State Governors of South Australia


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Governors of South Australia 1836 to 2017.

01 Sep 2014 to Current Date – His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC – Born 1954, in Vietnam.


08 Aug 2007 to 01 Sep 2014 – Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR – Born 1952, in Adelaide, South Australia
03 Nov 2001 to 08 Aug 2007 – The Honourable Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
22 Jul 1996 to 03 Nov 2001 – The Honourable Sir Eric James Neal AC CVO
06 Feb 1991 to 21 Jul 1996 – The Honourable Dame Roma Flinders Mitchell AC DBE CVO
23 Apr 1982 to 05 Feb 1991 – Lieutenant General Sir Donald Beaumont Dunstan AC KBE CB
01 Sep 1977 to 28 Mar 1982 – Sir Keith Douglas Seaman KCVO OBE
01 Dec 1976 to 30 Apr 1977 – Sir Douglas Ralph Nicholls KCVO OBE
01 Dec 1971 to 30 Nov 1976 – Sir Marcus ‘Mark’ Laurence Elwin Oliphant AC KBE
04 Dec 1968 to 16 Sep 1971 – Major General Sir James William Harrison KCMG CB CBE
04 Apr 1961 to 01 Jun 1968 – Lieutenant General Sir Edric Montague Bastyan KCMG KCVO KBE CB
23 Feb 1953 to 07 Mar 1960 – Air Vice Marshal Sir Robert Allingham George KCMG KCVO KBE CB MC
19 Dec 1944 to 19 Jun 1952 – Lieutenant General Sir Charles Willoughby Norrie KCMG CB DSO MC
12 Aug 1939 to 26 Apr 1944 – Sir Charles Malcolm Barclay-Harvey KCMG
28 Jul 1934 to 23 Feb 1939 – Major General Sir Winston Joseph Dugan KCMG CB DSO
14 May 2028 to 26 Apr 1934 – Brigadier General The Honourable Sir Alexander Gore Arkwright Hore-Ruthven VC KCMG CB DSO
04 Dec 2022 to 04 Dec 2027 – Lieutenant General Sir George Tom Molesworth Bridges KCB KCMG DSO
09 Jun 2020 to 30 May 2022 – Lieutenant Colonel Sir William Earnest George Archibald Weigall KCMG
18 Apr 2014 to 30 Apr 2020 – Lieutenant Colonel Sir Henry Lionel Galway KCMG DSO
18 Feb 2009 to 22 Mar 2014 – Admiral Sir Day Hort Bosanquet GCVO KCB
01 Jul 2003 to 18 Feb 2009 – Sir George Ruthven Le Hunte KCMG
10 Apr 1899 to 17 Jul 2002 – Right Honourable Hallam Lord Tennyson KCMG
29 Oct 1895 to 29 Mar 1899 – Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton Bt GCMG
11 Apr 1889 to 10 Apr 1895 – Right Honourable the Earl of Kintore PC GCMG
19 Feb 1883 to 05 Mar 1889 – Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson GCMG
02 Oct 1877 to 09 Jan 1883 – Lieutenant General Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois GCMG CB
09 Jun 1873 to 29 Jan 1877 – Sir Anthony Musgrave KCMG
16 Feb 1869 to 18 Apr 1873 – Right Honourable Sir James Fergusson Bt
04 Mar 1862 to 19 Feb 1868 – Sir Dominick Daly
08 Jun 1855 to 04 Mar 1862 – Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell CB
02 Aug 1848 to 20 Dec 1854 – Sir Henry Edward Fox Young
25 Oct 1845 to 02 Aug 1848 – Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Holt Robe
15 May 1841 to 25 Oct 1845 – Captain George Grey
17 Oct 1838 to 15 May 1841 – Lieutenant Colonel George Gawler KH
28 Dec 1836 to 16 Jul 1838 – Captain John Hindmarsh KH RN

The Founding of South Australia.

In 1834 the British Parliament passed the South Australia Act which empowered King William IV to create South Australia as a British province.
On 19th February 1836, King William issued Letters Patent establishing the province of South Australia.
On 28th December 1836 Governor John Hindmarsh proclaimed the colony of South Australia.
South Australia Act, or Foundation Act, of 1834 (UK)

In 1836, a part of New South Wales was taken and called South Australia.

In 1863, a further part of New South Wales was taken by South Australia and called the Northern Territory of South Australia.


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In December 1907, it was agreed to transfer the Northern part of South Australia to the Commonwealth. The Governor-General assented to this law on 16 November 1910, providing for the transfer of the Northern Territory to the Commonwealth.

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