Martin ministry (1870–72)
|Third Martin ministry|
|13th cabinet of the Colony of New South Wales|
|Date formed||16 December 1870|
|Date dissolved||13 May 1872|
|People and organisations|
|Head of government||Sir James Martin|
|Head of state||Queen Victoria (represented by The Earl Belmore)|
|No. of ministers||7|
|Status in legislature||Minority government|
|Predecessor||Fifth Cowper ministry|
|Successor||First Parkes 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 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. Martin came to power on this occasion, after Cowper again lost confidence of the Assembly.
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 16 December 1870 until 13 May 1872, when Martin retired. Upon retirement from politics, he was appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Composition of ministry
|Portfolio||Minister||Term start||Term end||Term length|
|Hon. Sir James Martin KCB MLA||16 December 1870||13 May 1872||1 year, 149 days|
|Colonial Secretary||Hon. John Robertson MLA|
|Colonial Treasurer||Hon. George Lord MLA|
|Secretary for Lands||Hon. John Wilson MLA|
|Secretary for Public Works||Hon. James Byrnes MLA|
|Solicitor-General||Hon. William Windeyer MLA|
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
|Hon. Joseph Docker MLC|
- Sir James Martin - sixth Premier of New South Wales
- Self-government in New South Wales
- Members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, 1869–1872
- Members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, 1872–1874
- First Martin ministry (1863–1865)
- Second Martin ministry (1866–1868)
- 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)" (Excel spreadsheet). Project for the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in NSW. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
Fifth Cowper ministry
|Third Martin ministry
First Parker ministry