Ken Michael

Kenneth Comninos Michael, AC (born 12 April 1938) is an Australian civil engineer, academic and former public servant who was the 30th Governor of Western Australia, serving from 2006 to 2011.[2]

Ken Michael
30th Governor of Western Australia
In office
18 January 2006  2 May 2011
MonarchElizabeth II
PremierAlan Carpenter
Colin Barnett
LieutenantWayne Martin
Preceded byJohn Sanderson
Succeeded byMalcolm McCusker
Personal details
Born12 April 1938[1]
Perth, Western Australia
SpouseJulie Diana Michael (dec. 2014)
ResidenceSouth Perth
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia
Imperial College
ProfessionCivil engineer
Ken Michael and his wife Julie
Ken Michael and his wife Julie receiving Quentin Bryce, the Governor-General of Australia, and her husband Michael, at Government House, Perth.

Early life and career

Michael was born in Perth, Western Australia, the son of immigrants from the island of Kastellorizo in Greece.

Michael studied at Imperial College London and was a former Commissioner of Main Roads WA, a chairman of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority, a member of the Economic Regulation Authority, and was the Chancellor of the University of Western Australia.[1][2]

Michael was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1996,[3] and elevated as a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2006.[4] He was named Western Australian Citizen of the Year in 2001 and received the Centenary Medal in 2003 for "service to the public, engineering and the Greek Community".[1][2]

Governor of Western Australia

Michael's vice-regal appointment was announced on 6 June 2005 by the then Premier Geoff Gallop, and he was sworn in at Government House, Perth on 18 January 2006 by the Premier Alan Carpenter and also witnessed by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and Lieutenant-Governor, David Malcolm.[2]

In 2006 Michael was named the patron of the Fremantle Football Club, following in the footsteps of Lieutenant-General Sanderson who was also patron at Fremantle. He has been a member of the club since 1994 as an inaugural Quay Club member. Michael is also the state patron of The Boys' Brigade.

Michael resigned as governor on 2 May 2011. Lieutenant-Governor Wayne Martin became Administrator of Western Australia until Malcolm McCusker was sworn in as governor on 1 July 2011.[2]

Michael was appointed Chairman of the Western Australian Cricket Association in December 2016.


  1. "Australian Greek named next WA governor" (PDF). Kazzie News (128). July 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  2. "His Excellency Dr Kenneth Comninos MICHAEL AC: 2006–2011". The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia. Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  3. "Search Australian Honours: MICHAEL, Kenneth Comninos (Member of the Order of Australia)". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 26 January 1996. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  4. "Search Australian Honours: MICHAEL, Kenneth Comninos (Companion of the Order of Australia)". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
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