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Premier of South Australia

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
StatusHead of Government
Member of
Reports toParliament
SeatState Administration Centre
200 Victoria Square, Adelaide
AppointerGovernor of South Australia
by convention, based on appointee's ability to command confidence in the House of Assembly
Term lengthAt 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 holderBoyle Finniss
DeputyDeputy Premier of South Australia
SalaryA$418,000
Websitewww.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.

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.

Colour key
(for political parties)
 Liberalism
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No. Portrait Name

Constituency (Birth–Death)

Election

(Parliament)

Term of office Political party Ministry
Took office Left office Time in office
Colonial Government (1856–1901)
1 B. T. Finniss 2.jpeg Boyle Finniss
(1807–1893)
MHA for Adelaide
1857 (1st) 24 October 1856 21 August 1857 301 days Independent Finniss
2 John Baker SA.jpg John Baker
(1813–1872)
Councillor
— (1st) 21 August 1857 1 September 1857 11 days Independent Baker
3 Robert Richard Torrens.jpg Robert Richard Torrens
(1814–1884)
MHA for Adelaide
— (1st) 1 September 1857 30 September 1857 29 days Independent Torrens
4 Richard Hanson (Australia).jpg Richard Hanson
(1805–1876)
MHA for Adelaide
— (1st) 30 September 1857 9 May 1860 2 years, 222 days Independent Hanson
5 Thomas Reynolds (Australian politician).jpg Thomas Reynolds
(1818–1875)
MHA for Adelaide
1860 (2nd) 9 May 1860 8 October 1861 1 year, 152 days Independent Reynolds (1st)
Reynolds (2nd)
6 George Marsden Waterhouse.jpg George Waterhouse
(1824–1906)
Councillor
— (2nd)
1862 (3rd)
8 October 1861 4 July 1863 1 year, 269 days Independent Waterhouse (1st)
Waterhouse (2nd)
7 Francis Dutton.jpg Francis Dutton
(1818–1877)
MHA for Light
— (3rd) 4 July 1863 15 July 1863 11 days Independent Dutton (1st)
8 Henry Ayers.jpg Henry Ayers
(1821–1897)
Councillor
— (3rd) 15 July 1863 4 August 1864 1 year, 20 days Independent Ayers (1st)
Ayers (2nd)
9 ArthurBlyth.jpg Arthur Blyth
(1823–1891)
MHA for Gumeracha
— (3rd) 4 August 1864 22 March 1865 230 days Independent Blyth (1st)
(7) Francis Dutton.jpg Francis Dutton 1865 (4th) 22 March 1865 20 September 1865 182 days Independent Dutton (2nd)
(8) Henry Ayers.jpg Henry Ayers — (4th) 20 September 1865 23 October 1865 33 days Independent Ayers (3rd)
10 John Hart 2.jpeg John Hart
(1809–1873)
MHA for Port Adelaide
— (4th) 23 October 1865 28 March 1866 156 days Independent Hart (1st)
11 Boucat.jpg James Boucaut
(1831–1916)
MHA for Encounter Bay
— (4th) 28 March 1866 3 May 1867 1 year, 36 days Independent Boucaut (1st)
(8) Henry Ayers.jpg Henry Ayers — (4th)
1868 (5th)
3 May 1867 24 September 1868 1 year, 144 days Independent Ayers (4th)
(10) John Hart 2.jpeg John Hart
MHA for Light
— (5th) 24 September 1868 13 October 1868 19 days Independent Hart (2nd)
(8) Henry Ayers.jpg Henry Ayers — (5th) 13 October 1868 3 November 1868 21 days Independent Ayers (5th)
12 Henry Strangways.jpg Henry Strangways
(1832–1920)
MHA for West Torrens
— (5th)
1870 (6th)
3 November 1868 30 May 1870 1 year, 208 days Independent Strangways (1st)
Strangways (2nd)
(10) John Hart 2.jpeg John Hart
MHA for The Burra
— (6th) 30 May 1870 10 November 1871 1 year, 164 days Independent Hart (3rd)
