|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|TAS 26 July 1886||James Wilson Agnew||Support from parliamentary factions and independents||James Wilson Agnew||Support from parliamentary factions and independents|
Resignation of premier (Douglas): Beginning of Agnew's period in office: Douglas resigned as Premier after nominating himself to the newly created position of Tasmanian Agent-General in London; see Reynolds, p. 165, (see 'References', below). Agnew was commissioned as Premier with the ministers remaining from Douglas's government; this was the last period in office of the so-called 'Continuous Ministry'; see Reynolds, pp 151-167 (see 'References', below).
Premier in upper house: Agnew accepted his commission as Premier while a member of the Legislative Council. He was the eighth Tasmanian premier to hold the office while a member of the Legislative Council. His Attorney-General, John Stockell Dodds, remained in office from Giblin's and Douglas's ministries for most of Agnew's period in office as leader for the government in the House of Assembly, Reynolds, p. 162-163, (see 'References', below).
Defeat in parliament (Agnew): 'Following the 1886 election in which the 'Continuous Ministry' lost seats [see Reynolds, pp 151-167, (see 'References', below)], the government suffered a series of reverses and eventually Agnew resigned', Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, p. 253 (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700).
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 Agnew's career, see F C Green, 'Agnew, Sir James Willson (1815 - 1901)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 3, pp 18-19, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1969), on line at: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A030018b.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).