Defeat in parliament (Innes): Beginning of Kennerley's period in office: 'Once again fiscal problems caused the government to fall for when Innes attempted to introduce a new railway tax his precarious government was defeated', Newman p. 25, (see 'References', below). Kennerley was then commissioned to form a government.
Premier in upper house: Kennerley accepted his commission as Premier while a member of the Legislative Council. He was the fifth Tasmanian premier to hold the office while a member of the Legislative Council. His Colonial Secretary, Thomas Daniel Chapman, led for the government in the House of Assembly.
Resignation of premier (Kennerley): 'It appears that the personal qualities of the Premier were not sufficient to enable the Ministry to overcome the antagonism of certain factions in the Parliament and so he resigned and retired from public life', Reynolds p. 143, (see 'References', below).
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 Kennerley's career, see 'Kennerley, Alfred (1810 - 1897)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, pp 16-17, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1974), on line at: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A050021b.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).