|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|TAS 30 April 1912||Neil Elliott Lewis||Liberal Party||Neil Elliott Lewis||Liberal Party|
|TAS 2 April 1903||Neil Elliott Lewis||Ministerialists||William Bispham Propsting||Ministerialists|
|TAS 9 March 1900||Neil Elliott Lewis||Ministerialists||Neil Elliott Lewis||Ministerialists|
Defeat in parliament: Beginning of Lewis's third period in office: After seven days in office, the Earle Australian Labor Party minority government was '...defeated in the House on a motion of no confiderence. Earle sought a dissolution, and, when it was refused, Lewis was again sent for', Hughes and Graham, p. 256 (see 'Sources', below). Lewis was able to form a government because six rebel members of the parliamentary party had been reunited with the Liberal Party; see Weller, p. 374, (see 'Emergence of political parties', below).
Change of party leader: 'The Liberal party [parliamentary members] met on 5 June, clearly dissatisfied with Lewis's leadership. [N K] Ewing then challenged Lewis, who decided to resign without a contest. Solomon decided he was released from his pledge of loyalty [to Lewis], contested the ballot and defeated Ewing', Weller pp. 378, (see 'Emergence of political parties', below).
Emergence of political parties: During the 1890s, the factional politics of previous years began to give way to political groupings and electoral organizations which foreshadowed the emergence of modern political parties. For the emergence of political parties in Tasmania, see Patrick Weller, 'Tasmania' in P Loveday, A W Martin and R S Parker (editors), The Emergence of the Australian Party System, pp 355-382 (Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1977, ISBN 0908094035), and R P Davis, 'Tasmania', in D J Murphy (editor), Labor in Politics: The State Labor Parties in Australia 1880-1920, pp 389-445, (St. Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1975, ISBN 0702209392).
References: For a description of the style of parliamentary government in this period, see John Reynolds, 'Premiers and Political Leaders', in F C Green (editor), Tasmania: A Century of Responsible Government 1856-1956, pp 208-215, (Hobart: L G Shea, Government Printer, ), and note Terry Newman, Tasmanian Premiers 1856-1988: A Biographical Handbook, (Hobart: Tasmanian Parliamentary Library, ).
For a survey of Lewis's career, see Scott Bennett, 'Lewis, Sir Neil Elliott (1858 - 1935)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, pp 378-380, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1986), on line at: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100088b.htm
'Ministries: Names of the Members of Successive Ministries which have held Office in Tasmania since the inauguration of Responsible Government, together with the Dates of Appointment and Retirement', Journal of House of Assembly, Second Session of the Forty-Fifth Parliament of Tasmania, Anno LIII and LV Eliz II; Session 2 of the 45th Parliament, Volume 251, 2004-2006, (Hobart: Government Printer, Tasmania); Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700), and the website of the Parliament of Tasmania, http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/