ID 0056

State Government of New South Wales beginning 16 May 1941 - period in office of Premier McKell, William John ending on 6 February 1947

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

McKell, William John
Date of beginning of period in office
16 May 1941
Date of end of period in office
6 February 1947 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
Reason for end of this government
Change of party leader
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Australian Labor Party
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')

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Election Premier at election Premier's party Premier after election Premier's party
NSW 27 May 1944William John McKellAustralian Labor PartyWilliam John McKellAustralian Labor Party
NSW 10 May 1941Alexander MairUnited Australia PartyWilliam John McKellAustralian Labor Party

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Loss of election (Mair): Beginning of McKell's period in office; 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).

Change of party leader (McKell): 'In February 1947 McKell was appointed to Governor-General on the advice of the Chifley [federal Australian Labor Party] Government. Caucus elected McGirr as leader on 5 February, and he was commissioned on 6 February', Hughes and Graham, p. 78, (see 'Sources', below).

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 McKell's political career, see Ken Turner, 'William (later Sir William) John McKell', in Clune and Turner, vol. 2, pp. 251-277 (see 'Sources', below), and Michael Easson (editor), McKell: The Achievements of Sir William McKell, (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1988, ISBN 0043303897).


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.