Premiers Of South Australia Terms In Duration

Premiers Of South Australia Terms In Duration

South Australia Premiers Multiple Terms Since 1856

Victor P Taffa

First 6 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.

First 6 Governors Of South Australia

First 6 Governors of South Australia were as follows:

Governor                                                                   Term Served

Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell KCMG CB             8 June 1855-4 March 1862

Sir Henry Fox Young KCMG                                        2 Aug. 1848-20 Dec. 1854

Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Holt Robe                 25 Oct. 1845-2 Aug. 1848

Sir George Grey KCB                                                      15 May 1841-25 Oct. 1845

Lieutenant-Colonel George Gawler KH                     17 Oct. 1838-15 May 1841

Rear Admiral Sir John Hindmarsh KH                       28 Dec. 1836-16 July 1838

South Australia and 5 other colonies agreed to form a Federation of States as the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January 1901.

  • State Government 1901-Present
  • Colonial Government 1856-1901

People who have held the office of Premier of South Australia since Self Government in 1856 is as follows:

Premier                                   Party                                        Term Of Office                  Total Time In Office

Thomas Playford (IV)             Liberal & Country League      5 Nov. 1938-10 March 1965               (26 Years 125 Days)

John Bannon                           Labor                                       10 Nov. 1982-4 Sept. 1992                 (9 Years 299 Days)

Mike Rann                              Labor                                       5 March 2002-21 Oct. 2011                (9 Years 230 Days)

Don Dunstan Total Time In Office 9 Years 214 Days

Don Dunstan                           Labor                                       2 June 1970-15 Feb. 1979                   (8 Years 258 Days)

Don Dunstan                           Labor                                       1 June 1967-17 April 1968                 (321 Days)

Sir Richard L. Butler Total Time In Office 8 Years 210 Days

Richard L. Butler                    Liberal & Country League      18 April 1933-5 Nov. 1938                 (5 Years 201 Days)

Richard L. Butler                    Liberal Federation                   8 April 1927-17 April 1930                (3 Years 9 Days)

Archibald Peake Total Time In Office 6 Years 312 Days

Archibald Peake                      Liberal Union                          14 July 1917-8 April 1920                  (2 Years 269 Days)

Archibald Peake                      Liberal Union                          17 Feb. 1912-3 April 1915                  (3 Years 45 Days)

Archibald Peake                      Liberal & Democratic Union  5 June 1909-3 June 1910                    (363 Days)

Charles Kingston                    Liberalism                               16 June 1893-1 Dec.1899                   (6 Years 168 Days)

John Olsen                              Liberal                                     28 Nov. 1996-22 Oct. 2001                (4 Years 328 Days)

Henry Ayers Total Time In Office 4 Years 34 Days

Henry Ayers                            Independent                            22 Jan. 1872-22 July 1873                  (1 Year 151 Days)

Henry Ayers                            Independent                            13 Oct. 1868-3 Nov. 1868                  (21 Days)

Henry Ayers                            Independent                            3 May 1867-24 Sept. 1868                 (1 Year 144 Days)

Henry Ayers                            Independent                            20 Sept. 1865-23 Oct. 1865                (33 Days)

Henry Ayers                            Independent                            15 July 1863-4 Aug. 1864                  (1 Year 20 Days)

Sir Henry Barwell Total Time In Office 4 Years 8 Days

Henry Barwell                         Liberal Federation                   16 Oct. 1923-16 April 1924                (183 Days)

Henry Barwell                         Liberal Union                          8 April 1920-16 Oct. 1923                  (3 Years 191 Days)

Thomas Playford (II) Total Time In Office 3 Years 323 Days

Thomas Playford (II)              Independent                            19 Aug. 1890-21 June 1892                (1 Year 307 Days)

Thomas Playford (II)              Independent                            11 June 1887-27 June 1889                (2 Years 16 Days)

Thomas Price                           United Labor                          26 July 1905-5 June 1909                   (3 Years 314 Days)

