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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 8 June 1859


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General election for the Legislative Assembly
New South Wales
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
8 June 1859

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Premier in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Premier since previous election)
Premier's party affiliation
Support from parliamentary factions and independents
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election.
Premier's party affiliation
Support from parliamentary factions and independents
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
78,231
Number of Assembly seats
80
Number of uncontested seats
16
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
12,601
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
65,630
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
34,451
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
52.49%
Total valid votes
52,151
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
Not applicable
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
26
Electoral system
Male suffrage, plural voting, single and multimember districts, first past the post (plurality) voting, (see notes)


New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 8 June 1859
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

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Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Independents (No disciplined party groupings)  52,151  100.00  0.00  80  16  100.00 
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 52,151  100.00    80  16  100.00 


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Notes

Election dates: Elections were held over the period from 9 June to 7 July 1859 (nominations were open from 7 to 26 June 1859).

Electoral system and franchise: The Electoral Act of 1858 made major changes to the electoral system; it created 'virtual manhood suffrage' (Clune and Griffith, p. 33, see 'Sources', below), introduced the secret ballot, and abandoned community based representation by redrawing electoral district boundaries on the basis of population; see P Loveday and A W Martin, Parliament, Factions and Parties: The First Thirty Years of Responsible Government in New South Wales, 1856-1889, p. 29, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1966). This publication gives a description and analysis of the style of parliamentary government in this period.

Under the 1858 electoral legislation the membership of the Legislative Assembly was increased for this election to 80 chosen from 58 single member electoral districts, 7 two-member, and 2 four-member districts (67 electoral districts in total). The membership was reduced to 72 from 1 December 1859 with the exclusion of eight members from districts which became part of the newly established colony of Queensland. For a description of the style of electioneering, see Michael Hogan, 'Voting in Colonial New South Wales', in Michael Hogan, Leslie Muir and Hilary Golder (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in Colonial New South Wales, pp 25-34, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2007, ISBN 9781862876255), and the Glossary entry elections in New South Wales, 1859 to 1887.

Total ballots cast and turnout: As plural voting was permitted, the number of ballots cast at this election (52,143) was greater than the number of voters. The turnout rate is one estimated by Antony Green (see 'Sources', below).

References: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see David Clune, '1858-59', in Michael Hogan, Leslie Muir and Hilary Golder (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in Colonial New South Wales, pp 63-84, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2007, ISBN 9781862876255). For comprehensive information on the Parliament of New South Wales during this period, see Clune and Griffith, ch. 1, (see 'Sources', below).

Sources

Election details are taken from the extensive information for each Legislative Assembly election provided by Antony Green in 'New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007', displayed on the Parliament of New South Wales website at: https://bit.ly/2smPu96 .

Summary electoral information and electoral maps can be found in Eamonn Clifford, Antony Green and David Clune (editors), The Electoral Atlas of New South Wales 1856-2006, (Bathurst NSW: New South Wales Department of Lands, 2006, ISBN 9780975235423); see also David Clune and Gareth Griffith, Decision and Deliberation: The Parliament of New South Wales 1856-2003, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 186287591X).



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