Premiers of New South Wales


Premiers of New South Wales

:"See Premiers of the Australian states for a description and history of the office of Premier. "Infobox minister office
border = provincial
minister = prime
title = Premier
jurisdiction = New South Wales


incumbent = Nathan Rees
his/her = His
appointed_by = Marie Bashir
governor = Governor of New South Wales
first_minister = Stuart Donaldson
date = 6 June 1856

Before the 1890s, there was no formal party system in New South Wales. Party labels before that time indicate a general tendency only. In the 1860s and 1870s, there was a fairly coherent Liberal tendency, led first by Charles Cowper and then by Henry Parkes. This later developed into the Free Trade Party. There was never an organised Conservative party, although some politicians used this label. Ministries which were not Liberal were usually factional. From the 1880s the party conflict was between Free Traders and Protectionists. This situation continued until the rise of the Labor in the 1890s. After Federation in 1901, the Protectionists renamed themselves Progressives, while the Free Traders became Liberals. These two parties later merged.

List of Premiers of New South Wales

No.NamePartyAssumed officeLeft office
1 Stuart Donaldson6 June 185625 August 1856

2 Charles CowperLiberal26 August 18562 October 1856

3 Henry Parker3 October 18567 September 1857

- Charles Cowper "(2nd time)"Liberal7 September 185726 October 1859

4 William Forster27 October 18598 March 1860

5 John Robertson9 March 18609 January 1861

- Charles Cowper "(3rd time)"Liberal10 January 186115 October 1863

6 James Martin16 October 18632 February 1865

- Charles Cowper "(4th time)"Liberal3 February 186521 January 1866

- James Martin "(2nd time)"22 January 186626 October 1868

- John Robertson "(2nd time)"27 October 186812 January 1870

- Charles Cowper "(5th time)"Liberal13 January 187015 December 1870

- Sir James Martin"(3rd time)"16 December 187013 May 1872

7 Henry ParkesLiberal14 May 18728 February 1875

- John Robertson "(3rd time)"9 February 187521 March 1877

- Henry Parkes "(2nd time)"Liberal22 March 187716 August 1877

- Sir John Robertson "(4th time)"17 August 187717 December 1877

8 James Farnell18 December 187720 December 1878

- Sir Henry Parkes "(3rd time)"Liberal21 December 18784 January 1883

9 Alexander Stuart5 January 18836 October 1885

10 George DibbsProtectionist7 October 18859 October 1885

- John Robertson "(5th time)"22 December 188522 February 1886

11 Sir Patrick JenningsProtectionist26 February 188619 January 1887

- Sir Henry Parkes "(4th time)"Free Trade25 January 188716 January 1889

- George Dibbs "(2nd time)"Protectionist17 January 18897 March 1889

- Sir Henry Parkes "(5th time)"Free Trade8 March 188923 October 1891

- George Dibbs "(3rd time)"Protectionist23 October 18912 August 1894

12 George ReidFree Trade3 August 189413 September 1899

13 William LyneProtectionist14 September 189927 March 1901

14 Sir John SeeProgressive28 March 190114 June 1904

15 Thomas Waddell Progressive15 June 190429 August 1904

16 Joseph CarruthersLiberal Reform30 August 19042 October 1907

17 Charles WadeLiberal2 October 19071 October 1910

18 James McGowenLabor21 October 191029 June 1913

19 William HolmanLabor30 June 191315 November 1916

- William Holman "(2nd time)"Nationalist15 November 191612 April 1920

20 John StoreyLabor13 April 19205 October 1921

21 James DooleyLabor5 October 192120 December 1921

22 George FullerNationalist20 December 192120 December 1921

- James Dooley "(2nd time)"Labor20 December 192113 April 1922

- Sir George Fuller "(2nd time)"Nationalist13 April 192217 June 1925

23 Jack LangLabor17 June 192518 October 1927

24 Thomas BavinNationalist18 October 19273 November 1930

- Jack Lang "(2nd time)"Labor4 November 193013 May 1932

25 Sir Bertram StevensUnited Australia16 May 19324 August 1939

26 Alexander MairUnited Australia5 August 193916 May 1941

27 William McKellLabor16 May 19416 February 1947

28 James McGirrLabor6 February 19472 April 1952

29 Joseph CahillLabor2 April 195222 October 1959

30 Robert HeffronLabor23 October 195930 April 1964

31 Jack RenshawLabor30 April 196413 May 1965

32 Sir Robert Askin*Liberal13 May 19653 January 1975

33 Thomas LewisLiberal3 January 197523 January 1976

34 Sir Eric WillisLiberal23 January 197614 May 1976

35 Neville WranLabor14 May 19764 July 1986

36 Barrie UnsworthLabor4 July 198625 March 1988

37 Nick GreinerLiberal25 March 198824 June 1992

38 John FaheyLiberal24 June 19924 April 1995

39 Bob CarrLabor4 April 19953 August 2005

40 Morris IemmaLabor3 August 20055 September 2008

41 Nathan ReesLabor5 September 2008incumbent

* Askin's given name was Robin but he changed it legally to Robert in 1971, prior to being knighted in 1972. Before then, he was generally known as Bob.

Living former premiers

As of September 2008, seven former Premiers are alive, the oldest being Tom Lewis (1975–76, born 1922). The most recent premier to die was Sir Eric Willis (1976–76), on 10 May 1999.

Deputy Premier of New South Wales

In a Liberal Party-National Party coalition government, the leader of the National Party (formerly known as the Country Party) is also typically the Deputy Premier. The Premier is usually the leader of the Liberal Party.

In an Australian Labor Party government, the leader of the left wing faction is typically the Deputy Premier. The Premier is usually the leader of the dominant right wing faction.

List of Deputy Premiers of New South Wales

* Sir Michael Bruxner, Country, 1932–1941
* John Baddeley, Labor, 1941–1949
* Joseph Cahill Labor, 1949–1952
* Robert Heffron, Labor, 1953–1959
* Jack Renshaw, Labor, 1959–1964
* Pat Hills, Labor, 1964–1965
* Sir Charles Cutler, Country, 1965–1975
* Leon Punch, Country, 1975–1976
* Jack Ferguson, Labor, 1976–1984
* Ron Mulock, Labor, 1984–1988
* Wal Murray, National, 1988v1993
* Ian Armstrong, National, 1993–1995
* Andrew Refshauge, Labor, 1995–2005
* John Watkins, Labor, 2005–2008
* Carmel Tebbutt, Labor, 2008–present

ee Also

*List of Premiers of New South Wales by time in office


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