ID 0280

State Government of New South Wales beginning 17 August 1877 - period in office of Premier Robertson, John ending on 18 December 1877



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

Premier
Robertson, John
Date of beginning of period in office
17 August 1877
Date of end of period in office
18 December 1877 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Defeat in parliament (see note) 
Reason for end of this government
Loss of general election
Number of days in office
123 

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
9
Number from party of premier
9
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
2
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 16 October 1885George Richard DibbsSupport from parliamentary factions and independentsJohn RobertsonSupport from parliamentary factions and independents
NSW 24 October 1877John RobertsonSupport from parliamentary factions and independentsJames Squire FarnellSupport from parliamentary factions and independents
NSW 8 December 1874Henry ParkesSupport from parliamentary factions and independentsJohn RobertsonSupport from parliamentary factions and independents
NSW 3 December 1869John RobertsonSupport from parliamentary factions and independentsJohn RobertsonSupport from parliamentary factions and independents
NSW 6 December 1860John RobertsonSupport from parliamentary factions and independentsJohn RobertsonSupport from parliamentary factions and independents

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Notes

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

Loss of election (Robertson): Robertson 'Obtained dissolution after defeat in Legislative Assembly. Election result uncertain. Resigned following defeat on censure motion when Legislative Assembly met after election', 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 Robertson's political career, see Trevor McMinn, 'John (later Sir John) Robertson', in Clune and Turner, vol. 1, pp. 81-101 (see 'Sources', below), and Bede Nairn, 'Robertson, Sir John (1816-1891)', in Bede Nairn (general editor), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 6, pp. 38-46, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1976, ISBN 0522841082).

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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