List of Governors-General of Australia

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The following is a list of the Governors-General of Australia from the establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia as a Federation in 1901 to the present day.

The office of Governor-General was previously used during colonial times in Australia. Sir Charles FitzRoy (Governor of New South Wales from 1846–1855) and Sir William Denison (Governor of New South Wales from 1855–1861) also carried the additional title of Governor-General because their jurisdiction extended to other colonies in Australia.[1]

Governors-General of Australia[edit]

No. Portrait Term of office Period Name Monarch Prime Minister
1 Hopetoun.jpg 1 January 1901

9 January 1903
2 years, 8 days The Right Hon. John Adrian Louis Hope, Marquess of Linlithgow[a], KT GCMG GCVO PC Victoria
Edward VII
Barton
2 Ac.tennyson.jpg 9 January 1903

21 January 1904
1 year, 12 days The Right Hon. Hallam Tennyson, Baron Tennyson, GCMG PC Edward VII Barton
Deakin
3 Ac.northcote.jpg 21 January 1904

9 September 1908
4 years, 232 days The Right Hon. Henry Stafford Northcote, Baron Northcote, GCMG GCIE CB PC Edward VII Deakin
Watson
Reid
4 William Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley.jpg 9 September 1908

31 July 1911
2 years, 325 days The Right Hon. William Humble Ward, Earl of Dudley, GCB GCMG GCVO TD PC Edward VII
George V
Deakin
Fisher
5 Ac.denman.jpg 31 July 1911

18 May 1914
2 years, 291 days The Right Hon. Thomas Denman, Baron Denman, GCMG KCVO PC JP George V Fisher
Cook
6 Ac.munroferguson.jpg 18 May 1914

6 October 1920
6 years, 141 days The Right Hon. Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, GCMG PC DL George V Cook
Fisher
Hughes
7 Henry Forster, 1st Baron Forster circa 1925.jpg 6 October 1920

8 October 1925
5 years, 2 days The Right Hon. Henry William Forster, Baron Forster, GCMG PC DL George V Hughes
Bruce
8 Ac.stonehaven.jpg 8 October 1925

21 January 1931
5 years, 105 days The Right Hon. John Lawrence Baird, Baron Stonehaven, GCMG DSO PC JP DL George V Bruce
Scullin
9 Isaac Isaacs 1936.jpg 21 January 1931

23 January 1936
5 years, 2 days The Right Hon. Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs, GCB GCMG George V
Edward VIII
Scullin
Lyons
10 Lordgowrie.jpg 23 January 1936

30 January 1945
9 years, 7 days The Right Hon. Alexander Gore Arkwright Hore-Ruthven, Baron Gowrie, VC GCMG CB DSO PC Edward VIII[2]
George VI
Lyons
Page
Menzies
Fadden
Curtin
11 Dukeofgloucester.jpg 30 January 1945

11 March 1947
2 years, 40 days HRH The Prince Henry William Frederick Albert, Duke of Gloucester, KG KT KP GCB GCMG GCVO George VI Curtin
Forde
Chifley
12 Williammckell.jpg 11 March 1947

8 May 1953
6 years, 58 days The Right Hon. Sir William John McKell GCMG George VI
Elizabeth II
Chifley
Menzies
13 British Generals 1939-1945 IND3595.jpg 8 May 1953

2 February 1960
6 years, 270 days The Right Hon. Sir William Joseph Slim, KG GCB GCMG GCVO GBE DSO MC Elizabeth II Menzies
14 WilliamMorrisonDunrossil.jpg 2 February 1960

3 February 1961
1 year, 1 day The Right Hon. William Shepherd Morrison, Viscount Dunrossil, GCMG MC QC PC Elizabeth II
15 William Philip Sidney VC.jpg 3 August 1961

7 May 1965
3 years, 277 days The Right Hon. William Philip Sidney, Viscount De L'Isle, VC GCMG GCVO PC Elizabeth II
16 Lord Casey.jpg 7 May 1965

30 April 1969
3 years, 358 days The Right Hon. Richard Gardiner Casey, Baron Casey, KG GCMG CH DSO MC KStJ PC FAA Elizabeth II Menzies
Holt
McEwen
Gorton
17 Paulhasluck.jpg 30 April 1969

11 July 1974
5 years, 72 days The Right Hon. Sir Paul Meernaa Caedwalla Hasluck, GCMG GCVO Elizabeth II Gorton
McMahon
Whitlam
18 John Kerr.JPG 11 July 1974

8 December 1977
3 years, 150 days The Right Hon. Sir John Robert Kerr, AK GCMG GCVO QC Elizabeth II Whitlam
Fraser
19 Zelman Cowen.jpg 8 December 1977

29 July 1982
4 years, 233 days The Right Hon. Sir Zelman Cowen, AK GCMG GCVO QC Elizabeth II Fraser
20 NinianStephen.gif 29 July 1982

16 February 1989
6 years, 202 days The Right Hon. Sir Ninian Martin Stephen, AK GCMG GCVO KBE QC Elizabeth II Fraser
Hawke
21 BillHayden.jpg 16 February 1989

16 February 1996
7 years, 0 days The Hon. William George Hayden, AC Elizabeth II Hawke
Keating
22 William Deane official portrait.jpg 16 February 1996

29 June 2001
5 years, 133 days The Hon. Sir William Patrick Deane, AC KBE QC Elizabeth II Keating
Howard
23 Dr Peter Hollingworth.jpg 29 June 2001

28 May 2003
1 year, 333 days The Right Rev. and Hon. Peter John Hollingworth, AC OBE Elizabeth II Howard
24 Jeffery Michael 030238DI-002.jpg 11 August 2003

5 September 2008
5 years, 25 days The Hon. (Philip) Michael Jeffery, AC CVO MC Elizabeth II Howard
Rudd
25 Quentin Bryce No.1 (cropped).jpg 5 September 2008

28 March 2014
5 years, 204 days The Hon. Dame Quentin Alice Louise Bryce, AD CVO Elizabeth II Rudd
Gillard
Abbott
26 Peter Cosgrove 2017 (1) crop.jpg 28 March 2014

present
3 years, 174 days The Hon. Sir Peter John Cosgrove, AK MC Elizabeth II Abbott
Turnbull

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Titled Earl of Hopetoun before 27 October 1902.
  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040619163640/http://members.ozemail.com.au/~natinfo/colony3-3.htm
  2. ^ George V approved the appointment, but he died three days before Gowrie's swearing-in, and Edward VIII was then reigning.

Further reading[edit]

  • Christopher Cunneen (1983). Kings' Men: Australia's Governors-General from Hopetoun to Isaacs. Allen and Unwin. ISBN 0-86861-238-3. 
  • Bill Hayden (1996). Hayden: An Autobiography. Angus & Robertson. ISBN 0-207-18769-X.  (pp 515, 519, 548)

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