ID 0301

State Government of Tasmania beginning 25 April 1857 - period in office of Premier Weston, William Pritchard ending on 12 May 1857

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

Weston, William Pritchard
Date of beginning of period in office
25 April 1857
Date of end of period in office
12 May 1857 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Defeat in parliament (see note) 
Reason for end of this government
Resignation of premier (see note)
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Support from parliamentary factions and independents
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
Coalition partner 2
Coalition partner 3
Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
If change in parliamentary support during period
If further change during period

Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
Number from party of premier
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
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
TAS 29 May 1861William Pritchard WestonSupport from parliamentary factions and independentsThomas Daniel ChapmanSupport from parliamentary factions and independents

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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, [1956]), and note Terry Newman, Tasmanian Premiers 1856-1988: A Biographical Handbook, (Hobart: Tasmanian Parliamentary Library, [1988]).

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:


'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).