John Jenkins                            Liberalism                               15 May 1901-1 March 1905               (3 Years 290 Days)

Lionel Hill Total Time In Office 3 Years 160 Days

Lionel Hill                               Labor                                       17 April 1930-13 Feb. 1933                (2 Years 302 Days)

Lionel Hill                               Labor                                       28 Aug. 1926-8 April 1927                 (223 Days)

David Tonkin                          Liberal                                     18 Sept. 1979-10 Nov. 1982               (3 Years 53 Days)

Sir James Boucaut Total Time In Office 3 Years 10 Days

James Boucaut                        Independent                            26 Oct. 1877-27 Sept. 1878                (336 Days)

James Boucaut                        Independent                            3 June 1875-6 June 1876                    (1 Year 3 Days)

James Boucaut                        Independent                            28 March 1866-3 May 1867               (1 Year 36 Days)

Sir John Bray                          Independent                            24 June 1881-16 June 1884                (2 Years 358 Days)

Dean Brown                            Liberal                                     14 Dec. 1993-28 Nov. 1996               (2 Years 350 Days)

Sir William Morgan                 Independent                            27 Sept. 1878-24 June 1881 (             2 Years 270 Days)

Sir Arthur Blyth Total Time In Office 2 Years 254 Days

Arthur Blyth                           Independent                            22 July 1873-3 June 1875                   (1 Year 316 Days)

Arthur Blyth                           Independent                            10 Nov. 1871-22 Jan. 1872                 (73 Days)

Arthur Blyth                           Independent                            4 Aug. 1864-22 March 1865               (230 Days)

Sir John Downer Total Time In Office2 Years 239 Days

John Downer                           Conservatism                          15 Oct. 1892-16 June 1893                 (244 Days)

John Downer                           Independent                            16 June 1885-11 June 1887                (1 Year 360 Days)

Sir Richard Hanson                 Independent                            30 Sept. 1857-9 May 1860                 (2 Years 222 days)

Sir John Colton Total Time In Office 2 Years 142 Days

John Colton                             Independent                            16 June 1884-16 June 1885                (1 Year 0 Days)

John Colton                             Independent                            6 June 1876-26 Oct. 1877                   (1 Year 142 Days)

John Gunn                               Labor                                       16 April 1924-28 Aug. 1926               (2 Years 134 Days)

Crawford Vaughan                 United Labor                          3 April 1915-14 July 1917                  (2 Years 102 Days)

Frank Walsh                            Labor                                       10 March 1965-1 June 1967               (2 Years 83 Days)

Steele Hall                               Liberal & Country League      17 April 1968-2 June 1970                 (2 Years 46 Days)

John Hart Total Time In Office 1 Year 339 Days

John Hart                                Independent                            30 May 1870-10 Nov. 1871                (1 Year 164 Days)

John Hart                                Independent                            24 Sept. 1868-13 Oct. 1868                (19 Days)

John Hart                                Independent                            23 Oct. 1865-28 March 1866              (156 Days)

Sir Frederick Holder Total Time In Office 1 Year 274 Days

Frederick Holder                     Liberalism                               8 Dec. 1899-15 May 1901                  (1 Year 158 Days)

Frederick Holder                     Liberalism                               21 June 1892-15 Oct. 1892                 (116 Days)

George Waterhouse                Independent                            8 Oct. 1861-4 July 1863                     (1 Year 269 Days)

John Verran                             United Labor                          3 June 1910-17 Feb. 1912                   (1 Year 259 Days)

Henry Strangways                  Independent                            3 Nov. 1868-30 May 1870                  (1 Year 208 Days)

Thomas Reynolds                   Independent                            9 May 1860-8 Oct. 1861                     (1 Year 152 Days)

Lynn Arnold                           Labor                                       4 Sept. 1992-14 Dec. 1993                 (1 Year 101 Days)

Sir John Cockburn                  Liberalism                               27 June 1889-19 Aug. 1890                (1 Year 53 Days)

