Premier of South Australia

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Premier of South Australia
South Australian Coat of Arms.svg
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Peter Malinauskas (cropped).png
Incumbent
Peter Malinauskas

since 21 March 2022
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Government of South Australia
Style
Status Head of Government
Member of
Reports to Parliament
Seat State Administration Centre
200 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Appointer Governor of South Australia
by convention, based on appointee's ability to command confidence in the House of Assembly
Term length At the Governor's pleasure
contingent on the premier's ability to command confidence in the House of Assembly
Constituting instrumentNone (constitutional convention)
Formation24 October 1856
First holder Boyle Finniss
Deputy Deputy Premier of South Australia
SalaryA$418,000 [1]
Website www.premier.sa.gov.au

The premier of South Australia is the head of government in the state of South Australia, Australia. The Government of South Australia follows the Westminster system, with a Parliament of South Australia acting as the legislature. The premier is appointed by the Governor of South Australia, 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 House of Assembly.

Contents

Peter Malinauskas is the current premier, having served since 21 March 2022.

History

The office of premier of South Australia was established upon the commencement of responsible government with the passage of the Constitution Act 1856. The role was based upon that of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with the premier requiring the support of a majority of the members of the lower house to remain head of government.

No parties or solid groupings would be formed until after the 1890 election, which resulted in frequent changes of the premier of South Australia. If for any reason the incumbent premier lost sufficient support through a successful motion of no confidence at any time on the floor of the house, he would tender his resignation to the Governor of South Australia, which would result in another member deemed to have the support of the House of Assembly being sworn in by the Governor as the next premier.

Informal groupings began and increased government stability occurred from the 1887 election. The United Labor Party would be formed in 1891, while the National Defence League would be formed later in the same year.

Before the 1890s when there was no formal party system in South Australia, MPs tended to have historical liberal or conservative beliefs. The liberals dominated government from the 1893 election to 1905 election with the support of the South Australian United Labor Party, with the conservatives mostly in opposition. Labor took government with the support of eight dissident liberals in 1905 when Labor won the most seats for the first time. The rise of Labor saw non-Labor politics start to merge into various party incarnations.

The two independent conservative parties, the Australasian National League (formerly National Defence League) and the Farmers and Producers Political Union merged with the Liberal and Democratic Union to become the Liberal Union in 1910. Labor formed South Australia's first majority government after winning the 1910 state election, triggering the merger. The 1910 election came two weeks after federal Labor formed Australia's first elected majority government at the 1910 federal election.

No "Country" or rural conservative parties emerged as serious long-term forces in South Australian state politics, often folding into the main non-Labor party.

List of premiers of South Australia

The first six Governors of South Australia oversaw governance from proclamation in 1836 until self-government and an elected Parliament of South Australia was enacted in the year prior to the inaugural 1857 election.

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Constituency(Birth–Death)

Election

(Parliament)

