Henry Strangways

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Henry Strangways

Henry Bull Templar Strangways (1832 – 10 February 1920) was an Australian politician and Premier of South Australia.

Strangways was the eldest son of Henry Bull Strangways of Shapwick, Somerset, England. As a boy, he visited South Australia, where his uncle Thomas Bewes Strangways was a pioneer. Returning to England he entered the Middle Temple in November 1851 and was called to the bar in June 1856. He went to Adelaide early in the following year, was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly for Encounter Bay in January 1858, and became Attorney-General in the First Reynolds Ministry from May 1860 to May 1861. The ministry was then reconstructed and Strangways became Commissioner of Crown Lands and Immigration until October 1861. He held the same position in the Waterhouse ministry from October 1861 to July 1863, in the Dutton ministry from March to September 1865, and in the third Ayers ministry from September to October 1865. Strangways represented West Torrens from 17 November 1862 to 28 July 1871.[1]

On 3 November 1868 he became Premier and Attorney-General in a ministry that was reconstructed after an election on 12 May 1870, but was defeated 18 days later. In February 1871 he travelled to England on private business; while there he resigned his seat in the South Australian Parliament and settled instead on the family estate in Somerset where he lived the life of a country gentleman until his death on 10 February 1920. He retained his interest in South Australia all his life, but does not appear to have revisited it. In January 1861[2] he married Maria Cordelia, daughter of H. R. Wigley, and was survived by a daughter.


  1. ^ "Henry Bull Templar Strangways". Former Member of Parliament Details. Parliament of South Australia. 
  2. ^ "Family Notices.". The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 11 January 1861. p. 2. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Ayers
Premier of South Australia
3 November 1868 - 30 May 1870
Succeeded by
John Hart
Preceded by
Richard Hanson
Attorney-General of South Australia
9 May 1860 - 20 May 1861
Succeeded by
Randolph Stow