ID 0309

State Government of Tasmania beginning 4 August 1873 - period in office of Premier Kennerley, Alfred ending on 20 July 1876

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

Kennerley, Alfred
Date of beginning of period in office
4 August 1873
Date of end of period in office
20 July 1876 
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')

This premier did not win office as the result of an election, and was not (or has not been) in office long enough to contest an election as premier ; see 'Period in office' table above.

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Defeat in parliament (Innes): Beginning of Kennerley's period in office: '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). Kennerley was then commissioned to form a government.

Premier in upper house: Kennerley accepted his commission as Premier while a member of the Legislative Council. He was the fifth Tasmanian premier to hold the office while a member of the Legislative Council. His Colonial Secretary, Thomas Daniel Chapman, led for the government in the House of Assembly.

Resignation of premier (Kennerley): 'It appears that the personal qualities of the Premier were not sufficient to enable the Ministry to overcome the antagonism of certain factions in the Parliament and so he resigned and retired from public life', Reynolds p. 143, (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 Kennerley's career, see 'Kennerley, Alfred (1810 - 1897)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, pp 16-17, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1974), 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).