Past Lord Mayors and Mayors

The City of Adelaide was established in 1840 and was the first municipal authority in Australia.

The first Lord Mayor was James Hurtle Fisher, who was elected by the 19 elected Councillors.

In 1919, the Mayors title became The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide. Note: “The Right Honourable” is dropped when the person finishes their time in office.

The following table shows the past Mayors and Lord Mayors of Adelaide.

Lord Mayors

Term Name
2018- Sandy Verschoor
2014-2018 Martin Kinnear Haese
2010-2014 Stephen Yarwood
2003-2010 Michael Harbison
2000-2003 Dr Alfred Huang
1997-2000 Dr Jane Lomax-Smith
1993-1997 Henry Jacques Ninio
1987-1993 Steve George Condous
1985-1987 James Bickford Jarvis
1983-1985 Wendy Chapman
1981-1983 Arthur John Watson
1979-1981 James Vincent Seaton Bowen
1977-1979 George Joseph
1975-1977 John Justin Roche
1973-1975 Robert Wyndham Clampett
1971-1973 William Hubert Hayes
1968-1971 Robert Evelyn Porter
1966-1968 Walter Lewis Bridgland
1963-1966 James Campbell Irwin
1960-1963 Charles John Glover
1957-1960 Lancelot Morton Spiller Hargrave
1954-1957 John Scott Phlips
1950-1953 Arthur Campbell Rymill
1949-1950 Arthur Earnest William Short
1946-1950 John Mcleay
1943-1946 Reginald Walker
1941-1943 Col Arden Seymour Hawker
1937-1941 Arthur George Barrett
1933-1937 Sir Jonathan Robert Cain
1930-1933 Charles Richmond Glover
1927-1930 John Lavington Bonython
1926-1927 Sir Wallace Bruce
1923-1925 Charles Richmond Glover
1921-1923 Lewis Cohen
1919* Charles Richmond Glover


* Lord Mayor of Adelaide from 22 November 1919

Mayors

Term Name
1917-1919 Charles Richmond Glover
1915-1917 Isaac Isaacs
1913-1915 Alfred Allen Simpson
1911-1913 John Lavington Bonython
1909-1911 Lewis Cohen
1907-1909 Frank Johnson
1904-1907 Theodore Bruce
1901-1904 Lewis Cohen
1898-1901 Arthur Wellington Ware
1894-1898 Charles Tucker
1892-1894 Charles Willcox
1891-1892 Frederick William Bullock
1889-1890 Lewis Cohen
1888-1889 James Shaw
1887-1888 Sir Edwin Thomas Smith
1886-1887 Edwin Thomas Smith
1883-1886 William Bundey
1882-1883 Henry Robert Fuller
1879-1882 Edwin Thomas Smith
1878-1879 William Christie Buik
1877-1878 Henry Scott
1875-1877 Caleb Peacock
1874-1875 John Colton
1873-1874 William Dixon Allot
1871-1873 Adolph Heinrich Friedrich Bartels
1869-1871 Judah Moss Solomon
1866-1869 Henry Robert Fuller
1864-1866 William Townshend
1863-1864 Samuel Goode
1862-1863 Thomas English
1859 1862 Edward Bootle Wilbraham Glandfield
1859 Edmund William Wright
1858-1859 William Thompson Sabben
1855-1858 John Lazar
1854-1855 Joseph Hall
1852-1854 James Hurtle Fisher
1849-1852 City managed Commissioners
1843-1849 City managed as Government Department
1842-1843 Thomas Wilson
1840-1842 James Hurtle Fisher