ID 0264

State Government of New South Wales beginning 6 June 1856 - period in office of Premier Donaldson, Stuart Alexander ending on 26 August 1856

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

Donaldson, Stuart Alexander
Date of beginning of period in office
6 June 1856
Date of end of period in office
26 August 1856 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
First ministry (see notes) 
Reason for end of this government
Resignation of premier (see note)
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Support from parliamentary factions and independents
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
Coalition partner 2
Coalition partner 3
Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
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
NSW 11 March 1856Stuart Alexander DonaldsonSupport from parliamentary factions and independents

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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.