13 May 1932 - Premier Jack Lang dismissed

#OnThisDay 13 May 1932 the NSW Premier, Jack Lang, was dismissed from office by NSW Governor Sir Philip Game. Lang is the only Premier of an Australian state to have been dismissed by the state Governor. The NSW government had accumulated large loans and during the Great Depression could not meet the interest payments. Lang found himself in a stand-off with the Commonwealth Government and withdrew £1 million of NSW Government money from the bank to prevent the Commonwealth Government from seizing it. Lang was replaced by Bertram Stevens and he then lost the June 11 state elections.

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The complex events preceding the dismissal have been documented in the literature, and also in the Governor’s papers such as NRS 4545

See the Australian Dictionary of Biography entry for Jack Lang

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