|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|TAS 5 September 1872||James Milne Wilson||Support from parliamentary factions and independents||Frederick Maitland Innes||Support from parliamentary factions and independents|
Loss of election (Wilson): Beginning of Innes's period in office: Wilson's government lost a vote of confidence over taxation measures and Wilson offered to resign as Premier but 'no new government could be formed so an election was required in September 1872', Newman, p. 23 (see 'References', below). The loss of a vote confidence after the election ended Wilson's period in office. Innes was then commissioned to form a government.
Defeat in parliament (Innes): 'Once again fiscal problems caused the government to fall for when Innes attempted to introduce a new railway tax his precarious government was defeated', Newman p. 25, (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 Innes's career, see C M Sullivan , 'Innes, Frederick Maitland (1816 - 1882)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 4, pp 458-459, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1972), on line at: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A040518b.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).