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Sir Fredrick Napier BroomeSir Frederick Napier Broome, 1883-1889

Sir Frederick set up a system of borrowing for the colony that enabled it to achieve expansion as well as extend the railways and telegraphs.

However, many colonists believed that the future success of the colony depended on self-government. Sir Frederick was converted to this popular view and helped facilitate the granting of responsible government to WA. After considerable discussion, the details of the new Constitution were settled and a Bill, drafted by Broome, was approved by the British Parliament.

His tenure as Governor came to an end with his mission to England in 1890.


Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson, 1875-1877, 1880-1883, 1890-1895

Sir William Robinson served three times as Governor of Western Australia and in 1890 was appointed to preside over the inauguration of responsible government in the colony.

He returned to Western Australia carrying the new Constitution that was proclaimed to the people on 21 October 1890. This marked the start of responsible Government.


Sir John ForrestRt Hon. Sir John Forrest, 29 December 1890 - 14 February 1901

1st Barron Forrest of Bunbury (1847-1918) was a surveyor, explorer, Western Australia’s first Premier and later a Minister, acting Prime Minister and first Treasurer in the newly formed Federal Government after Federation.

As Premier, Forrest guided Western Australia through the many issues surrounding Federation, ensuring the best position for the State.


Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.