ID 0221

State Government of Western Australia beginning 7 May 1906 - period in office of Premier Moore, Newton James ending on 16 September 1910

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

Moore, Newton James
Date of beginning of period in office
7 May 1906
Date of end of period in office
16 September 1910 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Resignation of premier (see note) 
Reason for end of this government
Resignation of premier (see note)
Number of days in office

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Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

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Assembly elections contested as premier or after which became premier (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

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WA 11 September 1908Newton James MooreMinisterialistsNewton James MooreMinisterialists

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Resignation of premier (Rason): Beginning of Moore's period in office: 'In April 1906 Rason retired, and, although the Ministerialists favoured Moore, Frank Wilson was commissioned. As neither Gregory nor Moore would serve under [Frank] Wilson, he was unable to form a ministry, and Moore was commissioned in his place', Hughes and Graham, p. 227 (see 'Sources', below). Moore was commissioned as Premier of a majority Ministerialist government.

Resignation of premier (Moore): 'In September 1910 Moore resigned on grounds of ill-health, and Wilson was commissioned', Hughes and Graham, p. 227 (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. Hughes and Graham (p. 227, see 'Sources', below) label the Moore ministry as 'Liberal', but the term reflects the predisposition of the Premier and his supporting group rather than a party organization, even though during Moore's term of office such a body -- National Political Leagues -- was in the process of creation; see de Garis, p. 90 (see 'References', below).

For the emergence of political parties, see 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 Moore's career, see David Adams, 'Moore, Sir Newton James (1870 - 1936)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, pp 567-569, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1986), 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).