ID 0287

State Government of New South Wales beginning 20 January 1887 - period in office of Premier Parkes, Henry ending on 17 January 1889



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

Premier
Parkes, Henry
Date of beginning of period in office
20 January 1887
Date of end of period in office
17 January 1889 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Resignation of premier (see note) 
Reason for end of this government
Resignation of premier (see note)
Number of days in office
728 

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Free Trade Party
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
10
Number from party of premier
10
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 17 June 1891Henry ParkesFree Trade PartyHenry ParkesFree Trade Party
NSW 1 February 1889George Richard DibbsProtectionist PartyHenry ParkesFree Trade Party
NSW 4 February 1887Henry ParkesFree Trade PartyHenry ParkesFree Trade Party
NSW 18 November 1880Henry ParkesSupport from parliamentary factions and independentsHenry ParkesSupport from parliamentary factions and independents
NSW 8 December 1874Henry ParkesSupport from parliamentary factions and independentsJohn RobertsonSupport from parliamentary factions and independents
NSW 13 February 1872James MartinSupport from parliamentary factions and independentsHenry ParkesSupport from parliamentary factions and independents

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Notes

Resignation of premier (Jennings): Beginning of Parkes's fourth period in office; Jennings 'Resigned although still possessing a majority in Legislative Assembly', see Clune and Turner, vol. 1 table 3, pp. 228-229 (see 'Sources', below). Parkes accepted a commission to form a government 'on condition that the Governor grant a dissolution' for a general election', Loveday and Martin, pp. 133-134 (see 'References', below).

Resignation of premier (Parkes): Parkes resigned; 'Government defeated in snap vote in Legislative Assembly. Chose to resign although still possessing a majority', 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 the emergence of parties in New South Wales, note also P Loveday, A W Martin and Patrick Weller, 'New South Wales', in P Loveday, A W Martin and R S Parker, (editors), The Emergence of the Australian Party System, pp. 172-248, (Sydney: Hale and Iremonger, 1977 ISBN 0908094035).

For a survey of Parkes's political career, see Geoffrey Bolton, 'Henry (later Sir Henry) Parkes', in Clune and Turner, vol. 1, pp. 121-137 (see 'Sources', below), and A W Martin, 'Parkes, Sir Henry (1815-1896)', in Douglas Pike (general editor), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 5, pp. 399-406, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1974, ISBN 522840612).A W Martin, 'Parkes, Sir Henry (1815-1896)', in Douglas Pike (general editor), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 5, pp. 399-406, (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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