Term of officePolitical partyMinistry
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
Colonial Government (1856–1901)
1 B. T. Finniss 2.jpeg Boyle Finniss
(1807–1893)
MHA for Adelaide
1857 (1st)24 October 185621 August 1857301 days Independent Finniss
2 John Baker SA.jpg John Baker
(1813–1872)
Councillor
— (1st)21 August 18571 September 185711 days Independent Baker
3 Robert Richard Torrens.jpg Robert Richard Torrens
(1814–1884)
MHA for Adelaide
— (1st)1 September 185730 September 185729 days Independent Torrens
4 Richard Hanson (Australia).jpg Richard Hanson
(1805–1876)
MHA for Adelaide
— (1st)30 September 18579 May 18602 years, 222 days Independent Hanson
5 Thomas Reynolds (Australian politician).jpg Thomas Reynolds
(1818–1875)
MHA for Adelaide
1860 (2nd)9 May 18608 October 18611 year, 152 days Independent Reynolds (1st)
Reynolds (2nd)
6 George Marsden Waterhouse.jpg George Waterhouse
(1824–1906)
Councillor
— (2nd)
1862 (3rd)
8 October 18614 July 18631 year, 269 days Independent Waterhouse (1st)
Waterhouse (2nd)
7 Francis Dutton.jpg Francis Dutton
(1818–1877)
MHA for Light
— (3rd)4 July 186315 July 186311 days Independent Dutton (1st)
8 Henry Ayers.jpg Henry Ayers
(1821–1897)
Councillor
— (3rd)15 July 18634 August 18641 year, 20 days Independent Ayers (1st)
Ayers (2nd)
9 ArthurBlyth.jpg Arthur Blyth
(1823–1891)
MHA for Gumeracha
— (3rd)4 August 186422 March 1865230 days Independent Blyth (1st)
(7) Francis Dutton.jpg Francis Dutton 1865 (4th)22 March 186520 September 1865182 days Independent Dutton (2nd)
(8) Henry Ayers.jpg Henry Ayers — (4th)20 September 186523 October 186533 days Independent Ayers (3rd)
10 John Hart 2.jpeg John Hart
(1809–1873)
MHA for Port Adelaide
— (4th)23 October 186528 March 1866156 days Independent Hart (1st)
11 Boucat.jpg James Boucaut
(1831–1916)
MHA for Encounter Bay
— (4th)28 March 18663 May 18671 year, 36 days Independent Boucaut (1st)
(8) Henry Ayers.jpg Henry Ayers — (4th)
1868 (5th)
3 May 186724 September 18681 year, 144 days Independent Ayers (4th)
(10) John Hart 2.jpeg John Hart
MHA for Light
— (5th)24 September 186813 October 186819 days Independent Hart (2nd)
(8) Henry Ayers.jpg Henry Ayers — (5th)13 October 18683 November 186821 days Independent Ayers (5th)
12 Henry Strangways.jpg Henry Strangways
(1832–1920)
MHA for West Torrens
— (5th)
1870 (6th)
3 November 186830 May 18701 year, 208 days Independent Strangways (1st)
Strangways (2nd)
(10) John Hart 2.jpeg John Hart
MHA for The Burra
— (6th)30 May 187010 November 18711 year, 164 days Independent Hart (3rd)
(9) ArthurBlyth.jpg Arthur Blyth — (6th)
1871 (7th)
10 November 187122 January 187273 days Independent Blyth (2nd)
(8) Henry Ayers.jpg Henry Ayers — (7th)22 January 187222 July 18731 year, 151 days Independent Ayers (6th)
Ayers (7th)
(9) ArthurBlyth.jpg Arthur Blyth — (7th)
1875 (8th)
22 July 18733 June 18751 year, 316 days Independent Blyth (3rd)
(11) Boucat.jpg James Boucaut — (8th)3 June 18756 June 18761 year, 3 days Independent Boucaut (2nd)
Boucaut (3rd)
13 John colton.jpg John Colton
(1823–1902)
MHA for Noarlunga
— (8th)6 June 187626 October 18771 year, 142 days Independent Colton (1st)
(11) Boucat.jpg James Boucaut — (8th)
1878 (9th)
26 October 187727 September 1878336 days Independent Boucaut (4th)
14 William Morgan (Australian politician).jpg William Morgan
(1828–1883)
Councillor
— (9th)
1881 (10th)
27 September 187824 June 18812 years, 270 days Independent Morgan
15 John Cox Bray.jpg John Bray
(1842–1894)
MHA for East Adelaide
— (10th)
1884 (11th)
24 June 188116 June 18842 years, 358 days Independent Bray
(13) John colton.jpg John Colton — (11th)16 June 188416 June 18851 year, 0 days Independent Colton (2nd)
16 John Downer (Australian politician).jpg John Downer
(1843–1915)
MHA for Barossa
— (11th)
1887 (12th)
16 June 188511 June 18871 year, 360 days Independent Downer (1st)
17 Thomas playford II.jpg Thomas Playford (II)
(1837–1915)
MHA for Newcastle
— (12th)11 June 188727 June 18892 years, 16 days Independent Playford II (1st)
18 John Cockburn (Australian politician).jpg John Cockburn
(1850–1929)
MHA for Mount Barker
— (12th)
1890 (13th)
27 June 188919 August 18901 year, 53 daysLiberalism Cockburn
(17) Thomas playford II.jpg Thomas Playford (II)
MHA for East Torrens
— (13th)19 August 189021 June 18921 year, 307 daysConservatism Playford II (2nd)
19 Frederick Holder1.jpg Frederick Holder
(1850–1909)
MHA for Burra
— (13th)21 June 189215 October 1892116 daysLiberalism Holder (1st)
(16) John Downer (Australian politician).jpg John Downer — (13th)15 October 189216 June 1893244 daysConservatism Downer (2nd)
20 Charles Kingston.jpg Charles Kingston
(1850–1908)
MHA for West Adelaide
1893 (14th)
1896 (15th)
1899 (16th)
16 June 18931 December 18996 years, 168 daysLiberalism Kingston
21 Vaiben Solomon1.jpg Vaiben Solomon
