The Bavin ministry was the 44th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 24th Premier, the Honourable Thomas Bavin, MLA, in a Nationalist coalition with the Country Party, led by the Honourable Ernest Buttenshaw, MLA.
Bavin was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1917 and served continuously until 1935. Having served as a senior minister in the first and second Fuller ministries, in 1925 Bavin was elected leader of the Nationalist Party in New South Wales and became Opposition Leader. Buttenshaw was also first elected to the Assembly in 1917 and served continuously until 1938. Initially a member of the Nationalist Party, in 1922 he helped establish the Progressive Party and became a member of its successor, the Country Party, and elected as party leader in 1925.
Following an agreement by the Nationalist and Country parties not to stand candidates against each other, the coalition won the 1927 state election, defeating the Labor government led by Jack Lang. Bavin became Premier and Colonial Treasurer; and Buttenshaw, a senior minister.
This ministry covers the period from 18 October 1927 until 3 November 1930 when the 1930 state election was held in the wake of the Great Depression resulting in the loss of the Coalition; with Lang regaining government as the third Lang ministry.
Composition of ministry
The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Bavin on 18 October 1927 and covers the period up to 3 November 1930, unless the Minister retains the portfolio for the full term. Ministers are listed in order of seniority.
|Portfolio||Minister||Party||Term commence||Term end||Term of office|
|Premier||Hon. Thomas Bavin, KC, BA, LLB, MLA||Nationalist||18 October 1927||3 November 1930||3 years, 16 days|
|Colonial Treasurer||15 April 1929||1 year, 179 days|
|Hon. Bertram Stevens, MLA||16 April 1929||3 November 1930||1 year, 201 days|
|Assistant Colonial Treasurer||18 October 1927||15 April 1929||1 year, 179 days|
|Secretary for Public Works||Hon. Ernest Buttenshaw, MLA||Country||3 November 1930||3 years, 16 days|
|Minister for Railways a||16 April 1929||1 year, 180 days|
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
|Hon. Francis Stewart Boyce, KC, BA, LLB, MLC||Nationalist||3 November 1930||3 years, 16 days|
|Colonial Secretary||Hon. Albert Bruntnell, MLA b||31 January 1929||1 year, 105 days|
|Hon. Thomas Bavin, KC, BA, LLB, MLA||1 February 1929||15 April 1929||73 days|
|Hon. Captain Frank Chaffey, MLA||16 April 1929||3 November 1930||1 year, 201 days|
|Minister for Lands||Hon. Richard Ball, MLA||18 October 1927||3 years, 16 days|
|Minister for Agriculture||Hon. Harold Thorby, MLA||Country|
|Minister of Education||Hon. David Drummond, MLA|
|Minister for Local Government||Hon. Lieut-Colonel Michael Bruxner, DSO, MLA|
|Secretary for Mines
Minister for Forests
|Hon. Captain Frank Chaffey, MLA||Nationalist||15 April 1929||1 year, 179 days|
|Hon. Reginald Weaver, MLA||16 April 1929||3 November 1930||1 year, 201 days|
|Minister of Justice||Hon. John Lee, MLA||18 October 1927||3 years, 16 days|
|Minister for Labour and Industry||Hon. Ernest Farrar, MLC|
|Minister for Public Health||Hon. Richard Arthur, MD, MLA|
|Honorary Minister||Hon. James Ryan, MLC|
- ^a Mr Buttenshaw resigned the portfolio of Minister for Railways on 16 April 1929, but no other Minister was allotted that portfolio, the Railways being administered by the Colonial Treasurer, except in regard to Railway Construction, which remained with the Secretary for Public Works.
- ^b Died in office.
- Thomas Bavin - 24th Premier of New South Wales
- Ernest Buttenshaw - Leader of the New South Wales Country Party
- Members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, 1927-1930
- "Former Members - Chronological List of Ministries 1856 to 2009 (requires download)" (Excel spreadsheet). Project for the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in NSW. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
- Wah, Malvyne Jong; Page, Jeffrey E. (November 2007). "New South Wales Parliamentary Record 1824 – 2007" (PDF). VIII. Parliament of New South Wales: 274. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
Lang ministry (1927)
Lang ministry (1930-1932)