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The Premier of New South Wales is the head of government in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The Government of New South Wales follows the Westminster system, with a Parliament of New South Wales acting as the legislature. The Premier is appointed by the Governor of New South Wales, and by modern convention holds office by virtue of his or her ability to command the support of a majority of members of the lower house of Parliament, the Legislative Assembly.

Premier of New South Wales
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Incumbent
Gladys Berejiklian

since 23 January 2017
Department of Premier and Cabinet
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor of New South Wales
Term lengthAt the Governor's pleasure
Inaugural holderStuart Donaldson
Formation6 June 1856

Prior to Federation in 1901 the term "Prime Minister of New South Wales" was also used. "Premier" has been used more or less exclusively from 1901, to avoid confusion with the federal Prime Minister of Australia.[1][2]

The current Premier is Gladys Berejiklian, the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party, who assumed office on 23 January 2017. Berejiklian replaced Mike Baird on 23 January 2017, after Baird resigned as Premier.

Contents

List of Premiers of New South WalesEdit

No. Name
(lifespan)
Portrait Term of Office Party Constituency Ministry Election(s)
1 Stuart Donaldson
(1812–1867)
  6 June 1856 25 August 1856 No party Sydney Hamlets Donaldson 1856
2 Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
  26 August 1856 2 October 1856 No party Sydney Cowper I
3 Henry Parker
(1808–1881)
  3 October 1856 7 September 1857 No party Parramatta Parker
(2) II Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
  7 September 1857 26 October 1859 No party Sydney
East Sydney
Cowper II 1858
1859
4 William Forster
(1818–1882)
  27 October 1859 9 March 1860 No party Queanbeyan Forster
5 John Robertson
(1816–1891)
  9 March 1860 9 January 1861 No party Upper Hunter Robertson I 1860
(2) III Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
  10 January 1861 15 October 1863 No party East Sydney Cowper III 1860
6 James Martin
(1820–1886)
  16 October 1863 2 February 1865 No party Tumut
Monaro
Martin I 1864–65
(2) IV Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
  3 February 1865 21 January 1866 No party East Sydney Cowper IV 1864–65
(6) II James Martin
(1820–1886)
  22 January 1866 26 October 1868 No party Lachlan Martin II
(5) II John Robertson
(1816–1891)
  27 October 1868 12 January 1870 No party Clarence
West Sydney
Robertson II 1869–70
(2) V Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
  13 January 1870 15 December 1870 No party Liverpool Plains Cowper V
(6) III Sir James Martin
(1820–1886)
  16 December 1870 13 May 1872 No party East Sydney
East Macquarie
Martin III 1872
7 Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
  14 May 1872 8 February 1875 No party East Sydney Parkes I 1872
1874–75
(5) III John Robertson
(1816–1891)
  9 February 1875 21 March 1877 No party West Sydney Robertson III 1874–75
(7) II Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
  22 March 1877 16 August 1877 No party East Sydney
Canterbury
Parkes II
(5) IV Sir John Robertson
(1816–1891)
  17 August 1877 17 December 1877 No party West Sydney
East Macquarie
Mudgee
Robertson IV 1877
8 James Farnell
(1825–1888)
  18 December 1877 20 December 1878 No party St Leonards Farnell
(7) III Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
  21 December 1878 4 January 1883 No party Canterbury
East Sydney
Tenterfield
Parkes III 1880
1882
9 Alexander Stuart
(1824–1886)
  5 January 1883 6 October 1885 No party Illawarra Stuart
10 George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
  7 October 1885 21 December 1885 No party St Leonards
Murrumbidgee
Dibbs I 1885
(5) V Sir John Robertson
(1816–1891)
  22 December 1885 22 February 1886 No party Mudgee Robertson V
11 Sir Patrick Jennings
(1831–1897)
  26 February 1886 19 January 1887 No party Bogan Jennings 1887
(7) IV Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
  25 January 1887 16 January 1889 Free Trade St Leonards Parkes IV 1887
(10) II George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
  17 January 1889 7 March 1889 Protectionist Murrumbidgee Dibbs II 1889
(7) V Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
  8 March 1889 23 October 1891 Free Trade St Leonards Parkes V 1889
(10) III George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
  23 October 1891 2 August 1894 Protectionist Murrumbidgee Dibbs III 1891
1894
12 George Reid
(1845–1918)
  3 August 1894 13 September 1899 Free Trade East Sydney
Sydney-King
Reid 1894
1895
1898
13 Sir William Lyne
(1844–1913)
  14 September 1899 27 March 1901 Protectionist Hume Lyne
14 Sir John See
(1844–1907)
  28 March 1901 14 June 1904 Progressive Grafton See 1901
15 Thomas Waddell
(1854–1940)
  15 June 1904 29 August 1904 Progressive Cowra Waddell 1904
16 Sir Joseph Carruthers
(1857–1932)
  29 August 1904 1 October 1907 Liberal Reform St George Carruthers 1904
17 Charles Wade
(1863–1922)
  2 October 1907 1 October 1910 Liberal Reform Gordon Wade 1907
1910
18 James McGowen
(1855–1922)
  21 October 1910 29 June 1913 Labor Redfern McGowen 1910
19 William Holman
(1871–1934)
  30 June 1913 15 November 1916 Labor Cootamundra Holman I 1913
1917
1920
15 November 1916 12 April 1920 Nationalist Holman II
20 John Storey
(1869–1921)
  13 April 1920 5 October 1921 Labor Balmain Storey 1920
21 James Dooley
(1877–1950)
  5 October 1921 20 December 1921 Labor Bathurst Dooley I
22 Sir George Fuller
(1861–1940)
  20 December 1921 20 December 1921 Nationalist Wollondilly Fuller I
(21) II James Dooley
(1877–1950)
  20 December 1921 13 April 1922 Labor Bathurst Dooley II 1922
(22) II Sir George Fuller
(1861–1940)
  13 April 1922 17 June 1925 Nationalist Wollondilly Fuller II 1922
1925
23 Jack Lang
(1876–1975)
  17 June 1925 18 October 1927 Labor Parramatta Lang I
Lang II
1925
1927
24 Thomas Bavin
(1874–1941)
  18 October 1927 4 November 1930 Nationalist Gordon Bavin 1927
1930
(23) II Jack Lang
(1876–1975)
  4 November 1930 16 May 1932 Labor Auburn Lang III 1930
25 Bertram Stevens
(1889–1973)
  16 May 1932 5 August 1939 United Australia Croydon Stevens I
Stevens II
Stevens III
1932
1935
1938
26 Alexander Mair
(1889–1969)
  5 August 1939 16 May 1941 United Australia Albury Mair 1941
27 William McKell
(1891–1985)
  16 May 1941 6 February 1947 Labor Redfern McKell I
McKell II
1941
1944
28 James McGirr
(1890–1957)
  6 February 1947 2 April 1952 Labor Bankstown
Liverpool
McGirr I
McGirr II
McGirr III
1947
1950
29 Joseph Cahill
(1891–1959)
  2 April 1952 22 October 1959 Labor Cook's River Cahill I
Cahill II
Cahill III
Cahill IV
1953
1956
1959
30 Bob Heffron
(1890–1978)
  23 October 1959 30 April 1964 Labor Maroubra Heffron I
Heffron II
1962
31 Jack Renshaw
(1909–1987)
  30 April 1964 13 May 1965 Labor Castlereagh Renshaw 1965
32 Sir Robert Askin
(1907–1981)
  13 May 1965 3 January 1975 Liberal Collaroy
Pittwater
Askin I
Askin II
Askin III
Askin IV
Askin V
Askin VI
1965
1968
1971
1973
33 Tom Lewis
(1922–2016)
  3 January 1975 23 January 1976 Liberal Wollondilly Lewis I
Lewis II
34 Sir Eric Willis
(1922–1999)
  23 January 1976 14 May 1976 Liberal Earlwood Willis 1976
35 Neville Wran
(1926–2014)
  14 May 1976 4 July 1986 Labor Bass Hill Wran I
Wran II
Wran III
Wran IV
Wran V
Wran VI
Wran VII
Wran VIII
1976
1981
1984
36 Barrie Unsworth
(1934–)
4 July 1986 25 March 1988 Labor Rockdale Unsworth 1988
37 Nick Greiner
(1947–)
25 March 1988 24 June 1992 Liberal Ku-ring-gai Greiner I
Greiner II
1988
1991
38 John Fahey
(1945–)
24 June 1992 4 April 1995 Liberal Southern Highlands Fahey I
Fahey II
Fahey III
1995
39 Bob Carr
(1947–)
  4 April 1995 3 August 2005 Labor Maroubra Carr I
Carr II
Carr III
Carr IV
1995
1999
2003
40 Morris Iemma
(1961–)
  3 August 2005 5 September 2008 Labor Lakemba Iemma I
Iemma II
2007
41 Nathan Rees
(1968–)
  5 September 2008 4 December 2009 Labor Toongabbie Rees
42 Kristina Keneally
(1968–)
  4 December 2009 28 March 2011 Labor Heffron Keneally 2011
43 Barry O'Farrell
(1959– )
  28 March 2011 17 April 2014 Liberal Ku-ring-gai O'Farrell 2011
44 Mike Baird
(1968–)
  17 April 2014 23 January 2017 Liberal Manly Baird I
Baird II
2015
45 Gladys Berejiklian
(1970–)
  23 January 2017 Incumbent Liberal Willoughby Berejiklian I
Berejiklian II
2019

