ID 0190

State Government of Victoria beginning 18 November 1924 - period in office of Premier Allan, John ending on 20 May 1927

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

Allan, John
Date of beginning of period in office
18 November 1924
Date of end of period in office
20 May 1927 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Defeat in parliament 
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
Country Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
National Party (Nationalists)
Coalition partner 2
Coalition partner 3
Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
Coalition Minority
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 9 April 1927John AllanCountry PartyEdmond John (Ned) HoganAustralian Labor Party

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Defeat in parliament (Prendergast): Beginning of Allan's period in office; 'The Prendergast ministry was kept in office by Country Party support until November [1924], when the two non-Labor parties reached agreement on the terms for forming a new coalition. They combined to carry a want of confidence motion by 34 to 28 on 12 November [Victoria Parliamentary Debates, 1924 Session, vol. 168, 16 July 1924, pp 1321-1410]. The Governor, Lord Stradbroke, refused Prendergast's request for a dissolution and the latter resigned from office on 13 November. The Governor then interviewed both Allan, [leader of the Country Party], and Peacock [leader of the Nationalists]. He gave Allan a commission to form a new ministry, having received Peacock's assurance that he would assist the Country Party leader in this task. In keeping with an agreement made before the fall of the Prendergast ministry, the twelve cabinet posts (excluding the Premiership) were divided evenly between the Country and [Nationalist] parties. The Country Party Ministers were chosen by exhaustive ballot at a meeting of their party.' Hughes and Graham, p.122 (see 'Sources', below).

On 18 November 1924, Allan was commissioned as Premier of a Country Party and National Party (Nationalists) coalition government, with Peacock as Treasurer. The coalition was one short of a majority in the Assembly but could rely on the support of one of the five candidates elected as Liberals.

Loss of general election (Allan): At the general election for the Assembly on 9 April 1927 the number of seats won by Australian Labor Party only increased by 1 to 28, but the non-Labor representation was split between five groups; the Nationalists (15), the Country Party (10), two members who ran on a Liberal Party ticket, four members from a new Country Progressive Party, and six Independents. While the total number of non-Labor members was unchanged, the two parties that had formed the governing coalition saw their support cut from 32 to 25.

'After the election of 9 April 1927, various proposals for replacing the coalition with an alternative non-Labor administration were discussed. Allan at first favoured meeting the Assembly, but resigned on 13 May without doing so.' Hughes and Graham, p.123 (see 'Sources', below).

References: For a study of Allan's periods in office, see Brian Costar, 'John Allan: The First Agrarian', in Strangio and Costar (editors), ch. 14, (see 'Sources', below). A survey of Allan's career can be found in J. B. Paul, 'Allan, John (1866–1936)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1979), on line here [accessed 17 April 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.