Sir Keith Seaman
|Governor of South Australia|
1 September 1977 –28 March 1982
|Premier|| Don Dunstan (1977–79)|
Des Corcoran (1979)
David Tonkin (1979–82)
|Preceded by||Sir Douglas Nicholls|
|Succeeded by||Sir Donald Dunstan|
|Born||11 June 1920|
McLaren Vale, South Australia
|Died||30 June 2013 93) (aged|
Sir Keith Douglas Seaman,(11 June 1920 – 30 June 2013) was Governor of South Australia from 1 September 1977 until 28 March 1982. He was the second successive governor to have been a minister of religion, Seaman being a minister in then recently merged Uniting Church in Australia.
Seaman was born in McLaren Vale, South Australia, on 11 June 1920.
Seaman's term as governor was not without controversy. On 24 February 1978, The Advertiser reported that he was about to be dismissed. He was not, but was forced to admit that he had committed a "grave impropriety" prior to his appointment; it had been examined by the Uniting Church discipline committee, and he had been allowed to continue his ministry.
Before being appointed governor, Seaman had been superintendent of the Adelaide Central Methodist Mission (now Uniting Communities, formerly UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide), and in 1973 was a member of the National Commission on Social Welfare under Marie Coleman which was set up by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
Seaman died at his home in 2013, aged 93.
Edward Gough Whitlam was the 21st Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 1972 to 1975. The Leader of the Labor Party from 1967 to 1977, Whitlam led his party to power for the first time in 23 years at the 1972 election. He won the 1974 election before being controversially dismissed by the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, at the climax of the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis. Whitlam remains the only Australian prime minister to have his commission terminated in that manner.
Sir William McMahon, was an Australian politician who served as the 20th Prime Minister of Australia, in office from 1971 to 1972 as leader of the Liberal Party. He was a government minister for over 21 years, the longest continuous ministerial service in Australian history.
The 1975 Australian constitutional crisis, also known simply as the Dismissal, has been described as the greatest political and constitutional crisis in Australian history. It culminated on 11 November 1975 with the dismissal from office of the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), by Governor-General Sir John Kerr, who then commissioned the Leader of the Opposition, Malcolm Fraser of the Liberal Party, as caretaker Prime Minister.
Sir John Robert Kerr, was the 18th Governor-General of Australia. He dismissed the Labor government of Gough Whitlam on 11 November 1975, marking the climax of the most significant constitutional crisis in Australian history. He had previously been the 13th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Peter John Hollingworth is an Australian retired Anglican bishop. Engaged in social work for several decades, he served as the archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane for 11 years from 1989 and was the 1991 Australian of the Year. He served as the 23rd Governor-General of Australia from 2001 until 2003. He is also an author and recipient of various civil and ecclesiastical honours. In 2003 he became only the third Australian governor-general to resign, after criticisms were aired over his conduct as Archbishop of Brisbane in the 1990s.
Sir David Iser Smith is a retired Australian public servant. He was the Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia between 1973 and 1990, in which capacity he served Sir Paul Hasluck, Sir John Kerr, Sir Zelman Cowen, Sir Ninian Stephen and Bill Hayden.
Herbert Cole "Nugget" Coombs was an Australian economist and public servant. He is best known as the first Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, in office from 1960 to 1968.
A double dissolution is a procedure permitted under the Australian Constitution to resolve deadlocks in the bicameral Parliament of Australia between the House of Representatives and the Senate. A double dissolution is the only circumstance in which the entire Senate can be dissolved.
Sir Anthony Frank Mason AC KBE HonFAIB DistFRSN QC is an Australian judge who served as the ninth Chief Justice of Australia, in office from 1987 to 1995. He was first appointed to the High Court in 1972, having previously served on the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
The Loans affair, also called the Khemlani affair, was a political scandal involving the Whitlam Government of Australia in 1975, in which it was accused of attempting to unconstitutionally borrow money from Middle Eastern countries through the agency of Pakistani banker Tirath Khemlani, bypassing standard procedures of the Australian Treasury. Minerals and Energy Minister Rex Connor, along with Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Dr Jim Cairns misled Parliament and were forced from the Whitlam Cabinet over the Affair, which was a key precursor to the Constitutional Crisis and the Dismissal of the Whitlam Government in 1975.
The following lists events that happened during 1970 in Australia.
Ian Bonython Cameron Wilson AM was an Australian politician. He was a member of the Liberal Party and represented the Division of Sturt in federal parliament. He held ministerial office in the Fraser Government from 1981 to 1983.
The Whitlam Government was the federal executive government of Australia led by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. It was made up of members of the Australian Labor Party. The government commenced when Labor defeated the McMahon Government in the 1972 federal election after a record 23 years of Coalition government. It concluded, in historic circumstances, when it was dismissed by Governor-General Sir John Kerr as a result of the 1975 constitutional crisis and was succeeded by the Fraser Government. The Whitlam Government remains the only federal government in Australian history to be dismissed by either a monarch or viceregal representative.
The following lists events that happened during 1972 in Australia.
The following lists events that happened during 1974 in Australia.
The following lists events that happened during 1975 in Australia.
Sir Keith Cameron Wilson was an Australian lawyer and politician. He was a Senator for South Australia from 1938 to 1944, representing the United Australia Party, and later returned to parliament as a Liberal Party member of the House of Representatives from 1949 to 1954 and 1955 to 1966. Despite his long service he never held ministerial office.
Alexander James de Burgh Forbes,, often known as A. J. Forbes, was an Australian politician. He served in the House of Representatives from 1956 to 1975 as a member of the Liberal Party, representing the Division of Barker in South Australia. He held ministerial office in the Coalition governments of the 1960s and 1970s, serving as Minister for the Navy (1963–1964), Army (1963–1966), Health (1966–1971), and Immigration (1971–1972). At his death, Forbes was the last surviving Liberal minister who served in the ministries of Sir Robert Menzies, Harold Holt and John McEwen, as well as the First Gorton Ministry.
Antony Philip Whitlam QC is an Australian lawyer who has served as a politician and judge. He is the son of Gough Whitlam and Margaret Whitlam.
Sir Douglas Nicholls
| Governor of South Australia |
Lieutenant General Sir Donald Dunstan