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Premiers of Victoria

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This is a list of Premiers in the Australian state of Victoria.

List of Premiers of Victoria

Before the 1890s there was no formal party system in Victoria. Party labels before that time indicate a general tendency only. From the 1880s until after Federation in 1901 Victorian politics were dominated by Protectionist Liberals, who were opposed by Free Trade Conservatives. The Labor Party did not emerge as a major party until after 1910, which meant that Victoria was slow to develop a two-party system. Labor did not win a majority in the Legislative Assembly until 1952, and until that time weak minority governments were common. Since 1952 Victoria has had a stable two-party system.

See Premiers of the Australian states for a description and history of the office of Premier.

PremierPartyTook office
William Haines-30 November 1855
John O'Shanassy-11 March 1857
William Haines-29 April 1857
John O'Shanassy-10 March 1858
William Nicholson-27 October 1859
Richard Heales-26 November 1860
John O'Shanassy-14 November 1861
James McCulloch-27 June 1863
Charles Sladen-6 May 1868
James McCulloch-11 July 1868
John MacPherson-20 September 1869
Sir James McCulloch-9 April 1870
Charles Gavan Duffy-19 June 1871
James Francis-10 June 1872
George Kerferd-31 July 1874
Graham BerryLiberal7 August 1875
Sir James McCulloch-20 October 1875
Graham BerryLiberal21 May 1877
James Service-5 March 1880
Graham BerryLiberal3 August 1880
Sir Bryan O'Loghlen-9 July 1881
James Service-8 March 1883
Duncan GilliesConservative18 February 1886
James MunroConservative5 November 1890
William ShielsLiberal16 February 1892
Sir James PattersonConservative23 January 1893
Sir George TurnerLiberal27 September 1894
Allan McLeanLiberal5 December 1899
Sir George TurnerLiberal19 November 1900
Alexander PeacockLiberal12 February 1901
William IrvineReform10 June 1902
Sir Thomas BentReform16 February 1904
John MurrayComwlth Liberal8 January 1909
William WattComwlth Liberal18 May 1912
George ElmslieLabor9 December 1913
William WattComwlth Liberal22 December 1913
Sir Alexander PeacockComwlth Liberal18 June 1914
John BowserNationalist29 November 1917
Harry LawsonNationalist21 March 1918
Sir Alexander PeacockNationalist28 April 1924
George PrendergastLabor18 July 1924
John AllanCountry Party18 November 1924
Edmond HoganLabor20 May 1927
Sir William McPhersonNationalist22 November 1928
Edmond HoganLabor12 December 1929
Sir Stanley ArgyleUnited Australia19 May 1932
Albert DunstanCountry Party2 April 1935
John Cain ILabor14 September 1943
Albert DunstanCountry Party18 September 1943
Ian McFarlanLiberal2 October 1945
John Cain ILabor21 November 1945
Thomas HollwayLiberal20 November 1947
John McDonaldCountry Party27 June 1950
Thomas HollwayElectoral Reform28 October 1952
John McDonaldCountry Party31 October 1952
John Cain ILabor17 December 1952
Sir Henry BolteLiberal7 June 1955
Rupert HamerLiberal23 August 1972
Lindsay ThompsonLiberal5 June 1981
John Cain IILabor8 April 1982
Joan KirnerLabor9 August 1990
Jeff KennettLiberal6 October 1992
Steve BracksLabor19 October 1999
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