(9) ArthurBlyth.jpg Arthur Blyth — (6th)
1871 (7th)
10 November 1871 22 January 1872 73 days Independent Blyth (2nd)
(8) Henry Ayers.jpg Henry Ayers — (7th) 22 January 1872 22 July 1873 1 year, 151 days Independent Ayers (6th)
Ayers (7th)
(9) ArthurBlyth.jpg Arthur Blyth — (7th)
1875 (8th)
22 July 1873 3 June 1875 1 year, 316 days Independent Blyth (3rd)
(11) Boucat.jpg James Boucaut — (8th) 3 June 1875 6 June 1876 1 year, 3 days Independent Boucaut (2nd)
Boucaut (3rd)
13 John colton.jpg John Colton
(1823–1902)
MHA for Noarlunga
— (8th) 6 June 1876 26 October 1877 1 year, 142 days Independent Colton (1st)
(11) Boucat.jpg James Boucaut — (8th)
1878 (9th)
26 October 1877 27 September 1878 336 days Independent Boucaut (4th)
14 William Morgan (Australian politician).jpg William Morgan
(1828–1883)
Councillor
— (9th)
1881 (10th)
27 September 1878 24 June 1881 2 years, 270 days Independent Morgan
15 John Cox Bray.jpg John Bray
(1842–1894)
MHA for East Adelaide
— (10th)
1884 (11th)
24 June 1881 16 June 1884 2 years, 358 days Independent Bray
(13) John colton.jpg John Colton — (11th) 16 June 1884 16 June 1885 1 year, 0 days Independent Colton (2nd)
16 John Downer (Australian politician).jpg John Downer
(1843–1915)
MHA for Barossa
— (11th)
1887 (12th)
16 June 1885 11 June 1887 1 year, 360 days Independent Downer (1st)
17 Thomas playford II.jpg Thomas Playford (II)
(1837–1915)
MHA for Newcastle
— (12th) 11 June 1887 27 June 1889 2 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 1889 19 August 1890 1 year, 53 days Liberalism Cockburn
(17) Thomas playford II.jpg Thomas Playford (II)
MHA for East Torrens
— (13th) 19 August 1890 21 June 1892 1 year, 307 days Conservatism Playford II (2nd)
19 Frederick Holder1.jpg Frederick Holder
(1850–1909)
MHA for Burra
— (13th) 21 June 1892 15 October 1892 116 days Liberalism Holder (1st)
(16) John Downer (Australian politician).jpg John Downer — (13th) 15 October 1892 16 June 1893 244 days Conservatism Downer (2nd)
20 Charles Kingston.jpg Charles Kingston
(1850–1908)
MHA for West Adelaide
1893 (14th)
1896 (15th)
1899 (16th)
16 June 1893 1 December 1899 6 years, 168 days Liberalism Kingston
21 Vaiben Solomon1.jpg Vaiben Solomon
(1853–1908)
MHA for Northern Territory
— (16th) 1 December 1899 8 December 1899 7 days Conservatism Solomon
(19) Frederick Holder1.jpg Frederick Holder — (16th) 8 December 1899 15 May 1901 1 year, 158 days Liberalism Holder (2nd)
State Government (1901–present)
22 JohnJenkins.jpg John Jenkins
(1851–1923)
MHA for Torrens
— (16th)
1902 (17th)
15 May 1901 1 March 1905 3 years, 290 days Liberalism Jenkins
23 Sir Richard Butler (Australia).jpg Richard Butler
(1850–1925)
MHA for Barossa
— (17th) 1 March 1905 26 July 1905 147 days Conservatism Butler I
24 Thomas Price.jpeg Thomas Price
(1852–1909)
MHA for Torrens
1905 (18th)
1906 (19th)
26 July 1905 5 June 1909 3 years, 314 days United Labor Price
25 Archibald Peake.jpg Archibald Peake
(1859–1920)
MHA for Victoria & Albert
— (19th) 5 June 1909 3 June 1910 363 days Liberal &
Democratic Union
Peake (1st)
26 JohnVerran.jpg John Verran
(1856–1932)
MHA for Wallaroo
1910 (20th) 3 June 1910 17 February 1912 1 year, 259 days United Labor Verran
(25) Archibald Peake.jpg Archibald Peake
(1859–1920)
1912 (21st) 17 February 1912 3 April 1915 3 years, 45 days Liberal Union Peake (2nd)
