Martin ministry (1866–68)
|Second Martin ministry|
|10th cabinet of the Colony of New South Wales|
|Date formed||22 January 1866|
|Date dissolved||26 October 1868|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Queen Victoria (represented by Sir John Young, and subsequently The Earl Belmore)|
|Head of government||James Martin|
|No. of ministers||9|
|Status in legislature||Minority government|
|Predecessor||Fourth Cowper ministry|
|Successor||Second Robertson ministry|
Martin was elected in the first free elections for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly held in 1856. He came to power as Premier on the first occasion after he defeated Charles Cowper's government fell in October 1863. Martin was asked to form government on the second occasion, this time in coalition with his former rival, Henry Parkes, after Cowper again lost the conifidence of the Assembly in December 1865.
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 22 January 1866 until 26 October 1868, when Martin resigned.
Composition of ministry
|Portfolio||Minister||Term start||Term end||Term length|
|Hon. James Martin MLA||22 January 1866||26 October 1868||2 years, 278 days|
|Colonial Secretary||Hon. Henry Parkes MLA||17 September 1868||2 years, 239 days|
|Hon. Joseph Docker MLC||28 September 1868||26 October 1868||28 days|
|Representative of the Government in Legislative Council||22 January 1866||2 years, 278 days|
|Postmaster-General||27 September 1868||2 years, 249 days|
|Colonial Treasurer||Hon. Geoffrey Eagar MLA||26 October 1868||2 years, 278 days|
|Secretary for Lands||Hon. John Wilson MLA|
|Secretary for Public Works||Hon. James Byrnes MLA|
|Solicitor-General||Hon. Robert Isaacs MLA|
|Postmaster-General||Hon. Atkinson Tighe MLA||29 September 1868||27 days|
- James Martin - sixth Premier of New South Wales
- Self-government in New South Wales
- Members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, 1864–1869
- First Martin ministry (1863–1865)
- Third Martin ministry (1870–1872)
- Serle, Percival. "Martin, James (1820-1886)". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Project Gutenberg Australia. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
- "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.
Fourth Cowper ministry)
|Second Martin ministry
Second Robertson ministry)