Bavin ministry

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State of New South Wales (1915–1938)

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[1][2] 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[edit]

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
Attorney General
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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ 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. 
Preceded by
Lang ministry (1927)
Bavin ministry
1927–1930
Succeeded by
Lang ministry (1930-1932)