|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|TAS 2 April 1903||Neil Elliott Lewis||Ministerialists||William Bispham Propsting||Ministerialists|
Loss of election: 'Following the April 1903 elections in which Lewis lost his seat, Propsting, Leader of the Opposition and leader of the Liberal-Democrat group, was commissioned', Hughes and Graham, p. 255 (see 'Sources', below).
Defeat in Parliament: 'Following defeats in the Legislative Council, cabinet interviewed the Lieutenant-Governor on 30 June  seeking a dissolution which was refused. An Opposition no-confidence motion was tabled and Propsting resigned. Evans, Leader of the Opposition, was commissioned', Hughes and Graham, p. 255 (see 'Sources', below).
Ministerialists: 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. But these groupings were still fluid. The term ministerialists is often applied to groupings which, for a variety of reasons, supported a particular government. Hughes and Graham (p. 254, see 'Sources', below) and Reynolds (p. 211, see, 'References', below) label the Propsting ministry as Liberal-Democrat but the term reflects the predisposition of the premier and his supporting group rather than a party organization.
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 211-212, (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 Propsting's career, see D Nairn Thorp, 'Propsting, William Bispham (1861 - 1937)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, pp 302-303, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1988), on line at: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110310b.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); 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).