List of administrative heads of Norfolk Island

The Administrator of Norfolk Island acts as a representative both of The Crown and of the Government of Australia, as well as carrying out other duties according to the Norfolk Island Amendment Act 2015.[1] Since its construction in 1829, Government House located in KAVHA, Kingston has been the residence of the governors, commandants, and administrators of Norfolk Island.

Term Incumbent Title Notes
6 March 1788 to 24 March 1790 Philip Gidley King Lieutenant-Governor 1st term
24 March 1790 to November 1791 Robert Ross
4 November 1791 to 29 June 1800 Philip Gidley King 2nd term
1796 to 1799 John Townson
1799 to 1800 Thomas Rowley
29 June 1800 to September 1804 Joseph Foveaux
9 September 1804 to January 1810 John Piper
January 1810 to February 1814 Tankerville Alexander Crane
February 1814 to 6 June 1825 abandoned
6 June 1825 to April 1826 Richard Turton Commandant
1826 to 1827 Vance Young Donaldson
1827 to 1828 Thomas Edward Wright
1828 to 1829 Robert Hunt
February 1829 to 29 June 1829 Joseph Wakefield
29 June 1829 to 1834 James Morisset
1834 to 1834 Foster Fyans
1834 to 4 November 1839 James Anderson
1839 to 1839 Thomas Bunbury
1840 to 1840 Thomas Ryan
17 March 1840 to 1844 Alexander Maconochie
8 February 1844 to 5 August 1846 Joseph Childs
1846 to 1853 John Giles Price
May 1855 to 8 June 1856 abandoned
1 November 1856 Separate territory, under New South Wales
1856 to 1857 George Martin Frederick Young Chief Magistrate 1st term
1858 to 1858 Isaac Christian
1859 to 1859 George Martin Frederick Young 2nd term
1860 to 1861 Thomas Buffett
1862 to 1865 Arthur Quintal II 1st term
1866 to 1866 William Quintal 1st term
1867 to 1870 John Buffett 1st term
1871 to 1871 David Buffett
1872 to 1873 William Quintal 2nd term
1874 to 1875 Fletcher Christian Nobbs
1876 to 1880 Francis Mason Nobbs 1st term
1881 to 1882 John Buffett 2nd term
1883 to 1884 Francis Mason Nobbs 2nd term
1885 to 1885 Arthur Quintal II 2nd term
1886 to 1887 Stephen Christian 1st term
1888 to 1888 Henry Seymour Buffett
1889 to 1890 Stephen Christian 2nd term
1891 to 1892 Byron Stanley Mitchell Adams 1st term
1893 to 1893 Stephen Christian 3rd term
1894 to 1894 Francis Mason Nobbs 3rd term
1895 to 1896 Byron Stanley Mitchell Adams 2nd term
1896 to 1898 Warner Wright Spalding Administrator
1898 to 1903 Charles McArthur King
1903 to 1907 Walton Drake
1907 to 1913 Charles Sinclair Elliot
Under the Norfolk Island Act 1913
21 August 1913 to 30 August 1920 Michael Vincent Murphy Administrator 1st term
1 September 1920 to 30 June 1924 John William Parnell
1 July 1924 to 16 October 1926 Edwin Thomas Leane
1926 to 1926 Henry Stephenson Edgar 1st term
1926 to 1 February 1927 Michael Vincent Murphy 2nd term
1 February 1927 to 25 January 1928 Victor Conradsdorf Morisset Sellheim
25 January 1928 to 6 June 1928 Henry Stephenson Edgar 2nd term
6 June 1928 to 21 January 1929 Charles Edward Herbert
1 May 1929 to 30 June 1932 Alfred Joshua Bennett
1 July 1932 to 3 December 1937 Charles Robert Pinney
4 December 1937 to 31 December 1945 Sir Charles Rosenthal
1 January 1946 to 31 December 1952 Alexander Wilson
1 January 1953 to 30 April 1958 Colin Hugh Boyd Norman
1 May 1958 to 1962 Reginald Sylvester Leydin
1962 to 1964 Robert Wordsworth
1964 to 1966 Roger Nott
1966 to June 1968 Reginald Marsh
July 1968 to August 1972 Robert Nixon Dalkin
August 1972 to 31 August 1975 Edward Thomas Pickerd 1st term
1 September 1975 to 31 May 1976 Charles Ivens Buffett Acting Administrator
1 June 1976 to 4 September 1976 Edward Thomas Pickerd 2nd term
4 September 1976 to 4 September 1979 Desmond Vincent O'Leary Administrator
Under the Norfolk Island Act 1979
5 September 1979 to 19 March 1981 Peter Coleman Administrator
19 March 1981 to 10 May 1981 Ian Hutchison Acting Administrator
11 May 1981 to 27 January 1982 Thomas Ferguson Paterson
28 January 1982 to 28 April 1985 Raymond Edward Trebilco Administrator
29 April 1985 to 31 December 1988 John Alexander Matthew
31 December 1988 to 12 April 1989 William McFadyen Campbell Acting Administrator
13 April 1989 to 12 April 1992 Herbert Bruce MacDonald Administrator
13 April 1992 to 30 June 1997 Alan Gardner Kerr
1 July 1997 to 3 August 1997 Ralph Alexander Condon Acting Administrator
4 August 1997 to 30 July 2003 Anthony John Messner Administrator
30 July 2003 to 1 November 2003 Michael Stephens Acting Administrator
1 November 2003 to September 2007 Grant Tambling Administrator
1 October 2007 to 2 October 2008 Owen Walsh Acting Administrator
2 October 2008 to 1 April 2012 Owen Walsh Administrator
1 April 2012 to 30 June 2014 Neil Pope
1 July 2014 to 31 March 2017 Gary Hardgrave
1 April 2017 to present Eric Hutchinson

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