ID 0283

State Government of New South Wales beginning 5 January 1883 - period in office of Premier Stuart, Alexander ending on 7 October 1885



Period in office of premier (see Glossary entry for 'period in office' and related terms)

Premier
Stuart, Alexander
Date of beginning of period in office
5 January 1883
Date of end of period in office
7 October 1885 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
Reason for end of this government
Resignation of premier (see note)
Number of days in office
1,006 

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Support from parliamentary factions and independents
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
--none--
Coalition partner 2
--none--
Coalition partner 3
--none--
Coalition partner 4
--none--
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
Minority
If change in parliamentary support during period
--none--  
If further change during period
--none--  

Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
10
Number from party of premier
10
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
1
Number who are women

Assembly elections contested as premier or after which became premier (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

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Election Premier at election Premier's party Premier after election Premier's party
NSW 30 November 1882Henry ParkesSupport from parliamentary factions and independentsAlexander StuartSupport from parliamentary factions and independents

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Notes

Loss of election (Parkes): Beginning of Stuart's period in office; Parkes 'Defeated in Legislative Assembly. Obtained dissolution and defeated at election', see Clune and Turner, vol. 1 table 3, pp. 228-229 (see 'Sources', below). Stuart was then commissioned to form a government.

Resignation of premier (Stuart): Stuart 'Resigned owing to ill health', see Clune and Turner, vol. 1 table 3, pp. 228-229 (see 'Sources', below).

References: For a description and analysis of the style of parliamentary government in this period, see David Clune and Ken Turner, 'Introduction: The Colonial Premiers', pp. 1-12, in Clune and Turner vol. 1 (see, 'Sources', below), and Peter Loveday and A W Martin, Parliament, Factions and Parties: The First Thirty Years of Responsible Government in New South Wales, 1856-1889, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1966).

For a survey of Stuart's political career, see Martha Rutledge, 'Alexander (later Sir Alexander) Stuart', in Clune and Turner, vol. 1, pp. 153-167 (see 'Sources', below), and Bede Nairn and Martha Rutledge, 'Stuart, Sir Alexander (1824-1886)', in Bede Nairn (general editor), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 6, pp. 38-46, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1976, ISBN 0522841082).

Sources

David Clune and Ken Turner (editors), The Premiers of New South Wales, vol. 1, (1856-1901), (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 186287550); G N Hawker, The Parliament of New South Wales 1856-1965, appendix C, (Ultimo, NSW: Government Printer, 1971); New South Wales, Parliament, The New South Wales Parliamentary Record: Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, 1824-1999, vol. VI, pp. 246-308, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales, 1999). In consulting these sources, note the difference between ministries and periods in office.

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