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Governor of Western Australia
Flag of the Governor of Western Australia.svg
Flag of the Governor
Badge of the Governor of Western Australia.svg
former Badge of the Governor
Chris Dawson 2022.jpg
Chris Dawson

since 15 July 2022
Style His Excellency the Honourable
Residence Government House, Perth
Seat Perth
Nominator Premier of Western Australia
Appointer Monarch of Australia
on the advice of the Premier
Term length At His Majesty's pleasure
(usually 5 years by convention)
Formation 6 February 1832
First holder Captain James Stirling

The governor of Western Australia is the representative in Western Australia of the Australian monarch, King Charles III. As with the other governors of the Australian states, the governor of Western Australia performs constitutional, ceremonial and community functions, including:

Furthermore, all bills passed by the Parliament of Western Australia require the governor's signature before they become acts and pass into law. However, since convention almost always requires the governor to act on the advice of the premier and the cabinet, such approval is almost always a formality.

Until the appointment of Sir James Mitchell in 1948, all governors of Western Australia had been British officials. After Mitchell's appointment, a further three Britons served as governor: Mitchell's two immediate successors, and then, from 1980 to 1983, Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Trowbridge who was the last British governor of any Australian state.


The governor of Western Australia is styled "His Excellency" during his term in office (or Her Excellency for a female governor). In August 2014, three of the four living past governors – John Sanderson, Ken Michael and Malcolm McCusker – were given the style "The Honourable", on the recommendation of the premier. The other living former governor, Michael Jeffery, already held the style in virtue of his later service as governor-general of Australia.

Governor's standard

The governor's standard of Western Australia is the same design as the British blue ensign with the union flag at the upper left quarter. On the right side, the state badge of Western Australia, comprising a black swan in a yellow disc, is surmounted by the St. Edward's crown.

If the standard is flying at Government House, on a vehicle or at an event, this indicates that the governor is present.

List of governors and lieutenant-governors of Western Australia

List of Governors

No. Portrait Governor From To
1 Jamesstirling.jpg Captain Sir James Stirling RN 4 March 1832 2 January 1839
2 John Hutt.jpg John Hutt 3 January 1839 26 January 1846
3 Andrew Clarke.jpg Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Clarke KCH 27 January 1846 11 February 1847
- Frederick Irwin (1788-1860).jpg Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Irwin (acting Governor) 12 February 1847 11 August 1848
4 Charles Fitzgerald.jpg Captain Charles Fitzgerald 12 August 1848 22 July 1855
5 ArthurEdwardKennedy.jpg Sir Arthur Kennedy GCMG CB 23 July 1855 27 February 1862
6 John Hampton.jpg Dr John Hampton 28 February 1862 1 November 1868
7 Benjamin Pine.jpg Sir Benjamin Pine 2 November 1868 29 September 1869
8 Frederick Weld.jpg The Hon. Sir Frederick Weld GCMG 30 September 1869 10 January 1875
9 Williamrobinson.jpg Sir William Robinson GCMG 11 January 1875 11 November 1877
10 HarryStGeorgeOrd-1877-1880.jpg Major General The Hon. Sir Harry Ord GCMG CB RE 12 November 1877 9 April 1880
- Williamrobinson.jpg Sir William Robinson GCMG (2nd time) 10 April 1880 1 June 1883
11 Frederick Broome.jpg Sir Frederick Broome KCMG 2 June 1883 19 October 1890
- Williamrobinson.jpg Sir William Robinson GCMG (3rd time) 20 October 1890 22 December 1895
12 Lieutenant Colonel Sir Gerard Smith KCMG 23 December 1895 30 April 1901
13 Arthur Lawley, 6th Baron Wenlock.png Sir Arthur Lawley GCIE KCMG 1 May 1901 23 March 1903
14 Frederick Bedford Vanity Fair 3 December 1903.jpg Admiral Sir Frederick Bedford KCB 24 March 1903 30 May 1909
15 Gerald Strickland 1930s.jpg Sir Gerald Strickland KCMG 31 May 1909 16 March 1913
16 HarryBarron.jpg Major General Sir Harry Barron KCMG CVO 17 March 1913 8 April 1917
17 WGEllison-Macartney.jpg The Rt Hon. Sir William Ellison-Macartney KCMG 9 April 1917 8 April 1920
18 Francis Newdegate.jpg Sir Francis Newdegate GCMG 9 April 1920 27 October 1924
19 William Campion.jpg Colonel Sir William Campion KCMG DSO TD 28 October 1924 8 June 1931
N/A 1931 1948
20 Sir James Mitchell.jpg Sir James Mitchell GCMG 5 October 1948 30 June 1951
21 General Sir Charles Gairdner GBE KCMG KCVO CB 6 November 1951 25 October 1963
22 Major General Sir Douglas Kendrew KCMG CB CBE DSO 25 October 1963 6 January 1974
23 HughieEdwards.jpg Air Commodore Sir Hughie Edwards VC KCMG CB DSO OBE DFC 7 January 1974 2 April 1975
24 Air Chief Marshal Sir Wallace Hart Kyle GCB KCVO CBE DSO DFC 24 November 1975 24 November 1980
25 Richardtrowbridge.jpg Rear Admiral Sir Richard Trowbridge KCVO 25 November 1980 24 November 1983
26 Professor Gordon Reid AC 2 July 1984 30 September 1989
27 The Hon. Sir Francis Burt AC KCMG QC 20 March 1990 31 October 1993
28 Jeffery Michael 030238DI-002.jpg Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC 1 November 1993 17 August 2000
29 Lieutenant General John Sanderson AC 18 August 2000 31 October 2005
30 Ken Michael.jpg Dr Ken Michael AC 18 January 2006 2 May 2011
31 11 Nov gnangarra-10.jpg Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC 1 July 2011 30 June 2014
32 Kerry Sanderson Governor of Western Australia crop.jpg Kerry Sanderson AC 20 October 2014 1 May 2018
33 Kim Beazley crop.jpg Kim Beazley AC 1 May 2018 30 June 2022
34 Chris Dawson 2022.jpg Chris Dawson 15 July 2022 Current

List of Lieutenant-governors

The lieutenant-governor serves as deputy to the governor, fulfilling the governor's functions in the governor's absence.

Stirling was only commissioned as the governor of Western Australia on 4 March 1831, rectifying the absence of a legal instrument providing the authority detailed in Stirling's Instructions of 30 December 1828. Stirling had said of his own position:

I believe I am the first Governor who ever formed a settlement without Commission, Laws, Instructions and Salary.

No. Portrait Lieutenant-Governor From To
1 Jamesstirling.jpg Captain Sir James Stirling RN 30 December 1828 5 February 1832
N/A Peter Quinlan 27 November 2019 Current
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