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The Premiers of New South Wales  - Volume One  1856-1901

The Premiers of New South Wales - Volume One 1856-1901

Edited by David Clune and Ken Turner


This is Volume One of an authoritative two-volume work containing biographies of the 13 Colonial Premiers to 1901 and the 26 State Premiers in the 20th century, up to and including Bob Carr.

The portraits are detailed, scholarly and entertaining. Each has a real depth of scholarship while remaining sufficiently concise to satisfy those seeking a quick overview of particular periods or facets of NSW political history.

Volume One’s authors includes acknowledged experts on 19th century Australia such as John Bennett, Geoffrey Bolton, Alan Powell and Martha Rutledge. Volume One and Volume Two are available as individual purchases or as part of the Set.

Sesquicentenary 1856-2006 Responsible Government in New South Wales   A NSW Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government publication.



    Introduction: The Colonial Premiers

    David Clune and Ken Turner
    Stuart (later Sir Stuart) Alexander Donaldson
    David Clune
    Charles (later Sir Charles) Cowper
    Alan Powell
    Henry (later Sir Henry) Watson Parker
    Trevor McMinn
    William Forster
    Trevor McMinn
    John (later Sir John) Robertson
    Trevor McMinn
    James (later Sir James) Martin
    J M Bennett
    Henry (later Sir Henry) Parkes
    Geoffrey Bolton
    James Squire Farnell
    Frank Bongiorno
    Alexander (later Sir Alexander) Stuart
    Martha Rutledge
    George (later Sir George) Richard Dibbs
    T W Campbell
    Sir Patrick Alfred Jennings
    T W Campbell
    George (later Sir George) Houstoun Reid
    Michael Hogan
    William (later Sir William) John Lyne
    Michael Hogan

    Table 1: Background of Premiers
    Table 2: Premiers in Office
    Table 3: Reason Premiers Left Office



    The chapters combine personal biography with a focus on agents of political socialisation,with an assessment of the leaders’ time in parliament. This provides something of a history of NSW politics since, in the 39 lives and careers, reflections of the society surrounding them can be seen. Many of the chapters are written in a lively and readable style, making this collection welcome to those outside the field but interested in the stories that make up the political culture of Australia’s most populous state. Even for a non-resident of NSW these volumes make for interesting reading as the contributors trace patterns and trends through politics, and leadership specifically, over the past 150 years.

    Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol 52 (3), Sept 2006

    An invaluable addition to the reference library of anyone concerned with NSW state politics over the past 150 years.

    Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol 92(1), June 2006

    An important addition to the State’s political heritage.

    Law Society Journal (NSW), Vol 44/6, July 2006


    Published 18 January 2006
    Publisher The Federation Press
    ISBN 9781862875500
    Australian RRP $39.95
    International Price $35.00
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    Government / Political Studies
    Australian History / Studies

    NSW Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government

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