(1853–1908)
MHA for Northern Territory
— (16th)1 December 18998 December 18997 daysConservatism Solomon
(19) Frederick Holder1.jpg Frederick Holder — (16th)8 December 189915 May 19011 year, 158 daysLiberalism Holder (2nd)
State Government (1901–present)
22 JohnJenkins.jpg John Jenkins
(1851–1923)
MHA for Torrens
— (16th)
1902 (17th)
15 May 19011 March 19053 years, 290 daysLiberalism Jenkins
23 Sir Richard Butler (Australia).jpg Richard Butler
(1850–1925)
MHA for Barossa
— (17th)1 March 190526 July 1905147 daysConservatism Butler I
24 Thomas Price.jpeg Thomas Price
(1852–1909)
MHA for Torrens
1905 (18th)
1906 (19th)
26 July 19055 June 19093 years, 314 days United Labor Price
25 Archibald Peake.jpg Archibald Peake
(1859–1920)
MHA for Victoria & Albert
— (19th)5 June 19093 June 1910363 days Liberal &
Democratic Union
Peake (1st)
26 JohnVerran.jpg John Verran
(1856–1932)
MHA for Wallaroo
1910 (20th)3 June 191017 February 19121 year, 259 days United Labor Verran
(25) Archibald Peake.jpg Archibald Peake
(1859–1920)
1912 (21st)17 February 19123 April 19153 years, 45 days Liberal Union Peake (2nd)
27 CrawfordVaughan.jpg Crawford Vaughan
(1874–1947)
MHA for Sturt
1915 (22nd)3 April 191514 July 19172 years, 102 days United Labor Vaughan
(25) Archibald Peake.jpg Archibald Peake
(1859–1920)
— (22nd)
1918 (23rd)
14 July 19178 April 19202 years, 269 days Liberal Union Peake (3rd)
28 Henry Barwell.jpg Henry Barwell
(1877–1959)
MHA for Stanley
— (23rd)
1921 (24th)
8 April 192016 April 19244 years, 8 days Liberal Union
(until 1923)
Liberal Federation
(from 1923)
Barwell
29 JohnGunn.jpg John Gunn
(1884–1959)
MHA for Adelaide
1924 (25th)16 April 192428 August 19262 years, 134 days Labor Gunn
30 Lionel Hill1.JPG Lionel Hill
(1881–1963)
MHA for Port Pirie
— (25th)28 August 19268 April 1927223 days Labor Hill (1st)
31 Richard Layton Butler.jpg Richard L. Butler
(1885–1966)
MHA for Wooroora
1927 (26th)8 April 192717 April 19303 years, 9 days Liberal Federation Butler II (1st)
(30) Lionel Hill1.JPG Lionel Hill
(1881–1963)
1930 (27th)17 April 193013 February 19332 years, 302 days Labor Hill (2nd)
32 Robert Richards (Australia).gif Robert Richards
(1885–1967)
MHA for Wallaroo
— (27th)13 February 193318 April 193364 days Labor Richards
(31) Richard Layton Butler.jpg Richard L. Butler
(1885–1966)
1933 (28th)
1938 (29th)
18 April 19335 November 19385 years, 201 days Liberal and
Country League
Butler II (2nd)
33 Playford portrait 38.jpg Thomas Playford (IV)
(1896–1981)
MHA for Gumeracha
— (29th)
1941 (30th)
1944 (31st)
1947 (32nd)
1950 (33rd)
1953 (34th)
1956 (35th)
1959 (36th)
1962 (37th)
5 November 193810 March 196526 years, 125 days Liberal and
Country League
Playford IV (1st)
Playford IV (2nd)
34 FrankWalsh1963.jpg Frank Walsh
(1897–1968)
MHA for Edwardstown
1965 (38th)10 March 19651 June 19672 years, 83 days Labor Walsh
35 Don Dunstan 1968 crop.jpg Don Dunstan
(1926–1999)
MHA for Norwood
— (38th)1 June 196717 April 1968321 days Labor Dunstan (1st)
36 SteeleHall1968crop.jpg Steele Hall
(born 1928)
MHA for Gouger
1968 (39th)17 April 19682 June 19702 years, 46 days Liberal and
Country League
Hall
(35) Don Dunstan 1968 crop.jpg Don Dunstan 1970 (40th)
1973 (41st)
1975 (42nd)
1977 (43rd)
2 June 197015 February 19798 years, 258 days Labor Dunstan (2nd)
37 Des Corcoran.jpg Des Corcoran
(1928–2004)
MHA for Hartley
— (43rd)15 February 197918 September 1979215 days Labor Corcoran
38 David Tonkin.jpg David Tonkin
(1929–2000)
MHA for Bragg
1979 (44th)18 September 197910 November 19823 years, 53 days Liberal Tonkin
39 John Charles Bannon 1943-2015.jpg John Bannon
(1943–2015)
MHA for Ross Smith
1982 (45th)
1985 (46th)
1989 (47th)
10 November 19824 September 19929 years, 299 days Labor Bannon
40 Lynn Arnold
(born 1949)
MHA for Ramsay
— (47th)4 September 199214 December 19931 year, 101 days Labor Arnold
41 Dean Brown
(born 1943)
MHA for Finniss
1993 (48th)14 December 199328 November 19962 years, 350 days Liberal Brown
42 John Olsen (1).jpg John Olsen
(born 1945)
MHA for Kavel
— (48th)
1997 (49th)
28 November 199622 October 20014 years, 328 days Liberal Olsen
43 Rob Kerin
(born 1954)
MHA for Frome
— (49th)22 October 20015 March 2002165 days Liberal Kerin
44 Mike Rann (smiling).jpg Mike Rann
(born 1953)
MHA for Ramsay
2002 (50th)
2006 (51st)
2010 (52nd)
5 March 200221 October 20119 years, 230 days Labor Rann
45 Jay Weatherill crop.jpg Jay Weatherill
(born 1964)
MHA for Cheltenham
— (52nd)
2014 (53rd)
21 October 201119 March 20186 years, 149 days Labor Weatherill
46 PremierMarshall2018.jpg Steven Marshall
(born 1968)
MHA for Dunstan
2018 (54th)19 March 201821 March 20224 years, 2 days Liberal Marshall
47 Peter Malinauskas (cropped).png Peter Malinauskas
(born 1980)
MHA for Croydon
2022 (55th)21 March 2022106 days Labor Malinauskas

