Sir Philip Woolcott Game

Sir Philip Woolcott Game (1876-1961), a retired Royal Air Force officer, was Governor of New South Wales in 1930-35, a time of severe economic depression that aggravated political tensions. A liberal and compassionate man, on 13 May 1932 he reluctantly dismissed the Labor government of J. T. Lang for defying Commonwealth legislation preventing the state from defaulting on overseas debts. Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography


13 May 1932

NSW Premier dismissed

To fight the economic depression, NSW Premier Jack Lang defies the federal government by refusing to pay interest on foreign loans in favour of domestic dole support, and instructing government departments not to pay debts to the federal Treasury. In an unprecedented move, Lang and his Cabinet are dismissed by the NSW Governor Sir Philip Game for defying the Commonwealth government’s financial agreements legislation.


Crowd listening to Jack Lang.