ID 0266

State Government of New South Wales beginning 3 October 1856 - period in office of Premier Parker, Henry Watson ending on 8 September 1857



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

Premier
Parker, Henry Watson
Date of beginning of period in office
3 October 1856
Date of end of period in office
8 September 1857 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Defeat in parliament (see note) 
Reason for end of this government
Defeat in parliament (see note)
Number of days in office
340 

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Support from parliamentary factions and independents
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
--none--
Coalition partner 2
--none--
Coalition partner 3
--none--
Coalition partner 4
--none--
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
Minority
If change in parliamentary support during period
--none--  
If further change during period
--none--  

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

Total number of ministers
6
Number from party of premier
6
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
1
Number who are women

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

This premier did not win office as the result of an election, and was not (or has not been) in office long enough to contest an election as premier ; see 'Period in office' table above.


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Notes

Defeat in parliament (Cowper): Beginning of Parker's period in office; Cowper 'Resigned after defeat in Legislative Assembly on confidence motion', see Clune and Turner, vol. 1 table 3, pp. 228-229 (see 'Sources', below). Parker was then commissioned to form a government .

Defeat in parliament (Parker): Parker 'Resigned after defeat 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 Parker's political career, see Trevor McMinn, 'Henry (later Sir Henry) Watson Parker', in Clune and Turner, vol. 1, pp. 55-66 (see 'Sources', below), and Bede Nairn, 'Parker, Sir Henry Watson (1808-1882)', in Douglas Pike (general editor), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 5, pp. 397-398, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1974, ISBN 522840612).

Sources

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.

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