|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|TAS 29 May 1861||William Pritchard Weston||Support from parliamentary factions and independents||Thomas Daniel Chapman||Support from parliamentary factions and independents|
Defeat in parliament (Gregson): Beginning of Weston's first period in office: Gregson's government 'was defeated soon after it met the House by a motion of no-confidence proposed by the Anti-Transportation Leader, William Pritchett Weston...'; 'On Gregson's resignation, perplexed Governor Young had to commission the mover of the no-confidence motion, William Pritchett Wilson, who was able to form a government'. Reynolds p. 117, and p. 119, (see 'References', below).
Resignation of premier (Weston): Weston's government 'was quite evidently a stop-gap because after seventeen days Weston resigned and was succeeded by his Attorney-General, Francis Smith', Reynolds, p. 119, (see 'References', below).
References: For a description of the style of parliamentary government in this period, see John Reynolds, 'Premiers and Political Leaders', in F C Green (editor), Tasmania: A Century of Responsible Government 1856-1956, pp 115-192, (Hobart: L G Shea, Government Printer, ), and note Terry Newman, Tasmanian Premiers 1856-1988: A Biographical Handbook, (Hobart: Tasmanian Parliamentary Library, ).
For a survey of Weston's career, see J N D Harrison, 'Weston, William Pritchard (1804-1888)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2, pp 593-594, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1967), on line at: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020535b.htm.
'Ministries: Names of the Members of Successive Ministries which have held Office in Tasmania since the inauguration of Responsible Government, together with the Dates of Appointment and Retirement', Journal of House of Assembly, Second Session of the Forty-Fifth Parliament of Tasmania, Anno LIII and LV Eliz II; Session 2 of the 45th Parliament, Volume 251, 2004-2006, (Hobart: Government Printer, Tasmania).