Boyle Finniss                          Independent                            24 Oct. 1856-21 Aug. 1857                (301 Days)

Des Corcoran                          Labor                                       15 Feb. 1979-18 Sept. 1979                (215 Days)

Francis Dutton Total Time In Office 193 Days

Francis Dutton                       Independent                            22 March 1865-20 Sept. 1865            (182 Days)

Francis Dutton                       Independent                            4 July 1863-15 July 1863                    (11 Days)

Rob Kerin                               Liberal                                     22 Oct. 2001-5 March 2002                (165 Days)

Sir Richard Butler                   Conservatism                          1 March 1905-26 July 1905                (147 Days)

Robert Richards                      Labor                                       13 Feb. 1933-18 April 1933                (64 Days)

Sir Robert Torrens                   Independent                            1 Sept. 1857-30 Sept. 1857                (29 Days)

John Baker                              Independent                            21 Aug. 1857-1 Sept. 1857                 (11 Days)

Vaiben Solomon*                   Conservatism                          1 Dec.1899-8 Dec. 1899                     (7 Days)

Jay Weatherill                         Labor                                       21 Oct. 2011-Present

All Incumbent State Premiers are listed at the bottom so that time served of the presently serving State Premier does not provide an incorrect listing of all dates served for each State Premier. This list will be updated when a new State Premier has been elected.

*Vaiben Solomon

Member for Northern Territory served in the Parliament of South Australia from 1890-1908.

 

Premiers Who Have Held More Than 1 Term Of Office:

Premier                                  Party                           Term Of Office                    Total Time In Office

Don Dunstan Total Time In Office 9 Years 214 Days

Don Dunstan                           Labor                                       2 June 1970-15 Feb. 1979                   (8 Years 258 Days)

Don Dunstan                           Labor                                       1 June 1967-17 April 1968                 (321 Days)

Sir Richard L. Butler Total Time In Office 8 Years 210 Days

Richard L. Butler                    Liberal & Country League      18 April 1933-5 Nov. 1938                 (5 Years 201 Days)

Richard L. Butler                    Liberal Federation                   8 April 1927-17 April 1930                (3 Years 9 Days)

Lionel Hill Total Time In Office 3 Years 160 Days

Lionel Hill                               Labor                                       17 April 1930-13 Feb. 1933                (2 Years 302 Days)

Lionel Hill                               Labor                                       28 Aug. 1926-8 April 1927                 (223 Days)

Sir Henry Barwell Total Time In Office 4 Years 8 Days

Henry Barwell                         Liberal Federation                   16 Oct. 1923-16 April 1924                (183 Days)

Henry Barwell                         Liberal Union                          8 April 1920-16 Oct. 1923                  (3 Years 191 Days)

Archibald Peake Total Time In Office 6 Years 312 Days

Archibald Peake                      Liberal Union                          14 July 1917-8 April 1920                  (2 Years 269 Days)

Archibald Peake                      Liberal Union                          17 Feb. 1912-3 April 1915                  (3 Years 45 Days)

Archibald Peake                      Liberal & Democratic Union  5 June 1909-3 June 1910                    (363 Days)

Sir Frederick Holder Total Time In Office 1 Year 274 Days

Frederick Holder                     Liberalism                               8 Dec. 1899-15 May 1901                  (1 Year 158 Days)

Frederick Holder                     Liberalism                               21 June 1892-15 Oct. 1892                 (116 Days)

Sir John Downer Total Time In Office2 Years 239 Days

John Downer                           Conservatism                          15 Oct. 1892-16 June 1893                 (244 Days)

John Downer                           Independent                            16 June 1885-11 June 1887                (1 Year 360 Days)

Thomas Playford (II) Total Time In Office 3 Years 323 Days

Thomas Playford (II)              Independent                            19 Aug. 1890-21 June 1892                (1 Year 307 Days)

Thomas Playford (II)              Independent                            11 June 1887-27 June 1889                (2 Years 16 Days)

