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Some Interesting Governors of Tasmania

  • Legacy Function Rooms 159 Macquarie Street Hobart, TAS, 7000 Australia (map)

Don Morris

Don Morris is a full-time Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, based in Melbourne.

Don was born and educated in Launceston and at the University of Tasmania, from where he graduated in politics and philosophy. 

Apart from working at Government House as Research Assistant to General Sir Phillip Bennett, Don has also been Secretary to the Government of Norfolk Island, Regional Director of the Jervis Bay Territory, and Private Secretary to three successive Presidents of the Senate. 

He has recently published a paper on the perils of defining the reserve powers of the Crown.

Don was co-author with his late father of History in Our Streets, an historical account of Launceston street names.  First published in 1990, they revised it for a new edition published by the Launceston Historical Society in 2013.

Some Interesting Governors of Tasmania

A Prime Minister of Malta

A cabinet-maker trade unionist

Churchill’s Minister for Economic Warfare

The Chief Scout of the World

-         Just some of those who have been Governors of Tasmania.

Don Morris, who was a member of the Governor’s Personal Staff from 1989 to 1993, will sketch out the lives of some of those who have held Tasmania’s highest public office, and the important role the Governor has played in the social and political life of our Island.