Date listed: 31/1/2020


The Honourable John Cain

1931 - 2019

A State Memorial Service for the Honourable John Cain, former Premier of Victoria, will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, at 11.00am on Monday 3 February 2020.

Mr Cain was born in Melbourne in 1931. His father, also John Cain, had led the Labor Party in Victoria from 1937 to 1957 and had been Premier for three terms.

Mr Cain studied law at the University of Melbourne and started a practice in suburban Melbourne, before going on to head the Law Institute of Victoria and serve as a member of the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Law Reform Commission.

In 1976, Mr Cain was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the Member for Bundoora and became shadow Attorney-General. In September 1981, he was elected Leader of the Opposition and went on to win government in April 1982 – forming the fi rst Labor government in Victoria for 27 years, since his father was Premier. Mr Cain served as Premier from 1982-1990 and remains the longest serving Labor Premier in Victoria.

In retirement, he continued his contribution to public policy debates as a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, published three books, and also served as Chair of the State Library. Mr Cain was a Melbourne Cricket Ground Trustee and an Honorary Life Member and Trustee of the Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust.

Loving husband of Nancye, father of Joanne, John and James, grandfather to 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

The State Memorial Service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne. Doors will open at 10.00am with the Service commencing at 11.00am.

Relatives, friends, representatives of organisations, and members of the public are welcome to attend. Those attending the Service are recommended to arrive on foot or by public transport.

A live stream will be available at

In lieu of fl oral tributes – and in keeping with Mr Cain’s lifelong sense of public service – his family has requested that people consider making a donation to support the Victorian Bushfi re Appeal.

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Publication: Herald Sun

Melbourne 3000