Statistics

The median age of a premier on the first day of their first term is roughly 44 years, and 285 days which falls between Francis Dutton and Lionel Hill. The youngest person to assume the office was James Boucaut at 34 years and 150 days. The oldest person to assume office was Frank Walsh at 67 years and 247 days.

The oldest living former premier is Steele Hall, born 30 November 1928 (age 93 years, 217 days). The youngest living former premier is Steven Marshall, born 21 January 1968, (age 54 years, 165 days). The youngest living premier is the incumbent Peter Malinauskas, born 14 August 1980, (age 41 years, 325 days).

The longest-lived premier is Steele Hall who is currently aged 93 years, 217 days. Henry Strangways was the second longest-lived premier, aged 87 years and 88 days. Hall surpassed Strangways' lifespan on 26 February 2016. The second oldest living premier, Dean Brown will tie Strangways' lifespan on 2 July 2030. The shortest-lived premier was John Cox Bray who died at the age of 52 years and 13 days on 13 June 1894.

Steele Hall has the distinction of having the longest retirement of any former premier, currently at 52 years, 33 days since leaving office on 2 June 1970. He surpassed the previous record, held by Henry Strangways (49 years, 256 days) on 13 February 2020. The premier with the shortest retirement is Frank Walsh, who died on 18 May 1968, 352 days after leaving office on 1 June 1967.

