|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|NSW 16 October 1885||George Richard Dibbs||Support from parliamentary factions and independents||John Robertson||Support from parliamentary factions and independents|
Resignation of premier (Stuart): Beginning of Dibbs's first period in office; Stuart 'Resigned owing to ill health', see Clune and Turner, vol. 1 table 3, pp. 228-229 (see 'Sources', below). Dibbs was then commissioned to form a government.
Loss of election (Dibbs): Dibbs resigned after the election of 16 October 1885; 'Election result uncertain. Narrowly survived confidence vote when House met. Resigned soon after owing to lack of working majority 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 Dibbs's political career, see T W Campbell, 'George (later Sir George) Richard Dibbs', in Clune and Turner, vol. 1, pp. 169-177 (see 'Sources', below), and Bruce E Mansfield, 'Dibbs, Sir George Richard (1834-1904)', in Douglas Pike (general editor), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 4, pp. 65-69, (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.