Jelley 1930
Stanley Whitford 1930–1933
George Ritchie 1933–1939
Lyell McEwin 1939–1965
Bert Shard 1965–1968
Ren DeGaris 1968–1970
Bert Shard 1970–1973
Alfred Kneebone 1973–1975
Don Banfield 1975–1977
Don Simmons 1977–1979
Allan Rodda 1979–1982
John Olsen 1982
Gavin Keneally 1982–1984
Jack Wright 1984–1985
Don Hopgood 1985–1989
Bob Gregory 1989

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chief Secretary's Office". State Records of South Australia, Government of South Australia. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Legislative Council (Tables C, D)", Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836-2007 (PDF), p. 14, retrieved 7 February 2016
  3. ^ "Ministerial Offices 1856-2007 (Table T)", Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836-2007 (PDF), p. 173, retrieved 7 February 2016

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