Dibbs ministry (1889)

The second Dibbs ministry was the 25th ministry of the Colony of New South Wales, and was the second of three occasions of being led by the tenth Premier, the Honourable George Dibbs. Dibbs was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1874.

Second Dibbs ministry
25th Cabinet of the Colony of New South Wales
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Premier George Dibbs and the Colony of New South Wales (1863–1900)
Date formed17 January 1889 (1889-01-17)
Date dissolved7 March 1889 (1889-03-07)
People and organisations
Head of stateQueen Victoria (represented by The Lord Carrington)
Head of governmentGeorge Dibbs
No. of ministers10
Member partyunaligned
Status in legislatureMinority government
Opposition partyFree Trade Party
Opposition leaderHenry Parkes
PredecessorFourth Parkes ministry
SuccessorFifth Parkes ministry

In a period of great financial stress for the Colony, this ministry covers just 49 days from 17 January 1889 until 7 March 1889. Dibbs took over as Premier on the first occasion in October 1885 following resignation of the Hon. Alexander Stuart MLA due to ill-health, with his ministry lasting for 75 days. Dibbs served as Colonial Secretary in the Jennings ministry, before it too suffered budgetary pressures. It was during this time that the party system was formed in New South Wales with Dibbs aligning himself with the Protectionist Party.[1][2][3] Dibbs was succeeded by Henry Parkes.[4]

Composition of ministryEdit

Portfolio Minister Term start Term end Term length
Colonial Secretary
Hon. George Dibbs MLA 17 January 1889 7 March 1889 49 days
Colonial Treasurer Hon. James Garvan MLA
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Hon. Edmund Barton MLC
Secretary for Lands Hon. William Lyne MLA
Secretary for Public Works Hon. James Fletcher MLA
Minister of Justice Hon. Thomas Slattery MLA
Minister of Public Instruction Hon. Francis Suttor MLA
Secretary for Mines Hon. John Chanter MLA
Postmaster-General Hon. Henry Clarke MLA
Vice-President of the Executive Council Hon. Sir John Lackey MLA

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mansfield, Bruce E. "Dibbs, Sir George Richard (1834–1904)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Sir George Richard Dibbs (1834–1904)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ Serle, Percival. "Dibbs, Sir George Richard (1834–1904)". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Project Gutenberg Australia. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  4. ^ "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 17 July 2011.


Preceded by
Fourth Parkes ministry
Second Dibbs ministry
Succeeded by
Fifth Parkes ministry