• Publication Date: January 18, 2006
  • EAN: 9781862875500
  • 272 pages; 6" x 8⅝"

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


Product Description

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.

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

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