Commissioner of Public Works (South Australia)
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Commissioner of Public Works South Australia

Commissioner of Public Works
StyleThe Honourable
Member ofCabinet
Reports toParliament
AppointerGovernor of South Australia
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation24 October 1856 (1856-10-24)
First holderArthur Freeling
Final holderKym Mayes
Abolished1 October 1992 (1992-10-01)

The Commissioner of Public Works was a member of Cabinet of the Government of South Australia.

Originally created for the Finniss Ministry on 24 October 1856, there were 63 holders of the public works portfolio. It was known as Commissioner for Public Works for most of its existence, however since the Playford Government in the 1960s, it was known as Minister for Works or Public Works.

The longest holder was Malcolm McIntosh, a member of the Liberal Federation/Liberal and Country League and a minister in the Butler and Playford governments, who held the portfolio on two separate occasions for a total of 23 years and 45 days. The last holder was Kym Mayes, a member of the Labor Party and a minister in Lynn Arnold's government. The title was abolished on 1 October 1992 (1992-10-01) and superseded by portfolio's for Infrastructure and Transport.

List of Commissioner of Public Works of South Australia

Order Minister Party Premier Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Arthur Freeling   No Party Finniss Commissioner of
Public Works
24 October 1856 (1856-10-24) 20 March 1857 (1857-03-20) 147 days
2 Samuel Davenport 20 March 1857 (1857-03-20) 21 August 1857 (1857-08-21) 154 days
3 Arthur Blyth Baker 21 August 1857 (1857-08-21) 1 September 1857 (1857-09-01) 11 days
n/a Samuel Davenport Torrens 1 September 1857 (1857-09-01) 30 September 1857 (1857-09-30) 29 days
4 Thomas Reynolds Hanson 30 September 1857 (1857-09-30) 12 June 1858 (1858-06-12) 255 days
n/a Arthur Blyth 12 June 1858 (1858-06-12) 9 May 1860 (1860-05-09) 1 year, 332 days
5 Alexander Hay Reynolds 9 May 1860 (1860-05-09) 8 October 1861 (1861-10-08) 1 year, 152 days
6 Philip Santo Waterhouse 8 October 1861 (1861-10-08) 17 October 1861 (1861-10-17) 9 days
7 John Lindsay 17 October 1861 (1861-10-17) 19 February 1862 (1862-02-19) 125 days
8 William Milne 19 February 1862 (1862-02-19) 4 July 1863 (1863-07-04) 1 year, 135 days
9 William Townsend Dutton 4 July 1863 (1863-07-04) 15 July 1863 (1863-07-15) 11 days
n/a Philip Santo Ayers 15 July 1863 (1863-07-15) 4 August 1864 (1864-08-04) 1 year, 20 days
n/a William Milne Blyth 4 August 1864 (1864-08-04) 22 March 1865 (1865-03-22) 230 days
10 Francis Dutton Dutton 22 March 1865 (1865-03-22) 20 September 1865 (1865-09-20) 182 days
n/a Philip Santo Ayers 20 September 1865 (1865-09-20) 23 October 1865 (1865-10-23) 33 days
11 Thomas English Hart 23 October 1865 (1865-10-23) 28 March 1866 (1866-03-28) 1 year, 192 days
Boucaut 28 March 1866 (1866-03-28) 3 May 1867 (1867-05-03)
n/a Philip Santo Ayers 3 May 1867 (1867-05-03) 24 September 1868 (1868-09-24) 1 year, 144 days
12 William Everard Hart 24 September 1868 (1868-09-24) 12 October 1868 (1868-10-12) 18 days
