Martin ministry (1870–1872)

The third Martin ministry was the thirteenth ministry of the Colony of New South Wales, and the third and final occasion of being led by Sir James Martin.

Third Martin ministry
13th Cabinet of the Colony of New South Wales
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Premier Sir James Martin and the Colony of New South Wales (1863–1900)
Date formed16 December 1870 (1870-12-16)
Date dissolved13 May 1872 (1872-05-13)
People and organisations
MonarchQueen Victoria
GovernorThe Earl Belmore
Head of governmentSir James Martin
No. of ministers7
Member partyunaligned
Status in legislatureMinority government
Opposition partyunaligned
Opposition leader
PredecessorFifth Cowper ministry
SuccessorFirst 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.[1] 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 confidence of the Assembly in December 1865.[1] 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. A poll was required for West Sydney with Sir John Robertson and William Windeyer comfortably re-elected. The other ministers were all re-elected unopposed.[2]

This ministry covers the period from 16 December 1870 until 13 May 1872, when Martin retired.[3] Upon retirement from politics, he was appointed as Chief Justice of New South Wales.[1]

Composition of ministryEdit

Portfolio Minister Term start Term end Term length
Attorney General
Sir James Martin 16 December 1870 13 May 1872 1 year, 149 days
Colonial Secretary Sir John Robertson
Colonial Treasurer George Lord
Secretary for Lands Bowie Wilson
Secretary for Public Works James Byrnes
Solicitor General William Windeyer
Representative of the Government in the Legislative Council
Joseph Docker MLC

Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Serle, Percival (1949). "Martin, James (1820–1886)". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Sydney: Angus & Robertson. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ Green, Antony. "1870 to 1872 by-elections". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  3. ^ Part 6 Ministries since 1856 (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 December 2020.


Preceded by Third Martin ministry
Succeeded by