Sir John Colton Total Time In Office 2 Years 142 Days

John Colton                             Independent                            16 June 1884-16 June 1885                (1 Year 0 Days)

John Colton                             Independent                            6 June 1876-26 Oct. 1877                   (1 Year 142 Days)

Sir James Boucaut Total Time In Office 3 Years 10 Days

James Boucaut                        Independent                            26 Oct. 1877-27 Sept. 1878                (336 Days)

James Boucaut                        Independent                            3 June 1875-6 June 1876                    (1 Year 3 Days)

James Boucaut                        Independent                            28 March 1866-3 May 1867               (1 Year 36 Days)

Sir Arthur Blyth Total Time In Office 2 Years 254 Days

Arthur Blyth                           Independent                            22 July 1873-3 June 1875                   (1 Year 316 Days)

Arthur Blyth                           Independent                            10 Nov. 1871-22 Jan. 1872                 (73 Days)

Arthur Blyth                           Independent                            4 Aug. 1864-22 March 1865               (230 Days)

John Hart Total Time In Office 1 Year 339 Days

John Hart                                Independent                            30 May 1870-10 Nov. 1871                (1 Year 164 Days)

John Hart                                Independent                            24 Sept. 1868-13 Oct. 1868                (19 Days)

John Hart                                Independent                            23 Oct. 1865-28 March 1866              (156 Days)

Henry Ayers Total Time In Office 4 Years 34 Days

Henry Ayers                            Independent                            22 Jan. 1872-22 July 1873                  (1 Year 151 Days)

Henry Ayers                            Independent                            13 Oct. 1868-3 Nov. 1868                  (21 Days)

Henry Ayers                            Independent                            3 May 1867-24 Sept. 1868                 (1 Year 144 Days)

Henry Ayers                            Independent                            20 Sept. 1865-23 Oct. 1865                (33 Days)

Henry Ayers                            Independent                            15 July 1863-4 Aug. 1864                  (1 Year 20 Days)

Francis Dutton Total Time In Office 193 Days

Francis Dutton                                    Independent                            22 March 1865-20 Sept. 1865            (182 Days)

Francis Dutton                                    Independent                            4 July 1863-15 July 1863                    (11 Days)

 

Electoral District Of Northern Territory

Electoral District of Northern Territory was an electoral district of the South Australian House of Assembly from 1890 to 1911. The electorate encompassed all of what is the Northern Territory when the Territory was included as part of South Australia for political purposes.

Northern Territory District returned 2 members at each election and supported independent members for much of its existence.

Most prominent member for the electorate was Vaiben Louis Solomon, the twenty-first Premier of South Australia.

 

Member                                  Party                                       Term

J.A.V. Brown                          Liberal Union                          1910-1911

J.A.V. Brown                          Farmers & Producers              1910-1910

S.J. Mitchell                            Liberal & Democratic             1906-1910

S.J. Mitchell                                                                               1901-1906

Vaiben Louis Solomon                                                           1890-1901

 

Member                                  Party                                       Term

Thomas Crush                         Labor                                       1908-1911

Vaiben Louis Solomon           National League                      1906-1908

Vaiben Louis Solomon                                                             1905-1905

C.E. Herbert                            National League                      1900-1905

Walter Griffiths                                                                         1893-1900

J. L. Parsons                                                                              1890-1893

 

Thomas Playford Family

  • Thomas Playford (I) Father of Thomas Playford (II)
  • Thomas Playford (II) Premier from 1887-89 and 1890-92
  • Thomas Playford (III) Son of Thomas Playford (II)
  • Thomas Playford (IV) Premier from 5 Nov. 1938-10 March 1965
  • Thomas Playford (V)  Son of Thomas Playford (IV)

Thomas Playford (IV) Facts

  • Thomas Playford (IV) was the Grandson of Thomas Playford (II)
  • Thomas Playford (IV) was Premier for the longest term of any elected government leader in the history of Australia, or anywhere under the Westminster system.
  • Thomas Playford (IV) supported Coal Fired Power and the provision of cheap electricity to consumers.