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Governor of Tasmania

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Governor of Tasmania
Badge of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
Badge of the Governor
Flag of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
Flag of the Governor
Kate Warner

since 10 December 2014
StyleHer Excellency The Honourable
ResidenceGovernment House, Hobart
NominatorPremier of Tasmania
AppointerMonarch of Australia
on the advice of the Premier
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
(usually 5 years by convention)
Formation8 January 1855
First holderSir Henry Fox Young

The Governor of Tasmania is the representative in the Australian state of Tasmania of Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. The Governor performs the same constitutional and ceremonial functions at the state level as the Governor-General of Australia does at the national level.

In accordance with the conventions of the Westminster system of parliamentary government, the Governor nearly always acts solely on the advice of the head of the elected government, the Premier of Tasmania. Nevertheless, the Governor retains the reserve powers of the Crown, and has the right to dismiss the Premier.

See Governors of the Australian states for a description and history of the office of governor.

The official residence of the Governor is Government House located at the Queens Domain.

The first Australian-born Governor of Tasmania was Sir Stanley Burbury (appointed 1973). The first Tasmanian-born governor was Sir Guy Green (appointed 1995). Since Burbury, all Tasmanian governors have been Australian-born, except for Peter Underwood, who was born in Britain but emigrated to Australia when a teenager. The position was vacant for over five months in 2014, due to the unexpected death of the incumbent Peter Underwood on 7 July, with Chief Justice and Lieutenant-Governor Alan Blow acting as Administrator. On 10 November, Premier Will Hodgman announced that University of Tasmania legal academic Kate Warner would be appointed as the state's first female governor.[1] Warner was sworn in on 10 December.

As from the appointment of Kate Warner as governor in December 2014, The Queen, upon the recommendation of the Premier, accorded Professor Warner, and all future Governors, the title 'The Honourable' for life.[2]

Governor's Standard

The governor standard of Tasmania is the same design as the British blue ensign with the Union Flag at the upper left quarter. On the right side, the State Badge of Tasmania, consisting of a white disk with a red lion passant, is surmounted by the St. Edward's crown.

If the Standard is flying at Government House, on a vehicle or at an event, this indicates that the Governor is present.

Past and present standards of the governor

Divided in two

Between 1804 and 1813, Van Diemen's Land was divided along the 42nd parallel, and the two sections governed as separate "Lieutenant-Governorships" under the Governor of New South Wales.[3][4] Collins was the only officially appointed Lieutenant-Governor—upon his death in 1810, the government in Hobart Town was administered, by the Commandants at Hobart Town (Lord, Murray and Geils). The northern settlement at Port Dalrymple (now George Town) was administered by four Commandants until the settlements were merged to form the single colony under the governorship of Thomas Davey in 1813.[5]

Lieutenant-Governor and Commandants in the south

No. Lieutenant-Governor From To
David Collins.jpg
Colonel David Collins 1804 1810
Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg
Lieutenant Edward Lord
(Commandant at Hobart Town)
March 1810 July 1810
Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg
Captain John Murray
(Commandant at Hobart Town)
1810 1812
Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg
Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Geils
(Commandant at Hobart Town)
1812 1813

Commandants in the north

No. Commandant at Port Dalrymple From To
Colonel William Paterson.jpg
Colonel William Paterson 1804 1808
Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg
Captain John Brabyn 1808 1810
Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg
Major George Alexander Gordon 1810 1812
Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg
Captain John Ritchie 1812 1812

List of Governors of Tasmania


The colony was called Van Diemen's Land until 1856.

No. Lieutenant-Governor From To
Thomas Davey.jpg
Colonel Thomas Davey 4 February 1813 9 March 1817
William Sorell.jpg
Colonel William Sorell 9 March 1817 14 May 1824
Major-General Sir George Arthur.jpg
Sir George Arthur 14 May 1824 29 October 1836
John Franklin.jpg
Sir John Franklin KCH FRGS 5 January 1837 21 August 1843
John Eardley Wilmot.jpg
Sir John Eardley-Wilmot 21 August 1843 13 October 1846
William Denison.jpg
Sir William Denison 25 January 1847 8 January 1855


