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The Governor of Tasmania is the representative in the Australian state of Tasmaniamarker 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 Housemarker located at the Queens Domainmarker.

Two internationally famous Governors of Tasmania were Captain Sir John Franklin (the British mariner who would later die trying to find the North West Passage), and former UNSCOM weapons inspector Richard Butler.

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 the incumbent Peter Underwood, who was born in the United Kingdom but emigrated to Australia at an early age.

Divided in two

Between 1804 and 1813, Van Diemen's Landmarker was divided along the 42nd parallel, and governed separately.[55456] [55457]

Lieutenant-Governors in the south

No. Lieutenant-Governor From To
1 Colonel David Collins 1804 1810
2 Edward Lord March 1810 July 1810
3 Captain J. Murray 1810 1812


Lieutenant-Governors in the north

No. Lieutenant-Governor From To
1 Colonel William Paterson 1804 1808
2 John Brabyn 1808 1810
3 Major G.A. Gordon 1810 1812
4 Captain J. Ritchie 1812 1812


List of Governors of Tasmania

Lieutenant-Governors

Governor of Tasmania's Personal Flag


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

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


Governors

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


Living former governors

, four former governors are alive, the oldest being Sir Phillip Bennett (1987–95, born 1928). The most recent governor to die was Sir Stanley Burbury (1973–82), on 24 April 1995. The most recently-serving governor to die was Sir James Plimsoll (1982–87), on 8 May 1987.


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


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