Premiers of Victoria

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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 with a majority in the Legislative Assembly.[1]

Before the 1890s, there was no formal party system in Victoria. Party labels before that time indicate a general tendency only. From the 1880s, until after Federation in 1901, Victorian politics were dominated by Protectionist Liberals, who were opposed by Free Trade Conservatives. The Labor Party did not emerge as a major party until after 1910, which meant that Victoria was slow to develop a two-party system. Labor did not win a majority in the Legislative Assembly until 1952, and until that time weak minority governments were common. Since 1952, Victoria has had a stable two-party system.


List of Premiers of Victoria

Living former premiers

As of December 2010, five former premiers are alive, the oldest being John Cain (1982–1990, born 1931). The most recent premier to die was Lindsay Thompson (1981–82), on 16 July 2008.

Gallery of Premiers of Victoria

Dr William Haines
Nov 1855 – Mar 1857
Apr 1857 – Mar 1858

Sir John O'Shanassy
Mar 1857 – Apr 1857
Mar 1858 – Oct 1859
Nov 1861 – Jun 1863

William Nicholson
Oct 1859 – Nov 1860

Richard Heales
Nov 1860 – Nov 1861

Sir James McCulloch
Jun 1863 – May 1868
Jul 1868 – Sep 1869
Apr 1870 – Jun 1871
Oct 1875 – May 1877

Charles Sladen
May 1868 – Jul 1868

John MacPherson
Sep 1869 – Apr 1870

Charles Gavan Duffy
Jun 1871 – Jun 1872

James Francis
Jun 1872 – Jul 1874

George Kerferd
Jul 1874 – Aug 1875

Sir Graham Berry
Aug 1875 – Oct 1875
May 1877 – Mar 1880
Aug 1880 – Jul 1881

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