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Governor of Western Australia
Viceroy
Provincial/State
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Badge of the Governor
Incumbent:
Ken Michael


Style: His Excellency
Appointed by: Elizabeth II
as Queen of Australia
First viceroy: Captain James Stirling
Formation: 6 February 1832
Term: At Her Majesty's pleasure

The Governor of Western Australia is the representative in Western Australia of Australia's Monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The Governor performs important constitutional, ceremonial and community functions, including:

Furthermore, all Bills passed by the Parliament of Western Australia require the Governor's signature before they become law (i.e. an Act).

The Governor of Western Australia is presently Ken Michael.

The first Australian- (and Western Australian-) born Governor of Western Australia was Sir James Mitchell (appointed 1948). His two successors were British; then came two Australians; but in 1980, another Briton was appointed, Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Trowbridge. His term ended in 1983 and he was the last British governor of any Australian state.

For further information on the office of Governor, see Governors of the Australian states.

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List of Governors of Western Australia

This is a list of Governors and Lieutenant-Governors of Western Australia.

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Lieutenant-Governors of Western Australia

Flag of the Governor of Western Australia

Stirling was in fact only commissioned as Governor of Western Australia from 4 March 1831, rectifying the absence of a legal instrument providing the authority detailed in Stirling's Instructions of 30 December 1828. Stirling had said of his own position:

I believe I am the first Governor who ever formed a settlement without Commission, Laws, Instructions and Salary.[1]

No. Lieutenant-Governor From To
1 Captain Sir James Stirling RN 30 December 1828 5 February 1832

Governors

No. Governor From To
1 Captain Sir James Stirling RN 4 March 1832 2 January 1839
2 John Hutt 3 January 1839 26 January 1846
3 Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Andrew Clarke KCH 27 January 1846 11 February 1847
- Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Irwin (a/g Governor) 12 February 1847 11 August 1848
4 Captain Charles Fitzgerald 12 August 1848 22 July 1855
5 Sir Arthur Kennedy GCMG KCB 23 July 1855 27 February 1862
6 Dr John Hampton 28 February 1862 1 November 1868
7 Sir Benjamin Pine[2] 2 November 1868 29 September 1869
8 The Hon. Sir Frederick Weld GCMG 30 September 1869 10 January 1875
9 Sir William Robinson GCMG 11 January 1875 11 November 1877
10 The Hon. Major-General Sir Harry Ord GCMG CB RE[3] 12 November 1877 9 April 1880
11 Sir William Robinson GCMG 10 Apr 1880 1 June 1883
12 Sir Frederick Broome KCMG 2 June 1883 19 October 1890
13 Sir William Robinson GCMG 20 October 1890 22 December 1895
14 Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Gerard Smith KCMG 23 December 1895 30 April 1901
15 The Rt Hon. Baron Wenlock GCIE KCMG 1 May 1901 23 March 1903
16 Admiral Sir Frederick Bedford KCB 24 March 1903 30 May 1909
17 Sir Gerald Strickland KCMG 31 May 1909 16 March 1913
18 Major General Sir Harry Barron KCMG CVO 17 March 1913 8 April 1917
19 The Rt Hon. Sir William Ellison-Macartney KCMG 9 April 1917 8 April 1920
20 Sir Francis Newdegate GCMG 9 April 1920 27 October 1924
21 Colonel Sir William Campion KCMG DSO TD 28 October 1924 8 June 1931
N/A[4] 1931 1948
22 Sir James Mitchell GCMG 5 October 1948 30 June 1951
23 General Sir Charles Gairdner GBE KCMG KCVO CB 6 November 1951 25 October 1963
24 Major General Sir Douglas Kendrew KCMG CB CBE DSO 25 October 1963 6 January 1974
25 Air Commodore Sir Hughie Edwards VC KCMG CB DSO OBE DFC 7 January 1974 23 November 1975
26 Air Chief Marshal Sir Wallace Hart Kyle GCB KCVO CBE DSO DFC RAF 24 November 1975 24 November 1980
27 Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Trowbridge KCVO 25 November 1980 1 July 1984
28 Professor Gordon Reid AC 2 July 1984 September 1989
29 The Hon. Sir Francis Burt AC KCMG QC 29 March 1990 31 October 1993
30 Major-General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC KStJ November 1993 2000
31 Lieutenant-General John Sanderson AC 18 August 2000 17 January 2006
32 Dr Ken Michael AC 18 January 2006 present
Government House, the residence of the Governor of Western Australia.

Living former governors

As of November 2007, two former governors are alive, the oldest being Michael Jeffery. The most recent governor to die was Sir Francis Burt in 2004.

Name Term as governor Date of birth
Michael Jeffery 1993–2000 12 December 1937
John Sanderson 2000–2005 1940

See also

References

  1. ^ "Commission appointing Stirling Governor and Commander-in-Chief 4 March 1831 (UK)". Documenting a Democracy. National Archives of Australia. http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/item.asp?dID=94. Retrieved 2008-03-05.  - see also Scan of 1st page of parchment original and Bathurst (1831). "Transcription of Commission appointing Stirling Governor and Commander-in-Chief 4 March 1831 (UK)" (pdf (5 pages)). Founding documents: 110 key documents that are the foundation of our nation. National Archives of Australia. http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/resources/transcripts/wa5i_doc_1831.pdf. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  2. ^ Although formally appointed Governor, Pine never actually came to Western Australia to take up his post; the role was filled by an administrator, Lieutenant Colonel John Bruce.
  3. ^ Ord was Lieutenant-Governor from 12 November 1877 to 29 January 1878.
  4. ^ The post of Governor was not filled between 1931 and 1948. Sir John Northmore was administrator until 29 June 1932. He was Lieutenant-Governor until 10 July 1933, and was succeeded as Lieutenant-Governor by Sir James Mitchell until 4 October 1948. Mitchell was appointed Governor from 5 October 1948.

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