n/a Philip Santo Ayers 13 October 1868 (1868-10-13) 3 November 1868 (1868-11-03) 21 days
13 John Colton Strangways 3 November 1868 (1868-11-03) 12 May 1870 (1870-05-12) 1 year, 190 days
14 Friedrich Krichauff 12 May 1870 (1870-05-12) 30 May 1870 (1870-05-30) 18 days
15 John Carr Hart 30 May 1870 (1870-05-30) 10 November 1871 (1871-11-10) 1 year, 237 days
Blyth 10 November 1871 (1871-11-10) 22 January 1872 (1872-01-22)
16 James Ramsay Ayers 22 January 1872 (1872-01-22) 4 March 1872 (1872-03-04) 42 days
17 Wentworth Cavenagh 4 March 1872 (1872-03-04) 22 July 1873 (1873-07-22) 1 year, 140 days
18 Henry Bright Blyth 22 July 1873 (1873-07-22) 3 June 1875 (1875-06-03) 1 year, 316 days
19 William West-Erskine Boucaut 3 June 1875 (1875-06-03) 2 February 1876 (1876-02-02) 244 days
20 James Boucaut 2 February 1876 (1876-02-02) 6 June 1876 (1876-06-06) 125 days
21 John Colton Colton 6 June 1876 (1876-06-06) 26 October 1877 (1877-10-26) 1 year, 142 days
22 George Hawker Boucaut 26 October 1877 (1877-10-26) 27 September 1878 (1878-09-27) 3 years, 241 days
Morgan 27 September 1878 (1878-09-27) 24 June 1881 (1881-06-24)
n/a James Ramsay Bray 24 June 1881 (1881-06-24) 23 April 1884 (1884-04-23) 2 years, 304 days
23 David Bower 23 April 1884 (1884-04-23) 16 June 1884 (1884-06-16) 54 days
24 Thomas Playford II Colton 16 June 1884 (1884-06-16) 4 February 1885 (1885-02-04) 233 days
25 Jenkin Coles 4 February 1885 (1885-02-04) 16 June 1885 (1885-06-16) 132 days
26 John Darling Downer 16 June 1885 (1885-06-16) 14 October 1885 (1885-10-14) 120 days
27 John Spence 14 October 1885 (1885-10-14) 8 June 1886 (1886-06-08) 237 days
28 Luke Furner 8 June 1886 (1886-06-08) 11 June 1887 (1887-06-11) 1 year, 3 days
29 Alfred Catt Playford II 11 June 1887 (1887-06-11) 27 June 1889 (1889-06-27) 2 years, 16 days
30 James Howe Cockburn 27 June 1889 (1889-06-27) 2 May 1890 (1890-05-02) 309 days
31 Thomas Burgoyne 2 May 1890 (1890-05-02) 19 August 1890 (1890-08-19) 109 days
32 William Rounsevell Playford II 19 August 1890 (1890-08-19) 6 January 1892 (1892-01-06) 1 year, 140 days
33 John Jenkins 6 January 1892 (1892-01-06) 21 June 1892 (1892-06-21) 167 days
34 Andrew Handyside Holder 21 June 1892 (1892-06-21) 15 October 1892 (1892-10-15) 116 days
35 Lawrence Grayson Downer 15 October 1892 (1892-10-15) 12 May 1893 (1893-05-12) 209 days
No Holder 12 May 1893 (1893-05-12) 16 June 1893 (1893-06-16) 35 days
36 Frederick Holder Liberalism Kingston 16 June 1893 (1893-06-16) 17 April 1894 (1894-04-17) 305 days
37 John Jenkins 17 April 1894 (1894-04-17) 1 December 1899 (1899-12-01) 5 years, 228 days
n/a Andrew Handyside   No Party Solomon 1 December 1899 (1899-12-01) 8 December 1899 (1899-12-08) 7 days
38 Richard Foster Holder 8 December 1899 (1899-12-08) 15 May 1901 (1901-05-15) 4 years, 209 days
Jenkins 15 May 1901 (1901-05-15) 4 July 1904 (1904-07-04)
No Holder 4 July 1904 (1904-07-04) 1 March 1905 (1905-03-01) 240 days
n/a Richard Foster   No Party Butler 1 March 1905 (1905-03-01) 26 July 1905 (1905-07-26) 147 days
39 Thomas Price   Labor Price 26 July 1905 (1905-07-26) 5 June 1909 (1909-06-05) 3 years, 314 days
