ID 0136

State Government of Tasmania beginning 30 March 1887 - period in office of Premier Fysh, Philip Oakley ending on 17 August 1892

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

Fysh, Philip Oakley
Date of beginning of period in office
30 March 1887
Date of end of period in office
17 August 1892 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Defeat in parliament (see note) 
Reason for end of this government
Defeat in parliament
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
Coalition partner 2
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Party support in parliament at beginning of period
If change in parliamentary support during period
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Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
Number from party of premier
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
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
TAS 22 May 1891Philip Oakley FyshMinisterialistsPhilip Oakley FyshMinisterialists
TAS 30 May 1877Thomas ReibySupport from parliamentary factions and independentsPhilip Oakley FyshSupport from parliamentary factions and independents

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Defeat in parliament (Agnew): Beginning of Fysh's second period in office: 'Following the 1886 election in which the 'Continuous Ministry' lost seats [see Reynolds, pp 151-167, (see 'References', below)], the government suffered a series of reverses and eventually Agnew resigned. [William] Moore was sent for on the advice of Agnew, but was unable to form a government, and the opposition group formed a new ministry led by Fysh', Hughes and Graham, p. 253 (see 'Sources', below).

Premier in upper house: Fysh accepted his commission as Premier while a member of the Legislative Council. He was the ninth and last Tasmanian Premier to hold the office while a member of the Legislative Council. His Treasurer, Bolton Stafford Bird, led for the government in the House of Assembly; see Terry Newman, Sandstone and Statutes: A History of the Tasmanian Parliament, (in process).

Defeat in Parliament (Fysh): 'On 11 August 1892 a motion by Dobson calling on Ministers to amend their financial proposals was passed 19-15. Fysh resigned and became Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council...', Hughes and Graham, p. 253 (see 'Sources', 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, [1956]), and note Terry Newman, Tasmanian Premiers 1856-1988: A Biographical Handbook, (Hobart: Tasmanian Parliamentary Library, [1988]).

For a survey of Fysh's career, see Quentin Beresford, 'Fysh, Sir Philip Oakley (1835 - 1919)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, p. 602, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1981), on line at:


'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); and Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700).