Introduction

A list of Victorian Governors.

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Charles La Trobe was appointed Superintendent of Port Phillip District on 3 October 1839. He remained in that position until his appointment as Lieutenant-Governor of the new Colony of Victoria on 1 July 1851. La Trobe was never Governor of Victoria, as that office was not established until 1855.

The first Governor of Victoria was Charles Hotham, who was Lieutenant-Governor from 22 June 1854 to 21 May 1855, before becoming Governor. 

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Timeline Events
Wood engraving of Charles J. La Trobe Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria
1839

Charles La Trobe

 

 

Portrait of Sir Charles Hotham
1854

Sir Charles Hotham, RN KCB

 

 

Portrait of Sir Henry Barkly
1856

Sir Henry Barkly, KCB

Image of Sir Charles Henry Darling
1863

Sir Charles Henry Darling, KCB

Image of The Hon Sir John Henry Thomas Manners Sutton
1866

The Hon. Sir John Henry Thomas Manners-Sutton, KCB

Portrait of Sir George Ferguson Bowen
1873

Sir George Ferguson Bowen, GCMG

Portrait of Sir Henry Brougham Loch
1884

Sir Henry Brougham Loch, GCMG KCB

Portrait of The Right Hon The Lord Brassey
1895

The Right Hon. The Lord Brassey, KCB

Portrait of Sir George Sydenham Clarke
1901

Sir George Sydenham Clarke, KCMG FRS

Portrait of Sir Thomas David Gibson Carmichael
1908

Sir Thomas David Gibson Carmichael, Bt KCMG

1911

Sir John Michael Fleetwood Fuller, Bt KCMG

Image of The Hon. Sir Arthur Lyulph Stanley
1914

The Hon. Sir Arthur Lyulph Stanley, KCMG

Image of Capt. The Right Hon. William Charles Arcedeckne the Lord Huntingfield KCMG
1934

Capt. The Right Hon. William Charles Arcedeckne, the Lord Huntingfield, KCMG

 

Footage of Lord Huntingfield arriving in Victoria

 

Image of Major-General Sir Winston Joseph Dugan, GCMG CB DSO
1939

Major-General Sir Winston Joseph Dugan, GCMG CB DSO

The Hon. Sir Henry Winneke
1974

The Hon. Sir Henry Winneke, AC KCMG KCVO OBE

Rear-Admiral Sir Brian Murray
1982

Rear-Admiral Sir Brian Murray, KCMG AO

Dr Davis McCaughey
1986

Dr J. Davis McCaughey, AC

The Hon. Richard McGarvie
1992

The Hon. Richard E. McGarvie, AC QC

The Hon. Sir James Gobbo
1997

The Hon. Sir James A. Gobbo, AC CVO QC

John Landy
2001

The Hon. John Landy, AC CVO MBE


 

2006

Professor the Hon. David de Kretser, AC

The Hon. Alex Chernov AC QC
2011

The Hon. Alex Chernov, AC QC

Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria
2015

The Hon. Linda Dessau, AC

 

I look forward to celebrating and facilitating, in any way that I can, all the individuals, organisations, businesses and communities that show courage by combining in the quest for unity and togetherness, and who work tirelessly for peace and prosperity in this, our wonderful State of Victoria.