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McGirr ministry (1947)

McGirr ministry
52nd Cabinet of the State of New South Wales
Premier Jim McGirr
Date formed6 February 1947 (6 February 1947)
Date dissolved19 May 1947 (19 May 1947)
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge VI
GovernorSir John Northcott
PremierJim McGirr
Deputy PremierJack Baddeley
No. of ministers15
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyUAP/Country coalition
Opposition leaderVernon Treatt
Election(s)1944 New South Wales election
PredecessorSecond McKell ministry
SuccessorSecond McGirr ministry

The McGirr ministry (1947) or First McGirr ministry was the 52nd ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 28th Premier, Jim McGirr, of the Labor Party. The ministry was the first of three occasions when the Government was led by McGirr, as Premier.

McGirr was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1922 and served continuously until 1952, holding the various seats of Cootamundra, Cumberland, Bankstown, and Liverpool. McGirr was a staunch supporter of Jack Lang and served in the third Lang ministry, he was the only Langite to be appointed to William McKell's first ministry, retaining his portfolio in the second McKell ministry. When McKell stood aside as Premier in 1947 in order to take up an appointment as Governor-General of Australia, there was a bitter struggle for the Labor Leadership between McGirr and Bob Heffron, with McGirr eventually winning by just two votes.[1]

This ministry covers just 102 days, from 6 February 1947 until the 1947 state election, held on 19 May,[2][3] when McGirr led Labor to victory and the Second McGirr ministry was sworn in.

Composition of ministry

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier McGirr on 6 February 1947 and covers until 19 May 1947 when the 1947 state election was held. There were minimal changes from the second McKell ministry, with Clive Evatt replacing McGirr as Minister for Housing and Frank Finnan replacing Evatt.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Jim McGirr   Labor           6 February 1947 19 May 1947 102 days
Minister for Agriculture 13 February 1947 7 days
Eddie Graham 13 February 1947 19 May 1947 95 days
Chief Secretary
Secretary for Mines
Jack Baddeley[a] 6 February 1947 102 days
Deputy Premier
Minister for National Emergency Services
25 February 1947 83 days
Minister for Housing Clive Evatt 6 February 1947 102 days
Minister for Education Bob Heffron[a]
Attorney–General Clarrie Martin, KC[a]
Secretary for Lands Bill Dunn[a]
Minister for Labour and Industry and Social Services Hamilton Knight[a]
Minister of Justice
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in the Legislative Council
Reg Downing, MLC[a]
Secretary for Public Works
Minister for Local Government
Joseph Cahill[a]
Minister for Health Gus Kelly[a]
Minister for Transport Maurice O'Sullivan[a]
Minister for Conservation George Weir[a]
Minister in Charge of Tourist Activities and Immigration Frank Finnan
Assistant Minister William Dickson, MLC[a]

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Retained portfolios of from Second McKell ministry.

See also

  • Members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
  • 1944–1947
  • Members of the New South Wales Legislative Council
  • 1946–1949


  1. ^ Clune, David. "McGirr, James (Jim) (1890-1957)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856–2006". New South Wales Parliament. Retrieved 4 December 2019.


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