|First ministry of the Colony of New South Wales|
|Date formed||6 June 1856|
|Date dissolved||25 August 1856|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Queen Victoria (represented by William Denison)|
|Head of government||Stuart Donaldson|
|No. of ministers||6|
|Status in legislature||Minority government|
|Opposition leader||Charles Cowper|
|Successor||First Cowper ministry|
The Donaldson ministry was the first ministry of the Colony of New South Wales, and was led by the Honourable Stuart Donaldson. Despite the first free elections for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly being held in March 1856, it took over two months for Donaldson to form Government. It was sworn in on 6 June 1856, after the 1856 election and lasted just eighty days.
The title of Premier was widely used to refer to the Leader of Government, but not enshrined in formal use until 1920.
There was no party system in New South Wales politics until 1887. Under the constitution, ministers were required to resign to recontest their seats in a by-election when appointed. These by-elections are only noted when the minister was defeated; in general, he was elected unopposed.
This ministry covers the period from 6 June 1856 until on 25 August 1856, when Donaldson resigned his commission, having lost the confidence of the Assembly.
Composition of ministry
|Portfolio||Minister||Term start||Term end||Term length|
|Hon. Stuart Donaldson MLA||6 June 1856||25 August 1856||80 days|
|Colonial Treasurer||Hon. Thomas Holt MLA|
|Attorney-General||Hon. William Manning MLA|
|Solicitor-General||Hon. John Darvall MLA|
Secretary for Lands and Works
|Hon. George Nichols MLA|
|Representative of the Government in Legislative Council||Hon. William C. Mayne MLC|
- Stuart Donaldson - first Premier of New South Wales
- Self-government in New South Wales
- Members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, 1856–1858
- "Former Members - Chronological List of Ministries 1856 to 2009 (requires download)". Project for the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in NSW. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original (Excel spreadsheet) on 15 March 2011. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
First responsible government
First Cowper ministry