List of governors-general of Australia

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The following is a list of the governors-general of Australia from the establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia as a Federation in 1901 to the present day.

The office of Governor-General was previously used during colonial times in Australia. Sir Charles FitzRoy (Governor of New South Wales from 1846–1855) and Sir William Denison (Governor of New South Wales from 1855–1861) also carried the additional title of Governor-General because their jurisdiction extended to other colonies in Australia.[1]

Governors-general of Australia[edit]

# Image Term start Period Name Monarch Prime Minister
1 Hopetoun.jpg 1 January 1901 2 years, 8 days The Right Hon. John Adrian Louis Hope, 7th Earl of Hopetoun, KT GCMG GCVO PC
(from 27 October 1902, The Most Hon. 1st Marquess of Linlithgow)
Edward VII
2 Ac.tennyson.jpg 9 January 1903 1 year, 12 days The Right Hon. Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson, GCMG PC Edward VII Barton
3 Ac.northcote.jpg 21 January 1904 4 years, 232 days The Right Hon. Henry Stafford Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote, GCMG GCIE CB PC Edward VII Deakin
4 Ac.dudley.jpg 9 September 1908 2 years, 325 days The Right Hon. William Humble Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley, GCB GCMG GCVO TD PC Edward VII
George V
5 Ac.denman.jpg 31 July 1911 2 years, 291 days The Right Hon. Thomas Denman, 3rd Baron Denman, GCMG KCVO PC JP George V Fisher
6 Ac.munroferguson.jpg 18 May 1914 6 years, 141 days The Right Hon. Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, GCMG DL
(later 1st Viscount Novar KT GCMG DL)
George V Cook
7 Ac.forster.jpg 6 October 1920 5 years, 2 days The Right Hon. Henry William Forster, 1st Baron Forster, GCMG PC DL George V Hughes
8 Ac.stonehaven.jpg 8 October 1925 5 years, 105 days The Right Hon. John Lawrence Baird, 1st Baron Stonehaven, GCMG DSO PC JP DL
(later 1st Viscount Stonehaven)
George V Bruce
9 Ac.isaacs.jpg 21 January 1931 5 years, 2 days The Right Hon. Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs, GCB GCMG George V
Edward VIII
10 Lordgowrie.jpg 23 January 1936 9 years, 7 days Brigadier General the Right Hon. Alexander Gore Arkwright Hore-Ruthven, 1st Baron Gowrie, VC GCMG CB DSO PC
(later 1st Earl of Gowrie)
Edward VIII[2]
George VI
11 Dukeofgloucester.jpg 30 January 1945 2 years, 40 days HRH The Prince Henry William Frederick Albert, Duke of Gloucester, KG KT KP GCB GCMG GCVO George VI Curtin
12 Williammckell.jpg 11 March 1947 6 years, 58 days The Right Hon. William John McKell; from 13 November 1951 Sir William McKell, GCMG George VI
Elizabeth II
13 FM william Slim.jpg 8 May 1953 6 years, 270 days Field Marshal the Right Hon. Sir William Joseph Slim, KG GCMG GCVO GBE DSO MC
(later 1st Viscount Slim)
Elizabeth II Menzies
14 WilliamMorrisonDunrossil.jpg 2 February 1960 1 year, 1 day The Right Hon. William Shepherd Morrison, 1st Viscount Dunrossil, GCMG MC QC PC Elizabeth II Menzies
15 William Philip Sidney VC.jpg 3 August 1961 3 years, 277 days The Right Hon. William Philip Sidney, 1st Viscount De L'Isle, VC GCMG PC; from 14 March 1963 VC GCMG GCVO PC
Elizabeth II Menzies
16 Lord Casey.jpg 7 May 1965 3 years, 358 days The Right Hon. Richard Gardiner Casey, Baron Casey, KG GCMG CH DSO MC KStJ PC FAA Elizabeth II Menzies
17 Paulhasluck.jpg 30 April 1969 5 years, 72 days The Right Hon. Sir Paul Meernaa Caedwalla Hasluck, GCMG; from 29 May 1970 GCMG GCVO
(later KG GCMG GCVO)
Elizabeth II Gorton
18 John Kerr.JPG 11 July 1974 3 years, 150 days The Right Hon. Sir John Robert Kerr, AC CMG QC; from 1976 AK GCMG QC; from 30 March 1977 AK GCMG GCVO QC Elizabeth II Whitlam
19 Zelman Cowen.jpg 8 December 1977 4 years, 213 days The Right Hon. Sir Zelman Cowen, AK GCMG GCVO QC Elizabeth II Fraser
20 NinianStephen.gif 29 July 1982 6 years, 202 days The Right Hon. Sir Ninian Martin Stephen, AK GCMG GCVO KBE QC
Elizabeth II Fraser
21 Bill Hayden on 29.5.1990.jpg 16 February 1989 7 years, 0 days The Hon. William George Hayden, AC Elizabeth II Hawke
22 William Deane cropped.jpg 16 February 1996 5 years, 133 days The Hon. Sir William Patrick Deane, AC KBE QC Elizabeth II Keating
23 Dr Peter Hollingworth.jpg 29 June 2001 1 year, 333 days The Right Rev. and Hon. Peter John Hollingworth, AC OBE Elizabeth II Howard
24 Jeffery Michael 030238DI-002.jpg 11 August 2003 5 years, 25 days Major General The Hon. (Philip) Michael Jeffery, AC CVO MC Elizabeth II Howard
25 Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce.jpg 5 September 2008 5 years, 204 days The Hon. Quentin Alice Louise Bryce, AC; from 26 October 2011 AC CVO; from 25 March 2014 Dame Quentin Bryce, AD CVO Elizabeth II Rudd
26 Peter Cosgrove 2014.jpg 28 March 2014 Incumbent His Excellency General The Hon. Sir Peter John Cosgrove, AK MC Elizabeth II Abbott

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ George V approved the appointment, but he died three days before Gowrie's swearing-in, and Edward VIII was then reigning.

Further reading[edit]

  • Christopher Cunneen (1983). Kings' Men: Australia's Governors-General from Hopetoun to Isaacs. Allen and Unwin. ISBN 0-86861-238-3. 
  • Bill Hayden (1996). Hayden: An Autobiography. Angus & Robertson. ISBN 0-207-18769-X.  (pp 515, 519, 548)

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