Henry Strangways

12th Premier of South Australia

Henry Bull Templar Strangways was first elected to the House of Assembly in the seat of Encounter Bay. He held a number of ministerial positions between 1860-70, including premier and attorney-general from November 1868-70. The significant piece of legislation passed during his time as premier is now known as the Strangways Act. This legislation made it easier for small farmers to choose and purchase land that was not being used by colonists. Strangways was also involved in the planning for the introduction of railways and the overland telegraph in South Australia.