27 CrawfordVaughan.jpg Crawford Vaughan
(1874–1947)
MHA for Sturt
1915 (22nd) 3 April 1915 14 July 1917 2 years, 102 days United Labor Vaughan
(25) Archibald Peake.jpg Archibald Peake
(1859–1920)
— (22nd)
1918 (23rd)
14 July 1917 8 April 1920 2 years, 269 days Liberal Union Peake (3rd)
28 Henry Barwell.jpg Henry Barwell
(1877–1959)
MHA for Stanley
— (23rd)
1921 (24th)
8 April 1920 16 April 1924 4 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 1924 28 August 1926 2 years, 134 days Labor Gunn
30 Lionel Hill1.JPG Lionel Hill
(1881–1963)
MHA for Port Pirie
— (25th) 28 August 1926 8 April 1927 223 days Labor Hill (1st)
31 Richard Layton Butler.jpg Richard L. Butler
(1885–1966)
MHA for Wooroora
1927 (26th) 8 April 1927 17 April 1930 3 years, 9 days Liberal Federation Butler II (1st)
(30) Lionel Hill1.JPG Lionel Hill
(1881–1963)
1930 (27th) 17 April 1930 13 February 1933 2 years, 302 days Labor Hill (2nd)
32 Robert Richards (Australia).gif Robert Richards
(1885–1967)
MHA for Wallaroo
— (27th) 13 February 1933 18 April 1933 64 days Labor Richards
(31) Richard Layton Butler.jpg Richard L. Butler
(1885–1966)
1933 (28th)
1938 (29th)
18 April 1933 5 November 1938 5 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 1938 10 March 1965 26 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 1965 1 June 1967 2 years, 83 days Labor Walsh
35 Don Dunstan 1968 crop.jpg Don Dunstan
(1926–1999)
MHA for Norwood
— (38th) 1 June 1967 17 April 1968 321 days Labor Dunstan (1st)
36 SteeleHall1968crop.jpg Steele Hall
(born 1928)
MHA for Gouger
1968 (39th) 17 April 1968 2 June 1970 2 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 1970 15 February 1979 8 years, 258 days Labor Dunstan (2nd)
37 Des Corcoran.jpg Des Corcoran
(1928–2004)
MHA for Hartley
— (43rd) 15 February 1979 18 September 1979 215 days Labor Corcoran
38 David Tonkin.jpg David Tonkin
(1929–2000)
MHA for Bragg
1979 (44th) 18 September 1979 10 November 1982 3 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 1982 4 September 1992 9 years, 299 days Labor Bannon
40 Lynn Arnold
(born 1949)
MHA for Ramsay
— (47th) 4 September 1992 14 December 1993 1 year, 101 days Labor Arnold
41 Dean Brown
(born 1943)
MHA for Finniss
1993 (48th) 14 December 1993 28 November 1996 2 years, 350 days Liberal Brown
42 John Olsen (1).jpg John Olsen
(born 1945)
MHA for Kavel
— (48th)
1997 (49th)
28 November 1996 22 October 2001 4 years, 328 days Liberal Olsen
43 Rob Kerin
(born 1954)
MHA for Frome
— (49th) 22 October 2001 5 March 2002 165 days Liberal Kerin
44 Mike Rann (smiling).jpg Mike Rann
(born 1953)
MHA for Ramsay
2002 (50th)
2006 (51st)
2010 (52nd)
5 March 2002 21 October 2011 9 years, 230 days Labor Rann
45 Jay Weatherill crop.jpg Jay Weatherill
(born 1964)
MHA for Cheltenham
— (52nd)
2014 (53rd)
21 October 2011 19 March 2018 6 years, 149 days Labor Weatherill
46 PremierMarshall2018.jpg Steven Marshall
(born 1968)
MHA for Dunstan
2018 (54th) 19 March 2018 21 March 2022 4 years, 2 days Liberal Marshall
47 Peter Malinauskas (cropped).png Peter Malinauskas
(born 1980)
MHA for Croydon
2022 (55th) 21 March 2022 160 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, 271 days). The youngest living former premier is Steven Marshall, born 21 January 1968, (age 54 years, 219 days). The youngest living premier is the incumbent Peter Malinauskas, born 14 August 1980, (age 42 years, 14 days).

