ID 0285

State Government of New South Wales beginning 22 December 1885 - period in office of Premier Robertson, John ending on 26 February 1886



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
22 December 1885
Date of end of period in office
26 February 1886 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
Reason for end of this government
Defeat in parliament (see note)
Number of days in office
66 

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
1
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

Loss of election (Dibbs): Beginning of Robertson's fifth period in office; 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). Robertson was then commissioned to form a government.

Defeat in parliament (Robertson): Robertson 'Resigned after defeat in Legislative Assembly on censure motion', 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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