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Leaders of the Opposition

Name Party Electorate Term
GREGSON, Thomas G.^ *(See note) Richmond 1 Nov 1856-Feb 1857
CHAMP, William T.^ * Launceston 26 Feb 1857-Apr 1857
GREGSON, Thomas G.^ * Richmond 25 Apr 1857-Jul 1862
MEREDITH, Charles * Hobart Town Jul 1862-Jan 1863
CHAPMAN, Thomas D.^ * Campbell Town Feb 1863-1864
DOBSON, Sir William * Campbell Town Jun 1864-Nov 1866
MEREDITH, Charles * Kingborough Nov 1866-Nov 1872
GIBLIN, William R.^ * Hobart Central Nov 1872-Aug 1873
INNES, Frederick M.^ * North Launceston Aug 1873-Mar 1875
REIBEY, Thomas^ * Westbury Aug 1875-Jul 1876
GIBLIN, William R.^ * Hobart Central Jul 1876-Jun 1877
FYSH, Philip O.^ * Hobart East Jul 1877-Aug 1877
REIBEY, Thomas^ * Westbury Sep 1877-Dec 1878
GIBLIN, William R.^ * Wellington Jan 1879-Oct 1879
NONE     Oct 1879-Oct 1882
DOBSON, Alfred * Glenorchy Oct 1882-Jul 1885
REIBEY, Thomas^ * Westbury Jul 1885-Aug 1886
BRADDON, Sir Edward * West Devon Aug 1886-Mar 1887
BROWN, Nicholas J. * Cumberland Jul 1887-Jul 1889
BURGESS, W.H. * Hobart West Jul 1889-Aug 1891
DOBSON, Henry^ * Brighton Sep 1891-Aug 1892
BIRD, Bolton S. * Franklin Aug 1892-Feb 1894
BRADDON, Sir Edward * West Devon Feb 1894-Apr 1894
LEWIS, Sir Neil * Richmond May 1894-Nov 1897
CLARK, Andrew I. * Hobart Nov 1897-May 1898
BIRD, Bolton S. * Franklin Jun 1898-Oct 1899
BRADDON, Sir Edward * West Devon Oct 1899-Mar 1901
REIBEY, Thomas^ * Westbury May 1901-Oct 1901
PROPSTING, William B^. * Hobart Oct 1901-Apr 1903
PATTERSON, R.C. * South Hobart May 1903-Mar 1904
EVANS, Sir John * Kingborough Mar 1904-Jul 1904
PROPSTING, William B.^ * Hobart North Jul 1904-Dec 1905
NICHOLLS, Herbert * Hobart Central May 1906-Jan 1909
EARLE, John^ ALP Franklin Jun 1909-Oct 1909
LEWIS, Sir Neil Anti-Socialist Denison Oct 1909
EARLE, John^ ALP Franklin Oct 1909-Apr 1914
SOLOMON, Albert E.^ Liberal Bass Apr 1914-Oct 1914
EWING, Norman K. Liberal Franklin Oct 1914-Sep 1915
LEE, Sir Walter Liberal Wilmot 23 Sep 1915-Apr 1916
EARLE, John^ ALP Franklin 15 Apr 1916-Nov 1916
LYONS, Joseph A.^ ALP Wilmot 2 Nov 1916-Oct 1923
HOBBS, Edward Country Darwin# Oct 1923-Nov 1923 (temp)
NEWTON, James C. Nationalist Bass Nov 1923-Oct 1924
HOBBS, Edward Country, Liberal Darwin# Oct 1924-Jul 1925
McPHEE, Sir John Nationalist Denison 29 Jul 1925-Jun 1928
LYONS, Joseph A.^ ALP Wilmot Jul 1928-Sep 1929
WATKINS, Ben ALP Franklin Sep 1929-Oct 1929 (temp)
OGILVIE, Albert G.^ ALP Franklin 15 Oct 1929-Jun 1934
LEE, Sir Walter Liberal Wilmot July 1934-Jul 1936
BAKER, Sir Henry Nationalist Franklin Jul 1936-22 Feb 1945
CAMPBELL, Neil Nationalist, Liberal Wilmot 22 Feb 1945-Feb 1950
TOWNLEY, Reginald C. Liberal Denison 6 Feb 1950-26 Jun 1956
JACKSON, William Liberal Franklin 26 Jun 1956-Mar 1960
BETHUNE, Sir Walter Angus Liberal Wilmot 19 Mar 1960-27 May 1969
REECE, Eric E.^ ALP Braddon 27 May 1969-4 May 1972
BINGHAM, Eardley Max Liberal Denison 4 May 1972-7 Aug 1979
PEARSALL, Geoffrey A. Liberal Franklin 7 Aug 1979-11 Nov 1981
GRAY, Robin T.^ Liberal Wilmot 11 Nov 1981-27 May 1982
WRIEDT, Kenneth S. ALP Franklin 27 May 198219 Feb 1986
BATT, Neil C. ALP Denison 19 Feb 1986-14 Dec 1988
FIELD, Michael W.^ ALP Braddon 14 Dec 1988-29 Jun 1989
GRAY, Robin T.^ Liberal Wilmot/Lyons+ 29 Jun 1989-17 Dec 1991
GROOM, Raymond J.^ Liberal Denison 17 Dec 1991-17 Feb 1992
FIELD, Michael W.^ ALP Braddon 17 Feb 1992-14 Apr 1997
BACON, James A.^ ALP Denison 14 Apr 1997-14 Sep 1998
RUNDLE, Anthony M.^ Liberal Braddon 14 Sep 1998-2 July 1999
NAPIER, Suzanne D. Liberal Bass 2 July 1999-20 Aug 2001
CHEEK, Robert R. (Bob) Liberal Denison 20 Aug 2001-6 August 2002
HIDDING, Marinus T (Rene) Liberal Lyons 6 August 2002 - 30 March 2006
HODGMAN, Will Liberal Franklin 30 March 2006 - 31 Mar 2014
GREEN, Bryan ALP Braddon 31 March 2014-17 March 2017
WHITE, Rebecca ALP Lyons 17 March 2017-16 May 2021
O'BYRNE, David ALP Franklin 15 June 2021-7 July 2021
WHITE, Rebecca ALP Lyons 7 July 2021

* Political parties as we know them did not exist until 1910.
# Darwin became Braddon in 1955.
+ Wilmot became Lyons in 1984.
^ Also served as Premier at some stage.
(temp) Position held in temporary capacity only.

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