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Premier of South Australia
Ministry
Provincial/State

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Incumbent:
Mike Rann


Style: The Honourable
Appointed by: Marjorie Jackson
as Governor of South Australia
First : Boyle Finniss
Formation: 24 October 1856
Term At the Lieutenant Governor's pleasure

Before the 1890s, there was no formal party system in South Australia. The liberals dominated government from 1893 to 1905 with Labor support, with the conservatives mostly in opposition. Labor took government when they gained more seats than the liberals in 1905, which saw non-Labor politics begin to merge in to various party incarnations. The conservatives merged with the Liberal and Democratic Union (formed in 1906) to become the Liberal Union in 1910, when Labor formed South Australia's first majority government. No "Country" or rural conservative parties emerged as serious forces, often folding in to the non-Labor party.

Contents

List of Premiers in South Australia

The first six Governors of South Australia oversaw governance from proclamation in 1836 until responsible government was introduced in 1856.

No. Name Party Assumed office Left office Period
1 Boyle Finniss 24 October 1856 21 August 1857 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000301.000000301 days BoyleFinniss.jpg
2 John Baker 21 August 1857 1 September 1857 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000011.00000011 days John Baker SA.jpg
3 Robert Torrens 1 September 1857 30 September 1857 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000029.00000029 days Robert Richard Torrens.jpg
4 Richard Hanson 30 September 1857 9 May 1860 &0000000000000002.0000002 years, &0000000000000222.000000222 days Richard Hanson (Australia).jpg
5 Thomas Reynolds 9 May 1860 8 October 1861 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000152.000000152 days Thomas Reynolds (Australian politician).jpg
6 George Waterhouse 8 October 1861 4 July 1863 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000269.000000269 days George Marsden Waterhouse.jpg
7 Francis Dutton 4 July 1863 15 July 1863 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000011.00000011 days Francis Dutton.jpg
8 Henry Ayers 15 July 1863 4 August 1864 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000020.00000020 days Henry Ayers.jpg
9 Arthur Blyth 4 August 1864 22 March 1865 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000230.000000230 days ArthurBlyth.jpg
- Francis Dutton
(2nd time)
22 March 1865 20 September 1865 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000182.000000182 days
Total - 193 days
- Henry Ayers
(2nd time)
20 September 1865 23 October 1865 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000033.00000033 days
Total - 1 year, 53 days
10 John Hart 23 October 1865 28 March 1866 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000156.000000156 days John Hart (Australian politician).jpg
11 James Boucaut 28 March 1866 3 May 1867 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000036.00000036 days Boucat.jpg
- Henry Ayers
(3rd time)
3 May 1867 24 September 1868 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000144.000000144 days
Total - 2 years, 197 days
- John Hart
(2nd time)
24 September 1868 13 October 1868 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000019.00000019 days
Total - 175 days
- Henry Ayers
(4th time)
13 October 1868 3 November 1868 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000021.00000021 days
Total - 2 years, 218 days
12 Henry Strangways 3 November 1868 30 May 1870 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000208.000000208 days Henry Strangways.jpg
- John Hart
(3rd time)
30 May 1870 10 November 1871 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000164.000000164 days
Total - 1 year, 339 days
- Arthur Blyth
(2nd time)
10 November 1871 22 January 1872 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000073.00000073 days
Total - 303 days
- Henry Ayers
(5th time)
22 January 1872 22 July 1873 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000181.000000181 days
Total - 4 years, 34 days
- Arthur Blyth
(3rd time)
22 July 1873 3 June 1875 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000316.000000316 days
Total - 2 years, 254 days
- James Boucaut
(2nd time)
3 June 1875 6 June 1876 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000003.0000003 days
Total - 2 years, 39 days
13 John Colton 6 June 1876 26 October 1877 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000142.000000142 days John colton.jpg
- James Boucaut
(3rd time)
26 October 1877 27 September 1878 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000336.000000336 days
Total - 3 years, 10 days
14 William Morgan 27 September 1878 24 June 1881 &0000000000000002.0000002 years, &0000000000000270.000000270 days William Morgan (Australian politician).jpg
15 John Cox Bray 24 June 1881 16 June 1884 &0000000000000002.0000002 years, &0000000000000358.000000358 days John Cox Bray.jpg
- John Colton
(2nd time)
16 June 1884 16 June 1885 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 days
Total - 2 years, 142 days
16 John Downer 16 June 1885 11 June 1887 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000360.000000360 days John Downer (Australian politician).jpg
