|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|TAS 5 September 1872||James Milne Wilson||Support from parliamentary factions and independents||Frederick Maitland Innes||Support from parliamentary factions and independents|
|TAS 6 September 1871||James Milne Wilson||Support from parliamentary factions and independents||James Milne Wilson||Support from parliamentary factions and independents|
Death of Premier (Dry): Beginning of Wilson's period in office: Premier Dry died in office on 1 August 1869 and Wilson was commissioned as head of new government on 4 August. The two ministers in the House of Assembly during Dry's government, Thomas Daniel Chapman and William Lambert Dobson, accepted commissions for the same ministries in the Wilson government.
Premier in upper house: Wilson accepted his commission as Premier while a member of the Legislative Council. He was the fourth Tasmanian premier to hold the office while a member of the Legislative Council. His Colonial Treasurer, Thomas Daniel Chapman led for the government in the House of Assembly.
Loss of election (Wilson): Wilson's government lost a vote of confidence over taxation measures and Wilson offered to resign as Premier but 'no new government could be formed so an election was required in September 1872', Newman, p. 23 (see 'References', below). The loss of a vote confidence after the election ended Wilson's period in office.
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 115-192, (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 Wilson's career, see Neil Smith, 'Wilson, Sir James Milne (1812 - 1880)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, pp 415-416, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1976), on line at: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A060447b.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).