ID 0040

State Government of New South Wales beginning 15 June 1904 - period in office of Premier Waddell, Thomas ending on 30 August 1904



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

Premier
Waddell, Thomas
Date of beginning of period in office
15 June 1904
Date of end of period in office
30 August 1904 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Change of party leader (see note) 
Reason for end of this government
Loss of general election
Number of days in office
76 

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Progressive Party (Progressives)
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
--none--
Coalition partner 2
--none--
Coalition partner 3
--none--
Coalition partner 4
--none--
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
Minority
If change in parliamentary support during period
--none--  
If further change during period
--none--  

Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
8
Number from party of premier
8
Number from coalition party 1
0
Number from coalition party 2
0
Number from upper house
2
Number who are women
0

Assembly elections contested as premier or after which became premier (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

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Election Premier at election Premier's party Premier after election Premier's party
NSW 6 August 1904Thomas WaddellProgressive Party (Progressives)Joseph Hector McNeil CarruthersLiberal Party

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Notes

Change of party leader (John See): Beginning of Waddell's period in office; 'In June 1904 [John] See retired as Premier on personal grounds, and advised the Governor, Sir Henry Rawson, to send for Crick. The Governor refused and eventually commissioned Waddell to form a a new ministry', Hughes and Graham, p. 61 (see 'Sources', below). For a description of the circumstances which led to the resignation of John See and his replacement by Waddell, see Hogan in 'References', below.

Progressive Party: After Waddell became Premier of a minority Progressive Party government on the resignation of John See, lack of popular support for the government prompted some members to call themselves Ministerialists and contest the 1904 election under this party label; see Michael Hogan, '1904', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 1 (1901 to 1927), pp. 29-57, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907390).

Loss of election (Waddell): See Michael Hogan, '1904' in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 1 (1901 to 1927), pp. 29-57, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907390).

References: For an analysis of the role of Premier in New South Wales, see David Clune and Ken Turner, 'Introduction: The Changing Role of the Premier in the 20th Century', pp. 1-14, in Clune and Turner vol. 2 (see, 'Sources', below).

For a survey of Waddell's political career, see Michael Hogan, 'Thomas Waddell', in Clune and Turner, vol. 2, pp. 33-42 (see 'Sources', below), and A R Buck, 'Waddell, Thomas (1854?-1940)', in John Ritchie (general editor) Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 12, pp. 337-338, (Melbourne; Melbourne University Press, 1990, ISBN 0522844375).

Sources

David Clune and Ken Turner (editors), The Premiers of New South Wales, vol. 2, (1901-2005), (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 186287551); Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, pp. 57-85, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); New South Wales, Parliament, The New South Wales Parliamentary Record: Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, 1824-1999, vol. VI, pp. 246-308, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales, 1999). In consulting these sources, note the difference between ministries and periods in office.

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