|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|WA 11 September 1908||Newton James Moore||Ministerialists||Newton James Moore||Ministerialists|
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).