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McKell ministry (1941–44)

The McKell ministry (1941–1944) or First McKell ministry was the 50th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 27th Premier, the Honourable William McKell, MLA, of the Labor Party. The ministry was the first of two occasions when the Government was led by McKell, as Premier.

McKell was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1917 and served continuously until 1947, when he resigned to become the 12th Governor-General of Australia. Having served as a junior minister in the first and third ministries of Jack Lang, during the 1930s McKell came to oppose Lang's dictatorial rule and critical of electoral failures. In 1939 McKell displaced Lang as Labor leader and NSW Leader of the Opposition.[1]

McKell led Labor to victory at the 1941 state election, defeating the United Australia Party/Country Party coalition of Alexander Mair and Michael Bruxner.

This ministry covers the period from 16 May 1941 until 8 June 1944[2][3] when the 1944 state election saw McKell re-elected for a subsequent term.

Composition of ministry

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier McKell on 16 May 1941 and covers the full term of government, until 8 June 1944. Ministers are listed in order of seniority.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Colonial Treasurer
Hon. William McKell, MLA   Labor 16 May 1941 8 June 1944 3 years, 23 days
Deputy Premier
Colonial Secretary
Secretary for Mines
Hon. Jack Baddeley, MLA  
Minister for National Emergency Services Hon. Bob Heffron, MLA  
Attorney–General Hon. Clarrie Martin, KC, MLA  
Minister for Agriculture and Forests Hon. Bill Dunn, MLA  
Minister of Education Hon. Clive Evatt, KC, MLA  
Minister for Labour and Industryand Social Services Hon. Hamilton Knight, MLA  
Minister for Justice
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in the Legislative Council
Hon. Reg Downing, MLC  
Secretary for Public Works Hon. Joseph Cahill, MLA  
Minister for Health Hon. Gus Kelly, MLA  
Minister for Local Governmentand Housing Hon. Jim McGirr, MLA  
Minister for Lands Hon. Jack Tully, MLA  
Minister for Transport Hon. Maurice O'Sullivan, MLA  
Assistant Minister Hon. Carlo Lazzarini, MLA  
Hon. William Dickson, MLC  

See also


  1. ^ Clune, David (2011). "The life and times of William McKell". The McKell Institute. Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  2. ^ "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 12 March 2012.
  3. ^ Wah, Malvyne Jong; Page, Jeffrey E. (November 2007). "New South Wales Parliamentary Record 1824 – 2007" (PDF). VIII. Parliament of New South Wales: 276. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
Preceded by
Mair–Bruxner ministry
McKell ministry (1941–1944)
Succeeded by
McKell ministry (1944–1947)