Playford family

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Thomas Playford I

The Playford family has played a significant role in the South Australian and Australian political and social sphere since the early days of European settlement.

  • Thomas Playford Senior, an ex-soldier who fought at the Battle of Waterloo, was a fiery Baptist minister who arrived in Adelaide in 1844 and, disgusted by the wickedness of the inhabitants, founded a new church called, simply, ‘The Christian Church’.[1]
  • Thomas Playford II served as Premier of South Australia from 1887 to 1889 and 1890 to 1892, as well as a Senator in the newly formed Commonwealth of Australia (a name he coined), including a stint as the Federal Minister for Defence.
  • Thomas Playford III was a well-known local farmer and Adelaide identity.
  • Thomas Playford IV was Premier of South Australia from 1938 to 1965; the longest serving elected national or regional leader in the British Empire/ Commonwealth of Nations.[2]
  • Thomas Playford V is a Baptist minister who ran at the 2002 South Australian state election for the seat of Kavel under the banner of "Independent for Integrity in Parliament", polling 19%. He ran as a Family First candidate for the same seat at the 2006 election, polling 15% of the vote.


  1. ^ Glover, Gareth - Ed (2006). A Life Guardsman in Spain, France and At Waterloo, the memoirs of Sergeant Major Thomas Playford 2nd Life Guards 1810-30. Ken Trotman Publishing. ISBN 1-905074-46-8.
  2. ^ Cockburn, Stewart (1991). Playford: Benevolent Despot. Axiom Publishing. ISBN 0-9594164-4-7