17 Thomas Playford II 11 June 1887 27 June 1889 &0000000000000002.0000002 years, &0000000000000016.00000016 days Thomas playford II.jpg
18 John Cockburn 27 June 1889 19 August 1890 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000053.00000053 days John Cockburn (Australian politician).jpg
- Thomas Playford II
(2nd time)
19 August 1890 21 June 1892 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000307.000000307 days
Total - 3 years, 323 days
19 Frederick Holder 21 June 1892 15 October 1892 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000116.000000116 days Frederick Holder1.jpg
- John Downer
(2nd time)
conservatism[1] 15 October 1892 16 June 1893 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000244.000000244 days
Total - 2 year, 239 days
20 Charles Kingston liberalism 16 June 1893 1 December 1899 &0000000000000006.0000006 years, &0000000000000168.000000168 days Charles Kingston.jpg
21 Vaiben Solomon conservatism 1 December 1899 8 December 1899 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000007.0000007 days Vaiben Solomon1.jpg
- Frederick Holder
(2nd time)
liberalism 8 December 1899 15 May 1901 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000158.000000158 days
Total - 1 year, 274 days
22 John Jenkins liberalism 15 May 1901 1 March 1905 &0000000000000003.0000003 years, &0000000000000290.000000290 days JohnJenkins.jpg
23 Richard Butler conservatism 1 March 1905 26 July 1905 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000147.000000147 days Sir Richard Butler (Australia).jpg
24 Thomas Price Australian Labor Party (Labor) 26 July 1905 5 June 1909 &0000000000000003.0000003 years, &0000000000000314.000000314 days Thomas Price (Australian politician).jpg
25 Archibald Peake Liberal and Democratic Union 5 June 1909 3 June 1910 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000363.000000363 days Archibald Peake.jpg
26 John Verran Labor 3 June 1910 17 February 1912 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000259.000000259 days JohnVerran.jpg
- Archibald Peake
(2nd time)
Liberal Union 17 February 1912 3 April 1915 &0000000000000003.0000003 years, &0000000000000045.00000045 days
Total - 4 years, 43 days
27 Crawford Vaughan Labor 3 April 1915 14 July 1917 &0000000000000002.0000002 years, &0000000000000102.000000102 days CrawfordVaughan.jpg
- Archibald Peake
(3rd time)
Liberal Union 14 July 1917 8 April 1920 &0000000000000002.0000002 years, &0000000000000269.000000269 days
Total - 6 years, 312 days
28 Henry Barwell Liberal Union/
Liberal Federation
8 April 1920 16 April 1924 &0000000000000004.0000004 years, &0000000000000008.0000008 days Henry Barwell.jpg
29 John Gunn Labor 16 April 1924 28 August 1926 &0000000000000002.0000002 years, &0000000000000134.000000134 days JohnGunn.jpg
30 Lionel Hill Labor 28 August 1926 8 April 1927 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000223.000000223 days Lionel Hill1.JPG
31 Richard L. Butler Liberal Federation 8 April 1927 17 April 1930 &0000000000000003.0000003 years, &0000000000000009.0000009 days Richard Layton Butler.jpg
- Lionel Hill
(2nd time)
Labor 17 April 1930 13 February 1933 &0000000000000002.0000002 years, &0000000000000302.000000302 days
Total - 3 years, 160 days
32 Robert Richards Labor 13 February 1933 18 April 1933 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000064.00000064 days Robert Richards (Australia).gif
- Richard L. Butler
(2nd time)
Liberal and Country League (LCL) 18 April 1933 5 November 1938 &0000000000000005.0000005 years, &0000000000000201.000000201 days
Total - 8 years, 210 days
33 Thomas Playford IV LCL 5 November 1938 10 March 1965 &0000000000000026.00000026 years, &0000000000000125.000000125 days Playford portrait 38.jpg Playford 1956.jpg
34 Frank Walsh Labor 10 March 1965 1 June 1967 &0000000000000002.0000002 years, &0000000000000083.00000083 days
35 Don Dunstan Labor 1 June 1967 17 April 1968 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000321.000000321 days YoungDunstan.JPG
36 Steele Hall LCL 17 April 1968 2 June 1970 &0000000000000002.0000002 years, &0000000000000046.00000046 days
- Don Dunstan
(2nd time)
Labor 2 June 1970 15 February 1979 &0000000000000008.0000008 years, &0000000000000258.000000258 days
Total - 9 years, 214 days
37 Des Corcoran Labor 15 February 1979 18 September 1979 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000215.000000215 days
38 David Tonkin Liberal Party of Australia (Liberal) 18 September 1979 10 November 1982 &0000000000000003.0000003 years, &0000000000000053.00000053 days
39 John Bannon Labor 10 November 1982 4 September 1992 &0000000000000009.0000009 years, &0000000000000299.000000299 days John Bannon.jpg
40 Lynn Arnold Labor 4 September 1992 14 December 1993 &0000000000000001.0000001 year, &0000000000000101.000000101 days
41 Dean Brown Liberal 14 December 1993 28 November 1996 &0000000000000002.0000002 years, &0000000000000350.000000350 days
42 John Olsen Liberal 28 November 1996 22 October 2001 &0000000000000004.0000004 years, &0000000000000328.000000328 days
43 Rob Kerin Liberal 22 October 2001 5 April 2002 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 years, &0000000000000165.000000165 days
44 Mike Rann Labor 5 April 2002 Incumbent &0000000000000007.0000007 years, &0000000000000338.000000338 days[2] Mike Rann.jpg

