|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|WA 28 June 1904||Walter Hartwell James||Ministerialists||Henry Daglish||Australian Labor Party|
Loss of general election (James): Beginning of Daglish's period in office: 'Following the June 1904 election the Ministerialists found themselves in a minority. A motion moved by Daglish, Leader of the Opposition and of the Labor Party, amending the Address-in-reply, was carried 27-19 on 9 August. Independent members voted with Labor. James then resigned and Daglish was commissioned', Hughes and Graham, p. 226 (see 'Sources', below). Daglish became Premier of a minority Australian Labor Party government, the first Labor government in Western Australia.
Defeat in parliament: 'On 17 August 1905 a motion by Daglish endorsing the acquisition of the Midland Railway was lost, some Labor members voting with the Opposition. Daglish resigned', Reid and Oliver, p. 112 (see 'Sources', below).
Ministerialists and the emergence of political parties: During the 1890s, factional politics 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.
For the emergence of the Australian Labor Party in Western Australia, see H J Gibney, 'Western Australia', in D J Murphy (editor), Labor in Politics: The State Labor Parties in Australia 1880-1920, pp 341-387, (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1975, ISBN 0702209392); and Brian de Garis, 'Western Australia', in P Loveday, A W Martin and R S Parker (editors), The Emergence of the Australian Party System, pp 298-354 (Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1977, ISBN 0908094035).
References: For a study of the style of parliamentary politics at the time, see Brian de Garis, 'Self-Government and the Emergence of Political Parties, 1890-1911', in David Black (editor), The House on the Hill: A History of the Parliament of Western Australia 1832-1990, pp 63-95, (Perth: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Parliament of Western Australia, 1991, ISBN 0730939839), and note C T Stannage, 'The Composition of the Western Australian Parliament 1890-1911', University Studies in History, 4 (3), 1965: 85-94.
Summary information on Western Australian premiers from 1890 to 1982 and a short essay, 'The Premiers -- An Introductory Comment', can be found in Reid and Oliver (see 'Sources', below).
For a survey of Daglish's career, see H J Gibbney, 'Daglish, Henry (1866 - 1920)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, pp 189-190, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1981), on line at:
Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); John Mandy and David Black (editors),The Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook Centenary Edition, (Perth: Parliamentary History Project, Parliament of Western Australia, 1990, ISBN 0731697847); G S Reid and M R Oliver, The Premiers of Western Australia 1890-1982, (Perth: University of Western Australia Press, 1982, ISBN 0855642149).