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Governor of Western Australia

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Governor of Western Australia
Badge of the Governor of Western Australia.svg
Badge of the Governor
Flag of the Governor of Western Australia.svg
Flag of the Governor
Kim Beazley

since 1 May 2018
StyleHis Excellency the Honourable
ResidenceGovernment House, Perth
NominatorPremier of Western Australia
AppointerMonarch of Australia
on the advice of the Premier
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
(usually 5 years by convention)
Formation6 February 1832
First holderCaptain James Stirling

The Governor of Western Australia is the representative in Western Australia of the Queen of Australia, Elizabeth II. As with the other governors of the Australian states, the Governor of Western Australia performs constitutional, ceremonial and community functions, including:

Furthermore, all Bills passed by the Parliament of Western Australia require the Governor's signature before they become Acts and pass into law.

The current governor is Kim Beazley. He succeeded Kerry Sanderson, who was the first woman to hold the position, in May 2018.[1]

Until the appointment of Sir James Mitchell in 1948, all governors of Western Australia had been British officials. After Mitchell's appointment, a further three Britons served as governor: Mitchell's two immediate successors, and then, from 1980 to 1983, Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Trowbridge who was the last British governor of any Australian state.[2]


The Governor of Western Australia is styled His Excellency during his term in office (or Her Excellency for a female governor). In August 2014, three of the four living past governors – John Sanderson, Ken Michael and Malcolm McCusker – were given the style "The Honourable", on the recommendation of the premier.[3] The other living former governor, Michael Jeffery, already held the style in virtue of his later service as Governor-General of Australia.

Governor's standard

The governor's standard of Western Australia 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 Western Australia, comprising a black swan in a yellow disc, 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.

List of Lieutenant Governors of the Swan River Colony and Governors of Western Australia

This is a list of Governors and Lieutenant-Governors of Western Australia.

Government House, the residence of the Governor of Western Australia.
Government House, the residence of the Governor of Western Australia.
The Governor's car
The Governor's car

Lieutenant Governors of the Swan River Colony

Stirling was in fact only commissioned as Governor of Western Australia from 4 March 1831, rectifying the absence of a legal instrument providing the authority detailed in Stirling's Instructions of 30 December 1828. Stirling had said of his own position:

I believe I am the first Governor who ever formed a settlement without Commission, Laws, Instructions and Salary.[4]

No. Image Lieutenant-Governor From To
Captain Sir James Stirling RN 30 December 1828 5 February 1832


