Standard of the Governor of South Australia
Standard of the Governor 1904–1975
Standard of the Governor 1870–1876
Governor of South Australia is the representative in the Australian state of South Australia of Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. The Governor performs the same constitutional and ceremonial functions at the state level as does the Governor-General of Australia at the national level. The Governor's official residence is Government House, in Adelaide, the state's capital.
In accordance with the conventions of the
Westminster system of parliamentary government, the Governor nearly always acts solely on the advice of the head of the elected government, the Premier of South Australia. Nevertheless, the Governor retains the reserve powers of the Crown, and has the right to dismiss the Premier. The Westminster system is a form of constitutional monarchy.
The first Australian-born Governor of South Australia was
Major-General Sir James Harrison (appointed 1968), and most subsequent governors have been Australian-born. The first South Australian-born governor was Sir Mark Oliphant (appointed 1971).
The current governor is
Hieu Van Le. The term of the previous governor, Rear Admiral [1 ] Kevin Scarce, expired on 7 August 2014. [2 ]
As from June 2014, the Queen, upon the recommendation of the Premier, accorded all current, future and living former Governors the title 'The Honourable' for life.
List of Governors of South Australia [ edit ]
The first six
Governors of South Australia oversaw governance from proclamation in 1836 until self-government and an elected Parliament of South Australia was enacted in the year prior to the inaugural 1857 election.
Administrators (acting governors) [ edit ]
These people administered the government in the absence of the official governor.
George Milner Stephen 1838
Boyle Travers Finniss 1854-55
Francis Gilbert Hamley 1868-69
James Harwood Rocke 1870
Richard Davies Hanson, Chief Justice 1872-73
William Wellington Cairns, K.C.M.G 1877
Samuel James Way, Chief Justice, Lt.-Gov. 1877 to 1915 (on 65 separate occasions)
James Penn Boucaut, Judge of Supreme Court 1885, 1886, 1888, 1890, 1891, 1897
William Henry Bundey, Judge of Supreme Court 1888
George John Robert Murray, Chief Justice, Lt.-Gov. 1916–24, 1926–42 (on 103 separate occasions)
Thomas Slaney Poole, Judge of Supreme Court 1925 (on 2 occasions)
Herbert Angas Parsons, Judge of Supreme Court 1935 to 1942 (on 6 separate occasions)
John Mellis Napier, Chief Justice, Lt.-Gov. 1942 to 1973 (on 179 separate occasions)
Herbert Mayo, Judge of Supreme Court 1946 to 1965 (on 25 separate occasions)
Geoffrey Sandford Reed, Judge of Supreme Court 1951 to 1957 (on 5 separate occasions)
John Jefferson Bray, Chief Justice 1968 to 1973 (on 8 separate occasions)
David Stirling Hogarth, Judge of Supreme Court 1971
Walter Russell Crocker, Lt.-Gov. 1973 to 1982 (on 29 separate occasions)
Condor Laucke, Lt.-Gov. 1982 to 1992 (on 43 separate occasions)
Leonard James King, A.C., Chief Justice 1987
Basil Stuart Hetzel, Lt.-Gov. 1992 to 2000 (on 32 separate occasions)
John Jeremy Doyle, Chief Justice 1999- (on 10 separate occasions)
Bruno Krumins, Lt.-Gov. 2000- (on 60 separate occasions)
John William Perry, Judge of Supreme Court 2002
Hieu Van Le, Lt.-Gov. 2014
Living former governors [ edit ]
Three former governors are alive, the oldest being
Sir Eric Neal (1996–2001, born 1924). The latest-serving former governor to die was Dame Roma Mitchell (1991–1996), on 5 March 2000. The most recent death of a former governor was that of Sir Keith Seaman (1977-1982), on 30 June 2013.
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References [ edit ]