#PremierBornTook officeAgeLeft officeAgeDiedLength of retirementLifespan
1 B. T. Finniss 18 August 180724 October 185648 years, 67 days21 August 185749 years, 3 days24 December 189336 years, 125 days85 years, 128 days
2 John Baker 28 December 181321 August 185743 years, 236 days1 September 185743 years, 247 days19 May 187214 years, 261 days58 years, 143 days
3 Robert Torrens 1 July 18141 September 185743 years, 62 days30 September 185743 years, 91 days31 August 188426 years, 336 days70 years, 61 days
4 Richard Hanson 6 December 180530 September 185751 years, 298 days9 May 186054 years, 155 days4 March 187615 years, 300 days70 years, 89 days
5 Thomas Reynolds 27 January 18189 May 186042 years, 103 days8 October 186143 years, 254 days25 February 187513 years, 140 days57 years, 29 days
6 George Waterhouse 6 April 18248 October 186137 years, 185 days4 July 186339 years, 89 days6 August 190643 years, 33 days82 years, 122 days
7 Francis Dutton 18 October 18184 July 186344 years, 259 days20 September 186546 years, 337 days25 January 187711 years, 127 days58 years, 99 days
8 Henry Ayers 1 May 182115 July 186342 years, 75 days22 July 187352 years, 82 days11 June 189723 years, 324 days76 years, 41 days
9 Arthur Blyth 19 March 18234 August 186441 years, 138 days3 June 187552 years, 76 days7 December 189116 years, 187 days68 years, 263 days
10 John Hart 25 February 180923 October 186556 years, 240 days10 November 187162 years, 258 days28 January 18731 year, 79 days63 years, 338 days
11 James Boucaut 29 October 183128 March 186634 years, 150 days19 January 188746 years, 333 days1 February 191637 years, 127 days84 years, 95 days
12 Henry Strangways 14 November 18323 November 186835 years, 355 days30 May 187037 years, 197 days10 February 192049 years, 256 days87 years, 88 days
13 John Colton 23 September 18236 June 187652 years, 257 days16 June 188561 years, 266 days6 February 190216 years, 235 days78 years, 136 days
14 William Morgan 12 September 182827 September 187850 years, 15 days24 June 188152 years, 285 days2 November 18832 years, 131 days55 years, 51 days
15 John Cox Bray 31 May 184224 June 188139 years, 24 days16 June 188442 years, 16 days13 June 18949 years, 362 days52 years, 13 days
16 John Downer 6 July 184316 June 188541 years, 345 days16 June 189349 years, 345 days2 August 191522 years, 47 days72 years, 27 days
17 Thomas Playford II 26 November 183711 June 188749 years, 197 days21 June 189254 years, 208 days19 April 191522 years, 302 days77 years, 144 days
18 John Cockburn 23 August 185027 June 188938 years, 308 days19 August 189039 years, 361 days26 November 192939 years, 99 days79 years, 95 days
19 Frederick Holder 12 May 185021 June 189242 years, 40 days15 May 190151 years, 3 days23 July 19098 years, 69 days59 years, 72 days
20 Charles Kingston 22 October 185016 June 189342 years, 237 days1 December 189949 years, 40 days11 May 19088 years, 162 days57 years, 202 days
21 Vaiben Louis Solomon 13 May 18531 December 189946 years, 202 days8 December 189946 years, 209 days20 October 19088 years, 317 days55 years, 160 days
22 John Jenkins 8 September 185115 May 190149 years, 249 days1 March 190553 years, 174 days22 February 192317 years, 358 days71 years, 167 days
23 Richard Butler 3 December 18501 March 190554 years, 88 days26 July 190554 years, 235 days28 April 192519 years, 276 days74 years, 146 days
24 Thomas Price 19 January 185226 July 190553 years, 188 days31 May 1909 [2] 57 years, 132 days31 May 190957 years, 132 days
25 Archibald Peake 15 January 18595 June 190950 years, 141 days6 April 1920 [2] 61 years, 82 days6 April 192061 years, 82 days
26 John Verran 9 July 18563 June 191053 years, 329 days17 February 191255 years, 223 days7 June 193220 years, 111 days75 years, 334 days
27 Crawford Vaughan 14 July 18743 April 191540 years, 263 days14 July 191743 years, 0 days15 December 194730 years, 154 days73 years, 154 days
28 Henry Barwell 26 February 18778 April 192043 years, 42 days16 April 192447 years, 50 days30 September 195935 years, 167 days82 years, 216 days
29 John Gunn 16 December 188416 April 192439 years, 122 days28 August 192641 years, 255 days27 June 195932 years, 303 days74 years, 193 days
30 Lionel Hill 14 May 188128 August 192645 years, 106 days13 February 193351 years, 275 days19 March 196330 years, 34 days81 years, 309 days
31 Richard Layton Butler 31 March 18858 April 192742 years, 8 days5 November 193853 years, 219 days21 January 196627 years, 77 days80 years, 296 days
32 Robert Richards 31 May 188513 February 193347 years, 258 days13 February 193347 years, 322 days24 April 196734 years, 6 days81 years, 328 days
33 Thomas Playford IV 5 July 18965 November 193842 years, 123 days10 March 196568 years, 248 days16 June 198116 years, 98 days84 years, 346 days
34 Frank Walsh 6 July 189710 March 196567 years, 247 days1 June 196769 years, 330 days18 May 1968352 days70 years, 317 days
35 Don Dunstan 21 September 19261 June 196740 years, 253 days15 February 197952 years, 147 days6 February 199919 years, 356 days72 years, 138 days
36 Steele Hall 30 November 192817 April 196839 years, 139 days2 June 197041 years, 184 days52 years, 33 days93 years, 217 days
37 Des Corcoran 8 November 192815 February 197950 years, 99 days15 February 197950 years, 314 days3 January 200424 years, 107 days75 years, 56 days
38 David Tonkin 20 July 192918 September 197953 years, 113 days10 November 198253 years, 113 days2 October 200017 years, 327 days71 years, 329 days
39 John Bannon 7 May 194310 November 198239 years, 187 days4 September 199249 years, 120 days13 December 201523 years, 100 days72 years, 220 days
40 Lynn Arnold 27 January 19494 September 199243 years, 221 days14 December 199344 years, 321 days28 years, 203 days73 years, 159 days
41 Dean Brown 5 April 194314 December 199350 years, 253 days28 November 199653 years, 237 days25 years, 219 days79 years, 91 days
42 John Olsen 7 June 194528 November 199651 years, 174 days22 October 200156 years, 137 days20 years, 256 days77 years, 28 days
43 Rob Kerin 4 January 195422 October 200147 years, 291 days5 March 200248 years, 60 days20 years, 122 days68 years, 182 days
44 Mike Rann 5 January 19535 March 200249 years, 59 days21 October 201158 years, 289 days10 years, 257 days69 years, 181 days
45 Jay Weatherill 3 April 196421 October 201147 years, 201 days19 March 201853 years, 350 days4 years, 108 days58 years, 93 days
46 Steven Marshall 21 January 196819 March 201850 years, 57 days21 March 202254 years, 59 days106 days54 years, 165 days
47 Peter Malinauskas 14 August 198021 March 202241 years, 219 daysIncumbentIncumbentIncumbent41 years, 325 days

