Governors of Queensland
On 10 December 1859 Letters Patent issued by Queen Victoria were read to an elated audience, proclaiming Queensland to be a new colony, separate from New South Wales. From that day forward, Queenslanders were in charge of their own affairs.
Queen Victoria assented to the creation of a new and separate colony to be called Queen’s Land on 6 June 1859, a day that continues to be celebrated as Queensland Day.
A history bound by principle
The Governor of Queensland is the symbolic head of Queensland and represents centuries of constitutional tradition. Since 1859, Queensland Governors have upheld a fundamental principle—that all people of all parties and all walks of life belong to the same community, a parliamentary democracy where government is conducted according to law. The highest purpose of Governors is to see to that.
The Honourable Sir George Ferguson Bowen GCMG
10.12.1859 - 04.01.1868
Sir George Bowen was appointed Queensland’s first Governor in 1859.
Colonel the Honourable Samuel Wensley Blackall
14.08.1868 - 02.01.1871
The Most Honourable George Augustus Constantine, Marquess of Normanby GCB GCMG PC
12.08.1871 - 12.11.1874
The Most Honourable George Augustus Constantine Phipps.
The Honourable William Wellington Cairns KCMG
23.01.1875 - 14.03.1877
The Honourable Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy GCMG CB
20.07.1877 - 02.05.1883
The Honourable Sir Anthony Musgrave GCMG
06.11.1883 - 09.10.1888
General the Honourable Sir Henry Wylie Norman GCB GCMG CIE
01.05.1889 - 31.12.1895
The Right Honourable Charles Wallace Alexander Napier Cochrane-Baillie, Baron Lamington GCMG
09.04.1896 - 19.12.1901
Right Honourable Charles Wallace Alexander Napier Cochrane-Baillie
Major General the Honourable Sir Herbert Charles Chermside GCMG CB
24.03.1902 - 10.10.1904
The Right Honourable Frederic John Napier Thesiger, Baron Chelmsford GCMG GCSI GCIE GBE
30.11.1905 - 26.05.1909
Right Honourable Frederic John Napier Thesiger