|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|TAS 30 May 1877||Thomas Reiby||Support from parliamentary factions and independents||Philip Oakley Fysh||Support from parliamentary factions and independents|
Resignation of premier (Kennerley): Beginning of Reibey's period in office: 'It appears that the personal qualities of the Premier [Kennerley] 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). Reibey was then commissioned to from a government.
Loss of election (Reibey): Reibey lost a vote of confidence in June 1877 and was granted a dissolution. Despite the electoral success of his supporters, Reibey lost another vote of confidence after the election and Fysh was installed for his first period in office as Premier; see Terry Newman, Sandstone and Statutes: A History of the Tasmanian Parliament, (in process).
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 Reibey's career, see Peter Bolger, 'Reibey, Thomas (1821 - 1912)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, p. 17, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1976), on line at: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A060022b.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).