The longest-lived premier is Steele Hall who is currently aged 93 years, 271 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, 87 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.

# Premier Born Took office Age Left office Age Died Length of retirement Lifespan
1 B. T. Finniss 18 August 1807 24 October 1856 48 years, 67 days 21 August 1857 49 years, 3 days 24 December 1893 36 years, 125 days 85 years, 128 days
2 John Baker 28 December 1813 21 August 1857 43 years, 236 days 1 September 1857 43 years, 247 days 19 May 1872 14 years, 261 days 58 years, 143 days
3 Robert Torrens 1 July 1814 1 September 1857 43 years, 62 days 30 September 1857 43 years, 91 days 31 August 1884 26 years, 336 days 70 years, 61 days
4 Richard Hanson 6 December 1805 30 September 1857 51 years, 298 days 9 May 1860 54 years, 155 days 4 March 1876 15 years, 300 days 70 years, 89 days
5 Thomas Reynolds 27 January 1818 9 May 1860 42 years, 103 days 8 October 1861 43 years, 254 days 25 February 1875 13 years, 140 days 57 years, 29 days
6 George Waterhouse 6 April 1824 8 October 1861 37 years, 185 days 4 July 1863 39 years, 89 days 6 August 1906 43 years, 33 days 82 years, 122 days
7 Francis Dutton 18 October 1818 4 July 1863 44 years, 259 days 20 September 1865 46 years, 337 days 25 January 1877 11 years, 127 days 58 years, 99 days
8 Henry Ayers 1 May 1821 15 July 1863 42 years, 75 days 22 July 1873 52 years, 82 days 11 June 1897 23 years, 324 days 76 years, 41 days
9 Arthur Blyth 19 March 1823 4 August 1864 41 years, 138 days 3 June 1875 52 years, 76 days 7 December 1891 16 years, 187 days 68 years, 263 days
10 John Hart 25 February 1809 23 October 1865 56 years, 240 days 10 November 1871 62 years, 258 days 28 January 1873 1 year, 79 days 63 years, 338 days
11 James Boucaut 29 October 1831 28 March 1866 34 years, 150 days 19 January 1887 46 years, 333 days 1 February 1916 37 years, 127 days 84 years, 95 days
12 Henry Strangways 14 November 1832 3 November 1868 35 years, 355 days 30 May 1870 37 years, 197 days 10 February 1920 49 years, 256 days 87 years, 88 days
13 John Colton 23 September 1823 6 June 1876 52 years, 257 days 16 June 1885 61 years, 266 days 6 February 1902 16 years, 235 days 78 years, 136 days
14 William Morgan 12 September 1828 27 September 1878 50 years, 15 days 24 June 1881 52 years, 285 days 2 November 1883 2 years, 131 days 55 years, 51 days
15 John Cox Bray 31 May 1842 24 June 1881 39 years, 24 days 16 June 1884 42 years, 16 days 13 June 1894 9 years, 362 days 52 years, 13 days
16 John Downer 6 July 1843 16 June 1885 41 years, 345 days 16 June 1893 49 years, 345 days 2 August 1915 22 years, 47 days 72 years, 27 days
17 Thomas Playford II 26 November 1837 11 June 1887 49 years, 197 days 21 June 1892 54 years, 208 days 19 April 1915 22 years, 302 days 77 years, 144 days
18 John Cockburn 23 August 1850 27 June 1889 38 years, 308 days 19 August 1890 39 years, 361 days 26 November 1929 39 years, 99 days 79 years, 95 days
19 Frederick Holder 12 May 1850 21 June 1892 42 years, 40 days 15 May 1901 51 years, 3 days 23 July 1909 8 years, 69 days 59 years, 72 days
20 Charles Kingston 22 October 1850 16 June 1893 42 years, 237 days 1 December 1899 49 years, 40 days 11 May 1908 8 years, 162 days 57 years, 202 days
21 Vaiben Louis Solomon 13 May 1853 1 December 1899 46 years, 202 days 8 December 1899 46 years, 209 days 20 October 1908 8 years, 317 days 55 years, 160 days
22 John Jenkins 8 September 1851 15 May 1901 49 years, 249 days 1 March 1905 53 years, 174 days 22 February 1923 17 years, 358 days 71 years, 167 days
