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Governor of Tasmania
Badge of the Governor of Tasmania.svg
Badge of the Governor
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Incumbent
Kate Warner
AM

sinceĀ 10 December 2014
Viceroy
Style Her Excellency
Residence Government House, Hobart
Appointer Australian monarch
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation 8 January 1855
First holder Sir Henry Fox Young
Website www.govhouse.tas.gov.au
Flag of the Governor of Tasmania
Standard of the Governor of Tasmania
Flag of the Governor of Tasmania 1876-1977
Standard of the Governor of Tasmania (1876-1977)

The Governor of Tasmania is the representative in the Australian state of Tasmania of Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. The Governor performs the same constitutional and ceremonial functions at the state level as the Governor-General of Australia does at the national level.

In accordance with the conventions of the Westminster system of parliamentary government, the Governor nearly always acts solely on the advice of the head of the elected government, the Premier of Tasmania. Nevertheless, the Governor retains the reserve powers of the Crown, and has the right to dismiss the Premier.

See Governors of the Australian states for a description and history of the office of Governor.

The official residence of the Governor is Government House located at the Queens Domain.

The first Australian-born Governor of Tasmania was Sir Stanley Burbury (appointed 1973). The first Tasmanian-born governor was Sir Guy Green (appointed 1995). Since Burbury, all Tasmanian governors have been Australian-born, except for Peter Underwood, who was born in Britain but emigrated to Australia when a teenager. The position was vacant for over five months in 2014, due to the unexpected death of the incumbent Peter Underwood on 7 July, with Chief Justice and Lieutenant-Governor Alan Blow acting as Administrator. On 10 November, Premier Will Hodgman announced that University of Tasmania legal academic Kate Warner would be appointed as the state's first female governor. Warner was sworn in on 10 December.

As from the appointment of Kate Warner as Governor in December 2014, The Queen, upon the recommendation of the Premier, accorded Professor Warner, and all future Governors, the title 'The Honourable' for life.

Divided in two

Between 1804 and 1813, Van Diemen's Land was divided along the 42nd parallel, and the two sections governed as separate "Lieutenant-Governorships" under the Governor of New South Wales. Collins was the only officially appointed Lieutenant-Governorā€”upon his death in 1810, the government in Hobart Town was administered, by the Commandants at Hobart Town (Lord, Murray and Geils). The northern settlement at Port Dalrymple (now George Town) was administered by four Commandants until the settlements were merged to form the single colony under the governorship of Thomas Davey in 1813.

Lieutenant-Governor and Commandants in the south

No. Lieutenant-Governor From To
1 David Collins.jpg Colonel David Collins 1804 1810
2 Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg Lieutenant Edward Lord
(Commandant at Hobart Town)
March 1810 July 1810
3 Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg Captain John Murray
(Commandant at Hobart Town)
1810 1812
4 Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Geils
(Commandant at Hobart Town)
1812 1813

Commandants in the north

No. Commandant at Port Dalrymple From To
1 William Patterson.jpg Colonel William Paterson 1804 1808
2 Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg Captain John Brabyn 1808 1810
3 Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg Major George Alexander Gordon 1810 1812
4 Tudor Crown (Heraldry).svg Captain John Ritchie 1812 1812

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