Robertson ministry (1885–86)

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Fifth Robertson ministry
22nd cabinet of the Colony of New South Wales
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Premier John Robertson and the Colony of New South Wales (1863–1900)
Date formed 22 December 1885 (1885-12-22)
Date dissolved 25 February 1886 (1886-02-25)
People and organisations
Head of state Queen Victoria (represented by The Lord Carrington)
Head of government John Robertson
No. of ministers 9
Member party unaligned
Status in legislature Minority government
Opposition party unaligned
Opposition leader
Predecessor First Dibbs ministry
Successor Jennings ministry

The fifth Robertson ministry was the 22nd ministry of the Colony of New South Wales, and was led by the Premier, the Honourable Sir John Robertson KCMG. It was the fifth and final occasion that Robertson was Premier. Robertson was elected in the first free elections for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly held in March 1856.

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 December 1885 until 25 February 1886, when Robertson's government faltered due to the destablishing influence of his old foe, Sir Henry Parkes.[1] Robertson was succeeded as Premier by Sir Patrick Jennings, and retired from parliament in June 1886.[2][3]

Composition of ministry[edit]

Portfolio Minister Term start Term end Term length
Colonial Secretary
Hon. Sir John Robertson MLA 22 December 1885 25 February 1886 65 days
Colonial Treasurer Hon. John Burns MLA
Minister of Public Instruction Hon. James Young MLA
Minister of Justice Hon. Louis Heydon MLA 4 February 1886 44 days
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Hon. George Simpson MLC 25 February 1886 65 days
Secretary for Lands Hon. Gerald Spring MLA
Secretary for Public Works Hon. Jacob Garrard MLA
Postmaster-General Hon. Daniel O'Connor MLA
Secretary for Mines Hon. Robert Vaughn MLA

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nairn, Bede. "Robertson, Sir John (1816 - 1891)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 13 March 2007. 
  2. ^ Serle, Percival. "Robertson, Sir John (1816-1891)". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Project Gutenberg Australia. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "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 20 March 2011. 
Preceded by
First Dibbs ministry
Fifth Robertson ministry
Succeeded by
Jennings ministry