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Dibbs ministry (1889)

Second Dibbs ministry
25th Cabinet of the Colony of New South Wales
Premier George Dibbs and the Colony of New South Wales (1863–1900)
Date formed17 January 1889 (1889-01-17)
Date dissolved7 March 1889 (1889-03-07)
People and organisations
MonarchQueen Victoria
GovernorThe Lord Carrington
PremierGeorge Dibbs
No. of ministers10
Member partyunaligned
Status in legislatureMinority government
Opposition partyFree Trade Party
Opposition leaderHenry Parkes
PredecessorFourth Parkes ministry
SuccessorFifth Parkes ministry

The second Dibbs ministry was the 25th ministry of the Colony of New South Wales, and was the second of three occasions of being led by the tenth Premier, George Dibbs. Dibbs was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1874. In a period of great financial stress for the Colony, this ministry covers just 49 days from 17 January 1889 until 7 March 1889. Dibbs took over as Premier on the first occasion in October 1885 following resignation of the Alexander Stuart due to ill-health, with his ministry lasting for 75 days. Dibbs served as Colonial Secretary in the Jennings ministry, before it too suffered budgetary pressures. It was during this time that the party system was formed in New South Wales with Sir Henry Parkes leading the Free Trade Party. Dibbs had been elected as an independent free trader, however his opposition to Parkes caused Dibbs to align himself with the Protectionist Party.[1][2][3] Dibbs had assumed office when Parkes lost a vote on the floor of the Assembly. Parliament was dissolved on 19 January 1889 and an election was held in February. There was a significant swing to the Protectionists, gaining 29 seats,[4] however it was insufficient to command a majority of the Legislative Assembly and Parkes resumed the premiership.[1][5]

Under the constitution, ministers in the Legislative Assembly were required to resign to recontest their seats in an election when appointed.[6] On this occasion however no by-elections were required as the ministers had all been appointed prior to the general election.[7]

Composition of ministry

Portfolio Minister Party Term start Term end Term length
Colonial Secretary
George Dibbs   Protectionist 17 January 1889 7 March 1889 49 days
Colonial Treasurer James Garvan
Attorney General
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Edmund Barton MLC
Secretary for Lands William Lyne
Secretary for Public Works James Fletcher
Minister of Justice Thomas Slattery
Minister of Public Instruction Francis Suttor MLC[a]
Secretary for Mines John Chanter
Postmaster-General Henry Clarke
Vice-President of the Executive Council John Lackey MLC

Ministers were members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

See also


  1. ^ Francis Suttor was not a member of parliament at the time of his appointment. He was a candidate for Bathurst at the 1889 election but was unsuccessful,[8] and was appointed to the Legislative Council on 21 February 1889.[9]


  1. ^ a b Mansfield, Bruce E. "Dibbs, Sir George Richard (1834–1904)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Sir George Richard Dibbs (1834–1904)". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ Serle, Percival (1949). "Dibbs, Sir George Richard (1834–1904)". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Sydney: Angus & Robertson. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  4. ^ Green, Antony. "1889 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  6. ^ Twomey, Anne (2004). The Constitution of New South Wales. Federation Press. pp. 442. ISBN 9781862875166. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  7. ^ Green, Antony. "By-elections 1889-91". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  8. ^ Green, Antony. "1889 Bathurst". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Sir Francis Bathurst Suttor (1839-1915)". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 May 2019.


Preceded byFourth Parkes ministry Second Dibbs ministry 1889 Succeeded byFifth Parkes ministry
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