23 Richard Butler 3 December 1850 1 March 1905 54 years, 88 days 26 July 1905 54 years, 235 days 28 April 1925 19 years, 276 days 74 years, 146 days
24 Thomas Price 19 January 1852 26 July 1905 53 years, 188 days 31 May 1909 57 years, 132 days 31 May 1909 N/A 57 years, 132 days
25 Archibald Peake 15 January 1859 5 June 1909 50 years, 141 days 6 April 1920 61 years, 82 days 6 April 1920 N/A 61 years, 82 days
26 John Verran 9 July 1856 3 June 1910 53 years, 329 days 17 February 1912 55 years, 223 days 7 June 1932 20 years, 111 days 75 years, 334 days
27 Crawford Vaughan 14 July 1874 3 April 1915 40 years, 263 days 14 July 1917 43 years, 0 days 15 December 1947 30 years, 154 days 73 years, 154 days
28 Henry Barwell 26 February 1877 8 April 1920 43 years, 42 days 16 April 1924 47 years, 50 days 30 September 1959 35 years, 167 days 82 years, 216 days
29 John Gunn 16 December 1884 16 April 1924 39 years, 122 days 28 August 1926 41 years, 255 days 27 June 1959 32 years, 303 days 74 years, 193 days
30 Lionel Hill 14 May 1881 28 August 1926 45 years, 106 days 13 February 1933 51 years, 275 days 19 March 1963 30 years, 34 days 81 years, 309 days
31 Richard Layton Butler 31 March 1885 8 April 1927 42 years, 8 days 5 November 1938 53 years, 219 days 21 January 1966 27 years, 77 days 80 years, 296 days
32 Robert Richards 31 May 1885 13 February 1933 47 years, 258 days 13 February 1933 47 years, 322 days 24 April 1967 34 years, 6 days 81 years, 328 days
33 Thomas Playford IV 5 July 1896 5 November 1938 42 years, 123 days 10 March 1965 68 years, 248 days 16 June 1981 16 years, 98 days 84 years, 346 days
34 Frank Walsh 6 July 1897 10 March 1965 67 years, 247 days 1 June 1967 69 years, 330 days 18 May 1968 352 days 70 years, 317 days
35 Don Dunstan 21 September 1926 1 June 1967 40 years, 253 days 15 February 1979 52 years, 147 days 6 February 1999 19 years, 356 days 72 years, 138 days
36 Steele Hall 30 November 1928 17 April 1968 39 years, 139 days 2 June 1970 41 years, 184 days 52 years, 87 days 93 years, 271 days
37 Des Corcoran 8 November 1928 15 February 1979 50 years, 99 days 15 February 1979 50 years, 314 days 3 January 2004 24 years, 107 days 75 years, 56 days
38 David Tonkin 20 July 1929 18 September 1979 53 years, 113 days 10 November 1982 53 years, 113 days 2 October 2000 17 years, 327 days 71 years, 329 days
39 John Bannon 7 May 1943 10 November 1982 39 years, 187 days 4 September 1992 49 years, 120 days 13 December 2015 23 years, 100 days 72 years, 220 days
40 Lynn Arnold 27 January 1949 4 September 1992 43 years, 221 days 14 December 1993 44 years, 321 days 28 years, 257 days 73 years, 213 days
41 Dean Brown 5 April 1943 14 December 1993 50 years, 253 days 28 November 1996 53 years, 237 days 25 years, 273 days 79 years, 145 days
42 John Olsen 7 June 1945 28 November 1996 51 years, 174 days 22 October 2001 56 years, 137 days 20 years, 310 days 77 years, 82 days
43 Rob Kerin 4 January 1954 22 October 2001 47 years, 291 days 5 March 2002 48 years, 60 days 20 years, 176 days 68 years, 236 days
44 Mike Rann 5 January 1953 5 March 2002 49 years, 59 days 21 October 2011 58 years, 289 days 10 years, 311 days 69 years, 235 days
45 Jay Weatherill 3 April 1964 21 October 2011 47 years, 201 days 19 March 2018 53 years, 350 days 4 years, 162 days 58 years, 147 days
46 Steven Marshall 21 January 1968 19 March 2018 50 years, 57 days 21 March 2022 54 years, 59 days 160 days 54 years, 219 days
47 Peter Malinauskas 14 August 1980 21 March 2022 41 years, 219 days Incumbent Incumbent Incumbent 42 years, 14 days

