|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|TAS 3 October 1866||James Whyte||Support from parliamentary factions and independents||Richard Dry||Support from parliamentary factions and independents|
|TAS 6 November 1862||Thomas Daniel Chapman||Support from parliamentary factions and independents||James Whyte||Support from parliamentary factions and independents|
Loss of election (Chapman): Beginning of Whyte's period in office: 'Although Chapman appeared to have good support as a result of the second general election ..., the Opposition Leader Charles Meredith succeeded in carrying a non-confidence motion on the Government's financial proposals. However, Meredith apparently could not satisfy the new Governor, Thomas Gore-Brown, that he could form a government. The Governor accepted Chapman's advice and the second Parliament, the shortest in Tasmanian history, was dissolved. In spite of the popularity of Chapman's proposals his supporters were defeated, and James Whyte ... formed a government....', Reynolds, p. 130, (see 'References', below).
Premier in upper house: Whyte accepted his commission as Premier while a member of the Legislative Council. He was the second of several Tasmanian premiers to hold the office while a member of the Legislative Council. The Colonial Treasurer, Charles Meredith, led for the government in the House of Assembly during Whyte's period in office as Premier.
Loss of election (Whyte): Charles Meredith, the Colonial Treasurer in Whyte's government, and leader of the government in the House of Assembly, introduced a proposal for a property and income tax which was defeated. 'As nobody was prepared to carry on the government, an election was inevitable and Parliament was dissolved. The election on the old narrow franchise resulted in a defeat for the supporters of Whyte and Meredith who resigned as soon as the new Parliament opened on 20 November, 1866', Reynolds, p. 136, (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 Whyte's career, see Neil Smith, 'Whyte, James (1820 - 1882)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, pp 395-396, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1976), on line at: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A060427b.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).