Living former premiersEdit

Nine former premiers are alive, the oldest being Barrie Unsworth (1986–1988, born 1934). The most recent premier to die was Tom Lewis on 25 April 2016.[3]

Name Term as premier Date of birth Current age
Barrie Unsworth 1986–1988 (1934-04-16)16 April 1934 85 years, 90 days
Nick Greiner 1988–1992 (1947-04-27)27 April 1947 72 years, 79 days
John Fahey 1992–1995 (1945-01-10)10 January 1945 74 years, 186 days
Bob Carr 1995–2005 (1947-09-28)28 September 1947 71 years, 290 days
Morris Iemma 2005–2008 (1961-07-21)21 July 1961 57 years, 359 days
Nathan Rees 2008–2009 (1968-02-12)12 February 1968 51 years, 153 days
Kristina Keneally 2009–2011 (1968-12-19)19 December 1968 50 years, 208 days
Barry O'Farrell 2011–2014 (1959-05-24)24 May 1959 60 years, 52 days
Mike Baird 2014–2017 (1968-04-01)1 April 1968 51 years, 105 days

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). "Parkes, Hon. Sir Henry" . The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co – via Wikisource.
  2. ^ "Speeches of Sir Henry Parkes, G.G.M.G., M.P., Prime Minister of New South Wales". Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  3. ^ Murphy, Damien (5 May 2016). "Obituary: Tom Lewis". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 April 2018.