No. Image Governor From To
Captain Sir James Stirling RN 4 March 1832 2 January 1839
John Hutt.jpg
John Hutt 3 January 1839 26 January 1846
Andrew Clarke.jpg
Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Clarke KCH 27 January 1846 11 February 1847
Frederick Irwin (1788-1860).jpg
Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Irwin (acting Governor) 12 February 1847 11 August 1848
Charles Fitzgerald.jpg
Captain Charles Fitzgerald 12 August 1848 22 July 1855
Sir Arthur Kennedy GCMG CB 23 July 1855 27 February 1862
John Hampton.jpg
Dr John Hampton 28 February 1862 1 November 1868
Benjamin Pine.jpg
Sir Benjamin Pine[5] 2 November 1868 29 September 1869
Frederick Weld.jpg
The Hon. Sir Frederick Weld GCMG 30 September 1869 10 January 1875
Sir William Robinson GCMG 11 January 1875 11 November 1877
Major General The Hon. Sir Harry Ord GCMG CB RE[6] 12 November 1877 9 April 1880
Sir William Robinson GCMG (2nd time) 10 April 1880 1 June 1883
Frederick Broome.jpg
Sir Frederick Broome KCMG 2 June 1883 19 October 1890
Sir William Robinson GCMG (3rd time) 20 October 1890 22 December 1895
12 Lieutenant Colonel Sir Gerard Smith KCMG 23 December 1895 30 April 1901
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Sir Arthur Lawley GCIE KCMG 1 May 1901 23 March 1903
Frederick Bedford Vanity Fair 3 December 1903.jpg
Admiral Sir Frederick Bedford KCB 24 March 1903 30 May 1909
Gerald Strickland 1930s.jpg
Sir Gerald Strickland KCMG 31 May 1909 16 March 1913
Major General Sir Harry Barron KCMG CVO 17 March 1913 8 April 1917
The Rt Hon. Sir William Ellison-Macartney KCMG 9 April 1917 8 April 1920
Francis Newdegate.jpg
Sir Francis Newdegate GCMG 9 April 1920 27 October 1924
William Campion.jpg
Colonel Sir William Campion KCMG DSO TD 28 October 1924 8 June 1931
N/A[7] 1931 1948
Sir James Mitchell.jpg
Sir James Mitchell GCMG 5 October 1948 30 June 1951
21 General Sir Charles Gairdner GBE KCMG KCVO CB 6 November 1951 25 October 1963
22 Major General Sir Douglas Kendrew KCMG CB CBE DSO 25 October 1963 6 January 1974
Air Commodore Sir Hughie Edwards VC KCMG CB DSO OBE DFC 7 January 1974 2 April 1975
24 Air Chief Marshal Sir Wallace Hart Kyle GCB KCVO CBE DSO DFC 24 November 1975 24 November 1980
25 Rear Admiral Sir Richard Trowbridge KCVO 25 November 1980 24 November 1983
26 Professor Gordon Reid AC 2 July 1984 30 September 1989
27 The Hon. Sir Francis Burt AC KCMG QC 29 March 1990 31 October 1993
Jeffery Michael 030238DI-002.jpg
Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC 1 November 1993 17 August 2000
29 Lieutenant General John Sanderson AC 18 August 2000 31 October 2005
Ken Michael.jpg
Dr Ken Michael AC 18 January 2006 2 May 2011
11 Nov gnangarra-10.jpg
Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC 1 July 2011 30 June 2014
Kerry Sanderson Governor of Western Australia crop.jpg
Kerry Sanderson AC 20 October 2014 1 May 2018
Kim Beazley crop.jpg
Kim Beazley AC 1 May 2018 Incumbent

Living former governors

Four former governors are alive, the oldest being Ken Michael. The most recent governor to die was Michael Jeffery, on 18 December 2020.

Name Term as governor Date of birth
John Sanderson 2000–2006 (1940-11-04) 4 November 1940 (age 80)
Ken Michael 2006–2011 (1938-04-12) 12 April 1938 (age 82)
Malcolm McCusker 2011–2014 (1938-08-06) 6 August 1938 (age 82)
Kerry Sanderson 2014–2018 (1950-12-21) 21 December 1950 (age 70)

See also


  1. ^ "Kim Beazley named new governor of WA, capping distinguished career for ex-Labor leader". ABC News. 3 April 2018.
  2. ^ Dr Geoff Gallop, Premier (13 May 2003). "Rear Admiral Sir Richard John Trowbridge Condolence Motion" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Western Australia: Western Australian Legislative Assembly. Part 1: pp. 7514–7514.
  3. ^ Western Australian Government Gazette, 15 August 2014, No. 126, p. 2951. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Commission appointing Stirling Governor and Commander-in-Chief 4 March 1831 (UK)". Documenting a Democracy. National Archives of Australia. Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. Retrieved 5 March 2008. - see also Scan of 1st page of parchment original Archived 23 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine and Bathurst (1831). "Transcription of Commission appointing Stirling Governor and Commander-in-Chief 4 March 1831 (UK)" (pdf (5 pages)). Founding documents: 110 key documents that are the foundation of our nation. National Archives of Australia. Retrieved 5 March 2008.
  5. ^ Although formally appointed Governor, Pine never actually came to Western Australia to take up his post; the role was filled by an administrator, Lieutenant Colonel John Bruce.
  6. ^ Ord was Lieutenant-Governor from 12 November 1877 to 29 January 1878.
  7. ^ The post of Governor was not filled between 1931 and 1948. Sir John Northmore was administrator until 29 June 1932. He was Lieutenant-Governor until 10 July 1933, and was succeeded as Lieutenant-Governor by Sir James Mitchell until 4 October 1948. Mitchell was appointed Governor from 5 October 1948.

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