ID 0152

State Government of Tasmania beginning 15 March 1934 - period in office of Premier Lee, Walter Henry ending on 22 June 1934

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

Lee, Walter Henry
Date of beginning of period in office
15 March 1934
Date of end of period in office
22 June 1934 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Change of party leader 
Reason for end of this government
Loss of general election
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Nationalist Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
Coalition partner 2
Coalition partner 3
Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
If change in parliamentary support during period
If further change during period

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 9 June 1934Walter Henry LeeNationalist PartyAlbert George OgilvieAustralian Labor Party
TAS 10 June 1922Walter Henry LeeNationalist PartyWalter Henry LeeNationalist Party
TAS 31 May 1919Walter Henry LeeNationalist PartyWalter Henry LeeNationalist Party
TAS 25 March 1916John EarleAustralian Labor PartyWalter Henry LeeLiberal Party

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Change of party leader: Beginning of Lee's third period in office: 'On 14 March 1934 McPhee advised the Nationalist parliamentary party that he was retiring because of ill-health. Lee was again elected leader, and was duly commissioned and formed a ministry', Hughes and Graham, p. 261 (see 'Sources', below). Lee became Premier of a Nationalist government which had won a large majority of seats in the House of Assembly at the previous general election in May 1931 but which was soon to be defeated at the general election held in June.

Loss of election: At the general election held in June 1934, the Nationalists lost their majority in the House of Assembly and Lee and his government resigned. Ogilvie became Premier of an Australian Labor Party minority government.

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 221-231, (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 Lee's career, see Scott Bennett, 'Lee, Sir Walter Henry (1874 - 1963)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, pp 52-53, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1986), 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); Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700), and the website of the Parliament of Tasmania,