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Bavin ministry

Bavin ministry
44th Cabinet of the State of New South Wales
Premier Thomas Bavin
Date formed18 October 1927
Date dissolved3 November 1930
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge V
GovernorSir Dudley de Chair / Sir Phillip Game
Head of governmentThomas Bavin
No. of ministers12
Member partyNationalist
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderJack Lang
Election(s)1927 New South Wales election
PredecessorLang ministry (1927)
SuccessorLang ministry (1930-1932)

The Bavin ministry was the 44th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 24th Premier, Thomas Bavin, in a Nationalist coalition with the Country Party, led by Ernest Buttenshaw.

Bavin was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1917 and served continuously until 1935. Having served as a senior minister in the first and second Fuller ministries, in 1925 Bavin was elected leader of the Nationalist Party in New South Wales and became Leader of the Opposition. Buttenshaw was also first elected to the Assembly in 1917 and served continuously until 1938. Initially a member of the Nationalist Party, in 1922 he helped establish the Progressive Party and became a member of its successor, the Country Party, and elected as party leader in 1925.[1]

Following an agreement by the Nationalist and Country parties not to stand candidates against each other, the coalition won the 1927 state election, defeating the Labor government led by Jack Lang. Bavin became Premier and Colonial Treasurer; and Buttenshaw, a senior minister.

This ministry covers the period from 18 October 1927 until 3 November 1930[2] when the 1930 state election was held in the wake of the Great Depression resulting in the loss of the Coalition, with Lang regaining government as the third Lang ministry.

Composition of ministry

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Bavin on 18 October 1927 and covers the period up to 3 November 1930.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Premier Thomas Bavin   Nationalist 18 October 1927 3 November 1930 3 years, 16 days
Treasurer 15 April 1929 1 year, 179 days
Bertram Stevens 16 April 1929 3 November 1930 1 year, 201 days
Assistant Treasurer 18 October 1927 15 April 1929 1 year, 179 days
Secretary for Public Works Ernest Buttenshaw   Country 3 November 1930 3 years, 16 days
Minister for Railways[a] 16 April 1929 1 year, 180 days
Attorney General
Vice-president of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Francis Boyce, MLC   Nationalist 3 November 1930 3 years, 16 days
Chief Secretary Albert Bruntnell[b] 31 January 1929 1 year, 105 days
Thomas Bavin 1 February 1929 15 April 1929 73 days
Frank Chaffey 16 April 1929 3 November 1930 1 year, 201 days
Minister for Lands Richard Ball 18 October 1927 3 years, 16 days
Minister for Agriculture Harold Thorby   Country
Minister for Education David Drummond
Minister for Local Government Michael Bruxner
Secretary for Mines
Minister for Forests
Frank Chaffey   Nationalist 15 April 1929 1 year, 179 days
Reginald Weaver 16 April 1929 3 November 1930 1 year, 201 days
Minister of Justice John Lee 18 October 1927 3 years, 16 days
Minister for Labour and Industry Ernest Farrar, MLC
Minister for Public Health Richard Arthur
Honorary Minister James Ryan, MLC

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

  1. ^ Ernest Buttenshaw resigned the portfolio of Minister for Railways on 16 April 1929, but no other Minister was allotted that portfolio, the Railways being administered by the Colonial Treasurer, except in regard to Railway Construction, which remained with the Secretary for Public Works.
  2. ^ Died in office.

See also


  1. ^ McCarthy, John. "Bavin, Sir Thomas Rainsford (Tom) (1874–1941)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
Preceded byLang ministry (1927) Bavin ministry 1927–1930 Succeeded byLang ministry (1930-1932)
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