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

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.

Name Term as premier Date of birth
Steele Hall 1968–1970 (1928-11-30) 30 November 1928 (age 93)
Lynn Arnold 1992–1993 (1949-01-27) 27 January 1949 (age 73)
Dean Brown 1993–1996 (1943-04-05) 5 April 1943 (age 79)
John Olsen 1996–2001 (1945-06-07) 7 June 1945 (age 77)
Rob Kerin 2001–2002 (1954-01-04) 4 January 1954 (age 68)
Mike Rann 2002–2011 (1953-01-05) 5 January 1953 (age 69)
Jay Weatherill 2011–2018 (1964-04-03) 3 April 1964 (age 58)
Steven Marshall 2018–2022 (1968-01-21) 21 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.

Premier Period when oldest living premier Age Duration
Start date End date at start at end
B. T. Finniss 24 October 1856 30 September 1857 49 years, 67 days 50 years, 43 days 341 days
Richard Hanson 30 September 1857 4 March 1876 51 years, 298 days 70 years, 89 days 18 years, 156 days
B. T. Finniss 4 March 1876 24 December 1893 68 years, 199 days 86 years, 128 days 17 years, 295 days
Henry Ayers 24 December 1893 11 June 1897 72 years, 237 days 76 years, 41 days 3 years, 169 days
John Colton 11 June 1897 6 February 1902 73 years, 261 days 78 years, 136 days 4 years, 240 days
George Waterhouse 6 February 1902 6 August 1906 77 years, 306 days 82 years, 122 days 4 years, 181 days
James Boucaut 6 August 1906 1 February 1916 74 years, 281 days 84 years, 95 days 9 years, 179 days
Henry Strangways 1 February 1916 10 February 1920 83 years, 79 days 87 years, 88 days 4 years, 9 days
John Cockburn 10 February 1920 26 November 1929 69 years, 171 days 79 years, 95 days 9 years, 289 days
John Verran 26 November 1929 7 June 1932 73 years, 140 days 75 years, 334 days 2 years, 194 days
Crawford Vaughan 7 June 1932 25 December 1947 57 years, 329 days 73 years, 164 days 15 years, 201 days
Henry Barwell 25 December 1947 30 September 1959 70 years, 302 days 82 years, 216 days 11 years, 279 days
Lionel Hill 30 September 1959 19 March 1963 78 years, 139 days 81 years, 309 days 3 years, 170 days
Richard Layton Butler 19 March 1963 21 January 1966 77 years, 353 days 80 years, 296 days 2 years, 308 days
Robert Richards 21 January 1966 24 April 1967 80 years, 235 days 81 years, 328 days 1 year, 93 days
Thomas Playford IV 24 April 1967 16 June 1981 70 years, 293 days 84 years, 346 days 14 years, 53 days
Don Dunstan 16 June 1981 6 February 1999 54 years, 268 days 72 years, 138 days 17 years, 235 days
Des Corcoran 6 February 1999 3 January 2004 70 years, 90 days 75 years, 56 days 4 years, 331 days
Steele Hall 3 January 2004 Current oldest living premier 75 years, 34 days Current oldest living premier 18 years, 237 days
Premier Start date End date Age at start Age at end Duration

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 Finniss

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