The Holman ministry (1916 – 1920) or Second Holman ministry or Holman Nationalist ministry was the 36th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 19th Premier, the Honourable William Holman, MLA.
Holman was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1898, serving until 1920, before being elected to the Australian House of Representatives. Holman had earlier served as Deputy Leader in the ministry of James McGowen, before replacing McGowen as leader of the parliamentary Labor Party and serving as Labor Premier between 1913 and 1916.
Crossing the floor to vote against a Labor Government motion that opposed conscription for World War I, Holman formed an alliance with the leader of the conservative opposition, Charles Wade. This was part of a larger split in the Labor Party between pro- and anti-conscription views. Shortly afterward, this alliance became the New South Wales chapter of the Nationalist Party of Australia, with Holman as leader.
In an unusual measure, Holman, as a Labor Premier and Leader, was suspended as a member of the Labor Party for supporting conscription. At the 1917 state election, Holman stood as a candidate for the Nationalist Party, and successfully retained his seat of Cootamundra.
The ministry covers the period from 15 November 1916 until 12 April 1920 when Holman lost his seat as serving Premier and his government was defeated at the 1920 state election by Labor's John Storey.
The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Holman on 15 November 1916 and covers the period up to 30 October 1918, unless the Minister retains the portfolio for the full term. Ministers are listed in order of seniority.^a Holman stepped aside as Colonial Treasurer, to be Premier, without portfolio, which triggered the reshuffle.
^b Fuller was subsequently knighted, whilst in office (see Third arrangement).
^c Grahame resigned from the ministry, triggering a reshuffle in January 1920 (see Third arrangement).
^d Beeby was absent from State from October 1919 until July 1919, resulting in a subsequent reshuffle where he was not reappointed to the ministry.
This arrangement covers the period from 30 October 1918 until 23 July 1919, unless the Minister retains the portfolio for the full term. Ministers are listed in order of seniority. Only changes in portfolios are shown below.^e Fitzpatrick replaced Holman as Colonial Treasurer.
This arrangement covers the period from 23 July 1919 until 12 April 1920, when Holman's Nationalist government was defeated at the 1920 election. Only changes in portfolios are shown below.^b Fuller was knighted while in office.
^f Both Hall and Grahame resigned from the ministry, just weeks before the 1920 election, requiring a final reshuffle.
^g A new portfolio of Housing was created in 1919; Hall shifted from Attorney General as inaugural Minister, resigning six months later.