Paul de Jersey paid tribute to a predecessor appointed by Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen as he was sworn in as Queensland’s 26th governor.

Queensland’s first male governor in a decade has promised to emulate another former chief justice who served in that role during the Bjelke-Petersen era.

Paul de Jersey was sworn in as Queensland’s 26th vice-regal representative after lunch on Tuesday.

He is Queensland’s third chief justice to be promoted to that post, and the first head of the Supreme Court to become governor since Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen appointed Sir Walter Campbell in 1985.

The state’s controversial new Chief Justice Tim Carmody administered the oath of office to Mr de Jersey in the Speaker’s Green of Parliament House, making him Queensland’s first male governor since 2003.

Accepting his new role, Mr de Jersey paid tribute to the late Sir Walter, who acted with independence during the turbulent final days of Sir Joh’s long era as premier in 1987.

“The last chief justice to have been appointed to this office was Sir Walter Campbell whose exemplary performance in the role stands as a model truly worthy of emulation,” he said.

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis and former National Party premier Rob Borbidge were also present as Mr de Jersey became the first governor appointed by a conservative Queensland government since 1997.

Premier Campbell Newman praised Mr de Jersey for his 16 years of service as chief justice, and noted his Queensland roots, along with his roles in the Anglican Church and cancer charities.

“Governor de Jersey’s upbringing could not be more Queensland,” he said.

“As the son of school teacher parents, his excellency spent his early years with a great cross section of regional Queensland.”

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk noted Mr de Jersey’s commitment to indigenous advancement.

“What is lesser known is your passion and commitment to indigenous Queenslanders and your involvement in indigenous education and the indigenous barristers’ fund,” she said.

Mr de Jersey’s predecessor Penelope Wensley gave a tearful farewell speech to her staff on Tuesday morning, describing everyone from chefs to gardeners as part of her “extended family”.

Queensland’s new governor became the first in the state to join Twitter, with his @QldGovernor page posting images of a Rolls Royce and a military parade.

His grandchildren Alexander, 8, Sophie, 6, and Lily, 3, were the youngest of the dignitaries as a 19-gun salute heralded a new era.