ID 0055

State Government of New South Wales beginning 5 August 1939 - period in office of Premier Mair, Alexander ending on 16 May 1941

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

Mair, Alexander
Date of beginning of period in office
5 August 1939
Date of end of period in office
16 May 1941 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Defeat in parliament 
Reason for end of this government
Loss of general election
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
United Australia Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
Country Party
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')

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Election Premier at election Premier's party Premier after election Premier's party
NSW 10 May 1941Alexander MairUnited Australia PartyWilliam John McKellAustralian Labor Party

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Defeat in parliament (Stevens): Beginning of Mair's period in office; 'In July 1939 [Eric] Spooner resigned from the ministry in protest against its financial policy and what he regarded as Bruxner's [deputy premier and leader of the Country Party] undue influence. He subsequently moved a motion critical of Stevens's policy which Stevens treated as a motion of censure. It was carried 43-41 on 3 August; five government supporters were overseas or ill, but ten UAP members and the Independent member voted with Labor. Neither Spooner or Lang had the numbers to form an alternative ministry; when Stevens resigned he advised the Governor to call upon Mair. Mair then formed a coalition with Bruxner', Hughes and Graham, p. 76, (see 'Sources', below).

Loss of election (Mair): See David Clune, '1941', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 2 (1930-1965), pp. 167-201, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907404).

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 Mair's political career, see Gilbert van der Jagt, 'Alexander Mair', in Clune and Turner, vol. 2, pp. 237-248 (see 'Sources', below), and Peter Ewer and Peter Spearritt, 'Mair, Alexander (1889-1969)', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Searle (general editors), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, pp. 385-386, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1996, ISBN 0522843271).


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.