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The role of the Governor-General is to act as the properly delegated representative within Australia of the current Monarch of the United Kingdom. Normally a ceremonial role, the holder has certain executive powers that can be enacted during times of governmental crisis.

The Governor-General is not to be confused with the position of Governor relative to the Australian states.

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1901 - 1903
   the Australian Governor-General was   
John Adrian Louis Hope
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable and Earl of Hopetoun. Awarded KT, GCMG, GCVO, PC. Born Hopetoun, Scotland, UK.
1903 - 1904
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Hallam Tennyson
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable and Baron Tennyson. Awarded GCMG, PC. Born Twickenham, England, UK.
1904 - 1908
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Henry Stafford Northcote
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable and Baron Northcote. Awarded GCMG, GCIE, CB, PC. Born London, England, UK.
1908 - 1911
   the Australian Governor-General was   
William Humble Ward
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable and Earl of Dudley. Awarded GCB, GCMG, GCVO, TD, PC. Born London, England, UK.
1911 -1914
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Thomas Denman
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable and Baron Denham. Awarded GCMG, KCVO, PC, JP. Born London, England, UK.
1914 - 1920
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro-Ferguson
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable. Awarded GCMG, PC. Born Fife, Scotland, UK.
1920 - 1925
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Henry William Forster
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable and Baron Forster. Awarded GCMG, PC, DL. Born Kent, England, UK.
1925 - 1931
   the Australian Governor-General was   
John Lawrence Baird
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable and Baron Stonehaven. Awarded GCMG, DSO, PC, JP, DL. Born London, England, UK.
1931 - 1936
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable. Awarded GCB, GCMG, PC. Born Melbourne, VIC.
1936 - 1945
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Brigadier General Alexander Gore Arkwright Hore-Ruthven
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable and Baron Gowrie. Awarded VC, GCMG, CB, DSO, PC. Born Windsor, England, UK.
1945 - 1947
   the Australian Governor-General was   
HRH Prince Henry William Frederick Albert
Officially addressed as His Excellency Duke of Gloucester, Earl of Ulster and Baron Culloden. Awarded KG, KT, KP, GCB, GCMG, GCVO. Born Sandringham, England, UK.
1947 - 1953
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Sir William John McKell
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable. Awarded GCMG, PC. Born Pambula, NSW.
1953 - 1960
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Field Marshall Sir William Joseph Slim
Officially addressed as His Excellency Viscount Slim. Awarded KG, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE, DSO, MC. Born Bristol, England, UK.
1960 - 1961
   the Australian Governor-General was   
William Shepherd Morrison
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable and Viscount Dunrossil. Awarded GCMG, MC, QC, PC. Born Argyll, Scotland, UK.
1961 -1965
   the Australian Governor-General was   
William Philip Sidney De L'Isle
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable and Viscount De L'Isle. Awarded VC, KG, GCMG, GCVO, PC. Born London, England, UK.
1965 - 1969
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Richard Gardiner Casey
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable and Baron Casey. Awarded KG, GCMG, CH, DSO, MC, PC. Born Brisbane, QLD.
1969 - 1974
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Sir Paul Meerna Caedwalla Hasluck
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable. Awarded KG, GCMG, GCVO. Born Fremantle, WA.
1974 - 1977
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Sir John Robert Kerr
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable. Awarded AK, GCMG, GCVO, QC. Born Sydney, NSW.
1977 - 1982
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Sir Zelman Cowan
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable. Awarded AK, GCMG, GCVO, QC. Born Melbourne, VIC.
1982 - 1989
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Sir Ninian Stephen
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Honourable. Awarded KG, AK, GCMG, GCVO, KBE, QC. Born Oxford, England, UK.
1989 19-96
   the Australian Governor-General was   
William George Hayden
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Honourable. Awarded AC. Born Brisbane, QLD.
1996 - 2001
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Sir William Patrick Deane
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Honourable. Awarded AC, KBE. Born Melbourne, VIC.
2001 - 2003
   the Australian Governor-General was   
The Reverend Dr. Peter Hollingsworth
Officially addressed as His Excellency The Right Reverend. Awarded AC, OBE. Born Adelaide, SA.
2003 - 2008
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Major General Michael Jeffery
Officially addressed as His Excellency. Awarded AC, CVO, MC. Born Wiluna, WA.
2008 - 2014
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Dame Quentin Bryce
Officially addressed as Her Excellency. Awarded AC. Born Brisbane, QLD.
2014 - 2019
   the Australian Governor-General was   
Sir Peter Cosgrove
General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC.
2019 - Present
   the Australian Governor-General was   
David Hurley
General David John Hurley AC, DSC, FTSE. Governor of New South Wales from 2014 to 2019.


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