Premier of Victoria

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Premier of Victoria
Incumbent
Daniel Andrews

since 4 December 2014
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of Victoria
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Dr William Clark Haines
Formation 30 November 1855

The Premier of Victoria is the leader of the government in the Australian state of Victoria. The Premier is appointed by the Governor of Victoria, and is the leader of the political party able to secure a majority in the Legislative Assembly.[1]

Responsible government came to the colony of Victoria in 1855. Between 1856 and 1892, the head of the government was commonly called the Premier or the Prime Minister, but neither title had any legal basis. The head of government always held another portfolio, usually Chief Secretary or Treasurer, for which they were paid a salary. The first head of government to hold the title of Premier without holding another portfolio was William Shiels in 1892.

List of Premiers of Victoria

No. Name Portrait Party Assumed office Left office
1 William Haines Williamhaines.jpg 30 November 1855 11 March 1857
2 John O'Shanassy 70px 11 March 1857 29 April 1857
William Haines Williamhaines.jpg 29 April 1857 10 March 1858
John O'Shanassy 70px 10 March 1858 27 October 1859
3 William Nicholson Williamnicholson.jpg 27 October 1859 26 November 1860
4 Richard Heales Richardheales.jpg 26 November 1860 14 November 1861
John O'Shanassy 70px 14 November 1861 27 June 1863
5 James McCulloch 70px 27 June 1863 6 May 1868
6 Charles Sladen 70px 6 May 1868 11 July 1868
James McCulloch 70px 11 July 1868 20 September 1869
7 John Alexander MacPherson Johnmacpherson.jpg 20 September 1869 9 April 1870
(Sir) James McCulloch 70px 9 April 1870 19 June 1871
8 Charles Gavan Duffy Charles Gavan Duffy 1846.JPG 19 June 1871 10 June 1872
9 James Francis 70px 10 June 1872 31 July 1874
10 George Kerferd 70px 31 July 1874 7 August 1875
11 Graham Berry 70px 7 August 1875 20 October 1875
Sir James McCulloch 70px 20 October 1875 21 May 1877
Graham Berry 70px 21 May 1877 5 March 1880
12 James Service 70px 5 March 1880 3 August 1880
Graham Berry 70px 3 August 1880 9 July 1881
13 Sir Bryan O'Loghlen, Bt 70px 9 July 1881 8 March 1883
James Service 70px 8 March 1883 18 February 1886
14 Duncan Gillies Duncangillies.jpg Conservative-Liberal Coalition 18 February 1886 5 November 1890
15 James Munro 70px National Liberal 5 November 1890 16 February 1892
16 William Shiels 70px Liberal 16 February 1892 23 January 1893
17 James Patterson 70xpx Conservative 23 January 1893 27 September 1894
18 Sir George Turner 70px Liberal 27 September 1894 5 December 1899
19 Allan McLean 70px Liberal 5 December 1899 19 November 1900
Sir George Turner 70px Liberal 19 November 1900 12 February 1901
20 Sir Alexander Peacock 70px Liberal 12 February 1901 10 June 1902
21 William Irvine 70px Reform 10 June 1902 16 February 1904
22 (Sir) Thomas Bent 22Thomasbent.jpg Reform 16 February 1904 8 January 1909
23 John Murray 70px Liberal 8 January 1909 18 May 1912
24 William Watt 70px Liberal 18 May 1912 9 December 1913
25 George Elmslie 70px Labor 9 December 1913 22 December 1913
William Watt 70px Liberal 22 December 1913 18 June 1914
Sir Alexander Peacock 70px Liberal 18 June 1914 29 November 1917
26 John Bowser File:26Johnbowser.jpg Nationalist 29 November 1917 21 March 1918
27 Harry Lawson 70px Nationalist 21 March 1918 7 September 1923
Harry Lawson 70px Nationalist/ Country 7 September 1923 19 March 1924
Harry Lawson 70px Nationalist 19 March 1924 28 April 1924
Sir Alexander Peacock 70px Nationalist 28 April 1924 18 July 1924
28 George Prendergast 70px Labor 18 July 1924 18 November 1924
29 John Allan 70px Country/ Nationalist 18 November 1924 20 May 1927
30 Edmond Hogan 70px Labor 20 May 1927 22 November 1928
31 William McPherson No image.svg Nationalist 22 November 1928 12 December 1929
Edmond Hogan 70px Labor 12 December 1929 19 May 1932
32 Sir Stanley Argyle Sir Stanley Argyle.jpg United Australia 19 May 1932 2 April 1935
33 Albert Dunstan AlbertDunstan.jpg Country 2 April 1935 14 September 1943
34 John Cain Snr 70px Labor 14 September 1943 18 September 1943
Albert Dunstan AlbertDunstan.jpg Country 18 September 1943 2 October 1945
35 Ian Macfarlan 70px Liberal 2 October 1945 21 November 1945
John Cain Snr 70px Labor 21 November 1945 20 November 1947
36 Thomas Hollway File:TomHollway.jpg Liberal/Liberal and Country 20 November 1947 27 June 1950
37 Sir John McDonald 70px Country 27 June 1950 28 October 1952
Thomas Hollway File:TomHollway.jpg Independent 28 October 1952 31 October 1952
Sir John McDonald 70px Country 31 October 1952 17 December 1952
John Cain Snr 70px Labor 17 December 1952 7 June 1955
38 Sir Henry Bolte 70px Liberal and Country/Liberal 7 June 1955 23 August 1972
39 Rupert Hamer No image.svg Liberal 23 August 1972 5 June 1981
40 Lindsay Thompson No image.svg Liberal 5 June 1981 8 April 1982
41 John Cain Jnr No image.svg Labor 8 April 1982 10 August 1990
42 Joan Kirner No image.svg Labor 10 August 1990 6 October 1992
43 Jeff Kennett J.kennett.jpg Liberal 6 October 1992 20 October 1999
44 Steve Bracks Steve bracks.jpg Labor 20 October 1999 30 July 2007
45 John Brumby 70px Labor 30 July 2007 2 December 2010
46 Ted Baillieu Ted baillieu.jpg Liberal 2 December 2010 6 March 2013
47 Denis Napthine Premier Denis Napthine.jpg Liberal 6 March 2013 4 December 2014
48 Daniel Andrews 70px Labor 4 December 2014 Incumbent

Living former premiers

As of June 2015, six former premiers are alive, the oldest being John Cain (1982–1990, born 1931). The most recent premier to die was Joan Kirner (1990–92), on 1 June 2015.

Name Term as premier Date of birth
John Cain II 1982–1990 (1931-04-26) 26 April 1931 (age 88)
Jeff Kennett 1992–1999 (1948-03-02) 2 March 1948 (age 71)
Steve Bracks 1999–2007 (1954-10-15) 15 October 1954 (age 64)
John Brumby 2007–2010 (1953-04-21) 21 April 1953 (age 66)
Ted Baillieu 2010–2013 (1953-07-31) 31 July 1953 (age 65)
Denis Napthine 2013–2014 (1952-03-06) 6 March 1952 (age 67)

Timeline

See also

References

  1. Fact Sheet H1: Roles in the Assembly, Parliament of Victoria.

External links