No. Governor From To
Sir Henry Young.jpg
Sir Henry Young KCMG 8 January 1855 10 December 1861
Thomas Gore Browne.jpg
Colonel Sir Thomas Browne KCMG CB 11 December 1862 30 December 1868
Charles Du Cane.jpg
Sir Charles Du Cane KCMG 15 January 1869 30 November 1874
Frederick Weld.jpg
The Hon. Sir Frederick Weld GCMG 13 January 1875 5 April 1880
John Henry Lefroy.jpg
The Hon. Sir John Henry Lefroy CB, GCMG 1880 1881
George Strahan portrait.jpg
Major Sir George Strahan KCMG 7 December 1881 28 October 1886
7 Sir Robert Hamilton KCB 11 March 1887 30 November 1892
Jenico Preston.jpg
The Rt Hon. The Viscount Gormanston GCMG 8 August 1893 14 August 1900
Arthur Havelock.jpg
Captain Sir Arthur Havelock GCSI GCMG GCIE 8 November 1901 16 April 1904
Gerald Strickland 1930s.jpg
The Rt Hon. The Lord Strickland GCMG 28 October 1904 20 May 1909
Major-General Sir Harry Barron KCMG CVO 16 September 1909 3 March 1913
The Rt Hon. Sir William Ellison-Macartney KCMG 4 June 1913 31 March 1917
Francis Newdegate.jpg
Sir Francis Newdegate GCMG KStJ 30 March 1917 22 February 1920
William Lamond Allardyce.jpg
Sir William Allardyce KCMG 16 April 1920 27 January 1922
James O'Grady.jpg
Sir James O'Grady KCMG 23 December 1924 23 December 1930
Sir Ernest Clark.jpg
Sir Ernest Clark GCMG KCB CBE 4 August 1933 4 August 1945
Hugh Binney.jpeg
Admiral Sir Hugh Binney KCB KCMG DSO 24 December 1945 8 May 1951
Ronald Cross.jpg
The Rt Hon. Sir Ronald Cross, Bt KCMG KCVO PC 22 August 1951 4 June 1958
Badge of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
The Rt Hon. The Lord Rowallan KT KBE MC TD 21 October 1959 25 March 1963
Badge of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
General Sir Charles Gairdner GBE KCMG KCVO CB 24 September 1963 11 July 1968
Badge of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
Lieutenant-General Sir Edric Bastyan KCMG KCVO KBE CB 2 December 1968 30 November 1973
Badge of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
The Hon. Sir Stanley Burbury KCMG KCVO KBE 5 December 1973 16 March 1982
James Plimsoll 1958-02 (cropped).jpg
Sir James Plimsoll AC CBE KStJ 1 October 1982 8 May 1987
Sir Phillip Bennett preparing to lay wreath, May 7, 1992.JPEG
General Sir Phillip Bennett AC KBE DSO KStJ 19 October 1987 2 October 1995
Badge of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
The Hon. Sir Guy Green AC KBE CVO 2 October 1995 3 October 2003
Badge of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
Richard Butler AC 3 October 2003 9 August 2004
Badge of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
The Hon. William Cox AC RFD ED QC 15 December 2004 2 April 2008
Badge of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
The Hon. Peter Underwood AC 2 April 2008 7 July 2014
The Hon. Professor Kate Warner AC 10 December 2014 Incumbent

Living former governors

Four former governors are alive, the oldest being Sir Phillip Bennett (1987–95, born 1928). The latest-serving former governor to die was Sir Stanley Burbury (1973–82), on 24 April 1995. The most recently serving governor to die was Peter Underwood (2008–14), who died in office on 7 July 2014.

Name Term as governor Date of birth
Sir Phillip Bennett 1987–1995 27 December 1928
Sir Guy Green 1995–2003 26 July 1937
Richard Butler 2003–2004 13 May 1942
William Cox 2004–2008 1 April 1936


  1. ^ "Kate Warner to be appointed 28th Tasmanian Governor". ABC News. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Tasmanian Gazette" (PDF). 10 December 2014.
  3. ^ Past Governors Archived 2006-06-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2007-05-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Widowson, Henry: Present State of Van Diemen's Land, 1829.
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