List of administrative heads of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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List of administrative heads of Cocos (Keeling) Islands is article on the list of executives.

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office, irrespective of continuation of status of that office)

Term Incumbent Notes
23 November 1955 Cocos (Keeling) Islands Territory of The Commonwealth of Australia
23 November 1955 to 13 November 1957 H. J. Hull, Official Representative
14 December 1957 to 13 March 1958 C. H. Cox, acting Official Representative
8 November 1958 to 27 July 1960 John William Stokes, Official Representative
27 July 1960 to 17 April 1966 Charles Ivens Buffett, Official Representative
18 April 1966 to 19 June 1966 P. L. Ryan, Official Representative
20 June 1966 to 25 June 1969 Peter C. Burbrook, Official Representative
26 June 1969 to 28 July 1972 C. W. Suthern, Official Representative
29 July 1972 to 16 July 1975 C. McManus, Official Representative
23 July 1975 to 15 November 1977 Robert James Linford, Administrator
16 November 1977 to 25 July 1979 Charles Ivens Buffett, Administrator
25 July 1979 Autonomy granted
25 July 1979 to 31 December 1981 Charles Ivens Buffett, Administrator (contd.)
21 April 1982 to 22 November 1983 Eric Herbert Hanfield, Administrator
14 December 1983 to 6 April 1984 Kenneth Chan, Administrator
6 April 1984 Integrated with Australia in an act of self-determination (see 1984 status referendum)
6 April 1984 to 19 November 1985 Kenneth Chan, Administrator (contd.)
20 November 1985 to December 1987 Carolyn Stuart, Administrator
January 1988 to 30 June 1988 W. N. Syrette, acting Administrator
1 July 1988 to 7 November 1988 M. Jopling, acting Administrator
8 November 1988 to 27 November 1990 Dawn Lawrie, Administrator
1 December 1990 to 4 December 1992 Barry T. Cunningham, Administrator
5 December 1992 to 4 December 1994 John Bell Read, Administrator
4 December 1994 to 31 January 1995 Danny Ambrose Gillespie, acting Administrator
1 February 1995 to 30 January 1996 Martin Mowbray, Administrator
1 February 1996 to 1 July 1996 Jarl Andersson, acting Administrator
1 July 1996 Part of Australian Indian Ocean Territories
1 July 1996 to 12 April 1997 Jarl Andersson, acting Administrator (contd.)
12 April 1997 to 30 September 1997 Maureen Ellis, acting Administrator
1 October 1997 to 30 October 1998 Ronald George Harvey, acting Administrator
1 November 1998 to present the administrators of Christmas Island

Note: The Administrator of Cocos (Keeling) Islands is also Administrator of Australian Indian Ocean Territories since 1 July 1996, and Administrator of the Christmas Island since 1 November 1998.

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