Graphical timeline since 1892

In the following timeline, the legend includes the Liberal and Democratic Union and later the Liberal Union with the Liberal Federation. The grey area represents duration of Playmander electoral malapportionment.


Former South Australian premiers (from left) Robert Richards, Richard L. Butler, Lionel Hill and Henry Barwell meet with then Premier Tom Playford in 1940

Living former premiers

As of November 2007, six former premiers are alive, the oldest being Steele Hall (1968–70, born 1928). The most recent premier to die was Des Corcoran (1979), on 3 January 2004. The most recently-serving premier to die was Dr David Tonkin (1979–1982), on 2 October 2000.

Name Term as premier Date of birth
Steele Hall 1968–1970 28 November 1928 (1928-11-28) (age 81)
John Bannon 1982–1992 7 May 1943 (1943-05-07) (age 66)
Lynn Arnold 1992–1993 27 January 1949 (1949-01-27) (age 61)
Dean Brown 1993–1996 1943 (age 66–67)
John Olsen 1996–2001 7 June 1945 (1945-06-07) (age 64)
Rob Kerin 2001–2002 1954 (age 55–56)

References

  1. ^ 1893 SA election - Playford replaced Cockburn as premier of a ministerialist minority government on 19 August 1890, and Holder replaced Playford as premier of a ministerialist minority government on 21 June 1892. The Downer Conservative minority government replaced the Holder ministerialist minority government on 15 October 1892. The Kingston Liberal minority government formed following the 1893 election, but non not take office until 16 June 1893 after the Assembly met for the first time.
  2. ^ As at 9 March 2010

See also

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