ID 0188

State Government of Victoria beginning 28 April 1924 - period in office of Premier Peacock, Alexander James ending on 18 July 1924

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

Peacock, Alexander James
Date of beginning of period in office
28 April 1924
Date of end of period in office
18 July 1924 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Change of party leader 
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
National Party (Nationalists)
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
VIC 26 June 1924Alexander James PeacockNational Party (Nationalists)Alexander James PeacockNational Party (Nationalists)
VIC 15 November 1917Alexander James PeacockLiberal PartyJohn BowserNational Party (Nationalists)
VIC 26 November 1914Alexander James PeacockLiberal PartyAlexander James PeacockLiberal Party

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Change of party leader (Lawson): Beginning of Peacock's third period in office; 'In April 1924 talks were begun about the possibility of arranging another National-Country Party coalition, but Lawson's unpopularity amongst Country Party members proved an obstacle. A meeting of the National Party [Nationalists] on 23 April, while expressing its confidence in Lawson as Premier, at the same time assured him of its support if he wished to stand for the office of Speaker which was then vacant. On the 24th Lawson announced his willingness to resign and stand for the Speakership. Peacock was then elected leader of the National Party [Nationalists] and was commissioned to form the new ministry, which closely resembled its predecessor, most of the ministers having been requested by the Governor to retain their offices in the new administration.' Hughes and Graham, pp 121-122 (see 'Sources', below).

Defeat in parliament (Peacock): 'After the [Assembly] election of 26 June 1924, Peacock explored the possibility of forming another coalition with the Country Party. Finding the latter's terms unacceptable, the Government met the Assembly and was defeated on a Labor no confidence motion carried on 16 July 43-16 by the combined votes of the Country and Labor parties. Peacock immediately resigned his commission, ...' Hughes and Graham, p.122 (see 'Sources', below); Victoria Parliamentary Debates, 1924 Session, vol. 164, 16 july 1924, pp 42-56.

References: For a study of Peacock's periods in office, see John Chesterman, 'Alexander Peacock: The Laughing Pragmatist', in Strangio and Costar (editors), ch. 11, (see 'Sources', below). A survey of Peacock's career can be found in Alan Gregory, 'Peacock, Sir Alexander James (1861–1933)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1988), on line here [accessed 31 March 2014].


Colin Hughes and B D Graham (editors), A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); Parliament of Victoria, One Hundred Years of Responsible Government 1856-1956, (Melbourne: Government Printer, 1957, Parliamentary Paper No. 40 of 1956-58); Paul Strangio and Brian Costar (editors), The Victorian Premiers 1856-2006, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 9781862876019); Raymond Wright, A People's Counsel: A History of the Parliament of Victoria 1856-1990, (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992, ISBN 0195533593). Victoria Hansard (Record of Parliamentary Debates) on line here .

In consulting these sources, note the difference between ministries and periods in office.