Storey ministry

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State of New South Wales (1915–1938)

The Storey ministry was the 37th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 20th Premier, the Honourable John Storey, MLA.

Storey was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1901, serving until his death while Premier in 1921, with a break between 1904 and 1907 following the abolition of his seat. Storey was elected Leader of the Australian Labor Party in New South Wales in 1917 and helped to reduce the scale of Labor's defeat in the 1917 election, following the defection of former Labor leader and Premier William Holman to the Nationalist Party of Australia.[1] Storey led Labor to electoral victory at the 1920 state election, with a majority one seat.

The ministry covers the period from 12 April 1920 until 10 October 1821, five days after Storey's death, when the ministry was dissolved and Storey's deputy, James Dooley, was appointed as Premier.[2][3][1]

This ministry marks the first ministry in which the portfolio of Premier was created.[3]

Composition of ministry[edit]

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Storey on 12 April 1920 and covers the period up to 10 October 1821, five days after Storey's death, when the ministry was dissolved. Ministers are listed in order of seniority.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Premier a Hon. John Storey, MLA b   Labor 12 April 1920 5 October 1921 1 year, 176 days
Hon. James Dooley, MLA b   5 October 1921 10 October 1921 5 days
Colonial Secretary
Minister for Housing
  12 April 1920 1 year, 181 days
Colonial Treasurer Hon. Jack Lang, MLA  
Attorney-General Hon. Edward McTiernan, MLA  
Minister of Justice   21 December 1920 253 days
Hon. William McKell, MLA   22 December 1920 10 October 1921 292 days
Minister without portfolio   12 April 1920 21 December 1920 253 days
Secretary for Lands
Minister for Forests
Hon. Peter Loughlin, MLA   10 October 1921 1 year, 181 days
Secretary for Public Works
Minister for Railways
Hon. John Estell, MLA  
Minister of Public Instruction
Minister for Local Government
Hon. Thomas Mutch, MLA  
Secretary for Mines
Minister for Labour and Industry
Hon. George Cann, MLA  
Minister of Agriculture Hon. Bill Dunn, MLA  
Minister of Public Health and Motherhood Hon. John McGirr, MLA  
Solicitor-General Hon. Robert Sproule, MLC   15 April 1920 1 year, 178 days
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Hon. Edward Kavanagh, MLC   21 April 1920 1 year, 172 days
^a First official use of the title 'Premier'.
^b Storey died in office on 5 October. Dooley was appointed Acting Premier, serving from Storey's death until the ministry was dissolved and reformed on 10 October, with Dooley as Premier.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nairn, Bede. "Storey, John (1869 - 1921)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "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 14 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Wah, Malvyne Jong; Page, Jeffrey E. (November 2007). "New South Wales Parliamentary Record 1824 – 2007" (PDF). VIII. Parliament of New South Wales: 267. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
Preceded by
Holman ministry (1916 – 1920)
Storey ministry
1920 – 1921
Succeeded by
Dooley ministry (1921)