Baker Ministry

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Baker ministry
2nd cabinet of the Colony of South Australia
John Baker SA.jpg
Date formed21 August 1857 (1857-08-21)
Date dissolved1 September 1857 (1857-09-01)
People and organisations
Head of stateQueen Victoria (Monarch)
Sir Richard MacDonnell (Governor)
Head of governmentJohn Baker
No. of ministers6
Member partyunaligned
Status in legislatureMinority Government
Opposition partyunaligned
PredecessorFinniss Ministry
SuccessorTorrens Ministry

The Baker Ministry was the 2nd Ministry of the Government of South Australia, led by Premier John Baker. It commenced on 21 August 1857 after Baker's allies defeated the Finniss Ministry in the House of Assembly. The ministry lost a confidence vote after only two days, announced that they would resign, and adjourned parliament until the formation of the Torrens Ministry on 1 September 1857. At 11 days in office, it is the third-shortest ministry in South Australian history.[1][2]

Composition of ministry[edit]

Portfolio Minister Term commence Term end Term of office
Chief Secretary
Hon. John Baker MLC 21 August 1857 1 September 1857 11 days
Colonial Treasurer Hon. Capt. John Hart MHA
Attorney-General Hon. Edward Gwynne MLC
Commissioner of Crown Lands and Immigration Hon. William Milne MHA
Commissioner of Public Works Hon. Arthur Blyth MHA
Hon. John Bagot MHA


  1. ^ "Statistical Record of the Legislature, 1836-2009" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ "SOUTH AUSTRALIA". The Courier (Hobart, Tas. : 1840 - 1859). Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 7 September 1857. p. 2. Retrieved 21 September 2015.