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A brief history of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet

The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) has undergone considerable change since its beginnings as the Premier's Department with a staff of five in 1898.

You can download the History of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet 1829-2012 (PDF 1MB) or read online: History of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet 1829-2012.

Photo of the Premier's Department circa 1900, and each of the Directors General from 1903 until present 

Photos

(top): The Premier's Department circa 1900.

(second row, left to right): A.C. Kessell 1903-1914; L E Shapcott 1914-1941; H. T. Stitfold 1941-1943

(third row, left to right): R. H. Doig 1945-1965; W. S. Lonnie 1965-1974; R.D. Davies 1974-1983

(fourth row, left to right): B. J. Beggs 1983-1985; D. G. Blight 1985-1995; J. E. Pritchard 1996-1997

(fifth row, left to right): M Wauchope 1997-2008; P. Conran 2008-2016: D Foster 2017 - Present

NOTE: No claim for unauthorised use, copyright or proprietary can be made for photos or stories sent to the Department of Premier and Cabinet

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.