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Living former premiers

Former South Australian premiers (from left) Robert Richards, Richard L. Butler, Lionel Hill and Henry Barwell meet with then Premier Tom Playford in 1940 South Australian premiers.gif
Former South Australian premiers (from left) Robert Richards, Richard L. Butler, Lionel Hill and Henry Barwell meet with then Premier Tom Playford in 1940

There are eight living former premiers, the oldest being Steele Hall (1968–70, born 1928). The most recent premier to die was John Bannon (premier 1982–1992) on 13 December 2015.

NameTerm as premierDate of birth
Steele Hall 1968–197030 November 1928 (age 93)
Lynn Arnold 1992–199327 January 1949 (age 73)
Dean Brown 1993–19965 April 1943 (age 79)
John Olsen 1996–20017 June 1945 (age 77)
Rob Kerin 2001–20024 January 1954 (age 68)
Mike Rann 2002–20115 January 1953 (age 69)
Jay Weatherill 2011–20183 April 1964 (age 58)
Steven Marshall 2018–202221 January 1968 (age 54)

Oldest living premiers of South Australia

Not all premiers live to become the oldest of their time. Of the 38 deceased premiers, 17 eventually became the oldest of their time, while 21 did not (including both premiers who died in office, and 19 others). Richard Hanson became the oldest living premier when he was appointed in 1857 and remained so until his death in 1876 for a record continuous period of 18 years and 156 days. Robert Richards became the oldest living premier when Richard Layton Butler died in 1966, but he survived Butler by only 1 year and 93 days.

