Henry Ayers

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Henry Ayers

Sir Henry Ayers GCMG (1 May 1821 – 11 June 1897) was the Premier of South Australia five times between 1863 and 1873.

Ayers was born at Portsea, Hampshire, England. He moved to Australia in 1840 with his wife, Elizabeth. He worked in the mining industry. His copper mine became very important to the economy of South Australia.[1] Ayers later went into politics. He was elected to the South Australian parliament on 9 March 1857.[1] He stayed a member for more than 36 years. Ayers first became premier on 15 July 1863.[1]

Ernest Giles, an explorer, named Ayers Rock after him in 1872. In the same year, Ayers was knighted KCMG and raised to GCMG in 1894.[1] He died in Adelaide on 11 June 1897.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 S. R. Parr (1969). "Ayers, Sir Henry (1821 - 1897)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 3. Melbourne University Press. pp. 63–64. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A030065b.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-27.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Francis Dutton
Premier of South Australia
15 July 1863 - 4 August 1864
Succeeded by
Arthur Blyth
Preceded by
Francis Dutton
Premier of South Australia
20 September 1865 - 23 October 1865
Succeeded by
John Hart
Preceded by
James Boucaut
Premier of South Australia
3 May 1867 - 24 September 1868
Succeeded by
John Hart
Preceded by
John Hart
Premier of South Australia
13 October 1868 - 3 November 1868
Succeeded by
Henry Strangways
Preceded by
Arthur Blyth
Premier of South Australia
22 January 1872 - 22 July 1873
Succeeded by
Arthur Blyth