|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|NSW 11 March 1856||Stuart Alexander Donaldson||Support from parliamentary factions and independents|
First ministry: Donaldson was the first premier to take office as head of government under the system of parliamentary self-government granted to New South Wales by Britain; see 'References', below. On the choice of Donaldson as Premier and the first meeting of the Legislative Assembly, see Loveday and Martin, ch. 1 (see 'References', below), and David Clune, 'Stuart (later Sir Stuart) Alexander Donaldson', pp. 15-33, at pp. 21-29 in Clune and Turner, vol. 1, (see 'Sources', below).
Resignation of premier (Donaldson): Donaldson 'Resigned owing to lack of support in Legislative Assembly', see Clune and Turner, vol. 1 table 3, pp. 228-229 (see 'Sources', below).
References: For a description and analysis of the style of parliamentary government in this period, see David Clune and Ken Turner, 'Introduction: The Colonial Premiers', pp. 1-12, in Clune and Turner vol. 1 (see, 'Sources', below), and Peter Loveday and A W Martin, Parliament, Factions and Parties: The First Thirty Years of Responsible Government in New South Wales, 1856-1889, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1966).
For a survey of Donaldson's political career, see, David Clune, 'Stuart (later Sir Stuart) Alexander Donaldson', pp. 21-29, in Clune and Turner, vol. 1, (see 'Sources', below), and Sandra Draper, 'Donaldson, Sir Stuart Alexander (1812-1867)', in Douglas Pike (general editor), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 4, pp. 84-86, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1972, ISBN 0522840345).
David Clune and Ken Turner (editors), The Premiers of New South Wales, vol. 1, (1856-1901), (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 186287550); G N Hawker, The Parliament of New South Wales 1856-1965, appendix C, (Ultimo, NSW: Government Printer, 1971); New South Wales, Parliament, The New South Wales Parliamentary Record: Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, 1824-1999, vol. VI, pp. 246-308, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales, 1999). In consulting these sources, note the difference between ministries and periods in office.