WA Governor

Vice-regal occasions

Queensland Governor
The Governor of Queensland, Paul de Jersey (front, third from right) with Bundaberg Regional Councillors and executive team members, 2019.

I’ve personally met two State Governors, been in the presence of two others and been close to a Governor-General.

This is largely trivial, of course, but from an historical perspective it may be of interest.

Governors and Governors-General are the Queen’s representatives. How much longer we remain a constitutional monarchy remains uncertain.

Vice-regal Michael
Michael Gorey in vice-regal mode, waiting to meet the Governor of Queensland.

In October 2006, then Western Australian Governor Ken Michael visited the Kalgoorlie Miner.

A former civil engineer and public servant, Mr Michael was interested in the heritage of the Kalgoorlie Miner building, which dates back to the 1890s.

In 2013, I attended the swearing in of my Minister at Government House in Adelaide by retired Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce.

My earliest memory of the vice-regal office is from 1977-78 (I can’t remember which year) when Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen visited Traralgon.

I was a primary school student at St Michael’s and we were bussed to the Traralgon Showgrounds to meet him. I can’t imagine that happening today.

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