On one occasion the oldest living premier lost this distinction not by his death, but due to the appointment of a premier who was older. B. T. Finniss lost this distinction when Richard Hanson was appointed, but when Hanson died in 1876, Finniss regained it again until his own death in 1893 for a record total period of 18 years and 271 days. Steele Hall has held this distinction since Des Corcoran's death on 3 January 2004, If Hall is still alive on 1 October 2022, he will surpass Finniss' record, and become the oldest living premier for the longest period of time.

Henry Strangways was the oldest to acquire this distinction at the age of 83 years and 89 days. Thomas Playford II, who was aged 77 years and 144 days when he died, on 19 April 1915 was the oldest premier to die without ever acquiring this distinction. John Bannon who died on 13 December 2015 aged 72 years and 220 days is the most recent premier to die without ever acquiring this distinction.

PremierPeriod when oldest living premierAgeDuration
Start dateEnd dateat startat end
B. T. Finniss 24 October 185630 September 185749 years, 67 days50 years, 43 days341 days
Richard Hanson 30 September 18574 March 187651 years, 298 days70 years, 89 days18 years, 156 days
B. T. Finniss 4 March 187624 December 189368 years, 199 days86 years, 128 days17 years, 295 days
Henry Ayers 24 December 189311 June 189772 years, 237 days76 years, 41 days3 years, 169 days
John Colton 11 June 18976 February 190273 years, 261 days78 years, 136 days4 years, 240 days
George Waterhouse 6 February 19026 August 190677 years, 306 days82 years, 122 days4 years, 181 days
James Boucaut 6 August 19061 February 191674 years, 281 days84 years, 95 days9 years, 179 days
Henry Strangways 1 February 191610 February 192083 years, 79 days87 years, 88 days4 years, 9 days
John Cockburn 10 February 192026 November 192969 years, 171 days79 years, 95 days9 years, 289 days
John Verran 26 November 19297 June 193273 years, 140 days75 years, 334 days2 years, 194 days
Crawford Vaughan 7 June 193225 December 194757 years, 329 days73 years, 164 days15 years, 201 days
Henry Barwell 25 December 194730 September 195970 years, 302 days82 years, 216 days11 years, 279 days
Lionel Hill 30 September 195919 March 196378 years, 139 days81 years, 309 days3 years, 170 days
Richard Layton Butler 19 March 196321 January 196677 years, 353 days80 years, 296 days2 years, 308 days
Robert Richards 21 January 196624 April 196780 years, 235 days81 years, 328 days1 year, 93 days
Thomas Playford IV 24 April 196716 June 198170 years, 293 days84 years, 346 days14 years, 53 days
Don Dunstan 16 June 19816 February 199954 years, 268 days72 years, 138 days17 years, 235 days
Des Corcoran 6 February 19993 January 200470 years, 90 days75 years, 56 days4 years, 331 days
Steele Hall 3 January 2004Current oldest living premier75 years, 34 daysCurrent oldest living premier18 years, 183 days
PremierStart dateEnd dateAge at startAge at endDuration

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Timeline

In the following timeline, the legend includes the Liberal and Democratic Union, the Liberal Union and the Liberal Federation represented as "Liberal (pre-1979)". The Liberal Party is represented as "Liberal (post-1979)" only. The grey area represents the duration of Playmander electoral malapportionment, beginning in 1936, in effect until the 1970 election.

Peter MalinauskasSteven MarshallJay WeatherillMike RannRob KerinJohn OlsenDean BrownLynn ArnoldJohn BannonDavid Tonkin 1979–1982Des CorcoranSteele HallDon Dunstan 1967–1968Frank WalshThomas Playford IV 1938–1965Robert Richards (Australian politician)Richard Layton ButlerLionel HillJohn Gunn (Australian politician)Henry BarwellCrawford VaughanJohn VerranArchibald PeakeThomas PriceRichard Butler (Australian politician)John Jenkins (Australian politician)Vaiben SolomonCharles KingstonFrederick Holder 1892John Cockburn (Australian politician)Thomas Playford IIJohn DownerJohn Cox BrayWilliam Morgan (South Australian politician)John ColtonHenry StrangwaysJames BoucautJohn Hart (South Australian colonist)Arthur BlythHenry AyresFrancis DuttonGeorge Marsden WaterhouseThomas ReynoldsRichard Hanson (Australian politician)Robert Richard TorrensJohn Baker (Australian politician)Boyle FinnissPremier of South Australia

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