40 Laurence O'Loughlin   Farmers &
Producers Union
Peake 5 June 1909 (1909-06-05) 3 June 1910 (1910-06-03) 363 days
41 John Verran   Labor Verran 3 June 1910 (1910-06-03) 17 February 1912 (1912-02-17) 1 year, 259 days
42 Richard Butler Liberal Union Peake 17 February 1912 (1912-02-17) 19 November 1914 (1914-11-19) 2 years, 275 days
43 George Ritchie 19 November 1914 (1914-11-19) 3 April 1915 (1915-04-03) 135 days
44 Harry Jackson   Labor Vaughan 3 April 1915 (1915-04-03) 14 July 1917 (1917-07-14) 2 years, 102 days
45 John Bice Liberal Union Peake 14 July 1917 (1917-07-14) 15 May 1919 (1919-05-15) 1 year, 305 days
46 George Ritchie 15 May 1919 (1919-05-15) 8 April 1920 (1920-04-08) 329 days
47 William Hague Barwell 8 April 1920 (1920-04-08) 3 November 1922 (1922-11-03) 2 years, 209 days
48 Thomas Pascoe 3 November 1922 (1922-11-03) 16 October 1923 (1923-10-16) 1 year, 11 days
Liberal Federation 16 October 1923 (1923-10-16) 14 November 1923 (1923-11-14)
49 George Jenkins 14 November 1923 (1923-11-14) 16 April 1924 (1924-04-16) 154 days
50 Lionel Hill   Labor Gunn 16 April 1924 (1924-04-16) 28 August 1926 (1926-08-28) 2 years, 134 days
51 John McInnes Hill 28 August 1926 (1926-08-28) 8 April 1927 (1927-04-08) 223 days
52 Malcolm McIntosh Liberal Federation Butler 8 April 1927 (1927-04-08) 17 April 1930 (1930-04-17) 3 years, 9 days
n/a John McInnes   Labor Hill 17 April 1930 (1930-04-17) 13 February 1933 (1933-02-13) 3 years, 1 day
Richards 13 February 1933 (1933-02-13) 18 April 1933 (1933-04-18) 64 days
53 Herbert Hudd Liberal &
Country League
Butler 18 April 1933 (1933-04-18) 8 April 1938 (1938-04-08) 4 years, 355 days
n/a Malcolm McIntosh Playford 8 April 1938 (1938-04-08) 14 December 1944 (1944-12-14) 20 years, 36 days
Minister for
Works
14 December 1944 (1944-12-14) 14 May 1958 (1958-05-14)
54 Colin Rowe 14 May 1958 (1958-05-14) 25 June 1958 (1958-06-25) 42 days
55 Glen Pearson 25 June 1958 (1958-06-25) 10 March 1965 (1965-03-10) 6 years, 258 days
56 Cyril Hutchens   Labor Walsh 10 March 1965 (1965-03-10) 1 June 1967 (1967-06-01) 3 years, 38 days
Dunstan 1 June 1967 (1967-06-01) 17 April 1968 (1968-04-17)
57 John Coumbe Liberal &
Country League
Hall 17 April 1968 (1968-04-17) 2 March 1970 (1970-03-02) 1 year, 319 days
58 Allan Rodda 2 March 1970 (1970-03-02) 2 June 1970 (1970-06-02) 92 days
59 Des Corcoran   Labor Dunstan 2 June 1970 (1970-06-02) 15 February 1979 (1979-02-15) 8 years, 286 days
Corcoran 15 February 1979 (1979-02-15) 15 March 1979 (1979-03-15)
60 John Wright Minister for
Public Works
15 March 1979 (1979-03-15) 18 September 1979 (1979-09-18) 187 days
61 Dean Brown   Liberal Tonkin 18 September 1979 (1979-09-18) 10 November 1982 (1982-11-10) 3 years, 53 days
n/a John Wright   Labor Bannon 10 November 1982 (1982-11-10) 19 February 1984 (1984-02-19) 1 year, 101 days
62 Terry Hemmings 19 February 1984 (1984-02-19) 14 December 1989 (1989-12-14) 5 years, 298 days
63 Kym Mayes 14 December 1989 (1989-12-14) 4 September 1992 (1992-09-04) 2 years, 292 days
Arnold 4 September 1992 (1992-09-04) 1 October 1992 (1992-10-01)

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