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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 6 December 1860


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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)
6 December 1860

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
91,410
Number of Assembly seats
72
Number of uncontested seats
19
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
24,829
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
66,581
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
28,497
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
42.80%
Total valid votes
46,308
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
Not applicable
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
36
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 6 December 1860
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)  46,308  100.00  0.00  72  19  100.00 
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 46,308  100.00    72  19  100.00 


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Notes

Election dates: Elections were held over the period from 6 to 24 December 1860 (nominations were open from 5 to 21 December 1860).

Premier in office at election: There had been two changes of premier since the 1859 election: Cowper was replaced as premier by Forster on 27 October 1859; Robertson replaced Forster as premier on 9 March 1860; for details and references, see the entries for these premiers in the 'Governments' section of this website.

Establishment of Queensland and the electoral system: The establishment of Queensland as a self-governing colony from the territory of New South Wales on 1 December 1859 led to the reduction of the membership of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly by 8 members. At the 1860 New South Wales election, the Assembly had 72 members chosen from 52 single member electoral districts, 6 two-member districts, and 2 four-member districts (60 electoral districts in total); for information on the electoral system established by the 1858 Electoral Act which applied to this election, see the notes to the 1859 New South Wales Legislative Assembly election and, for a description of the style of electioneering, see 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 (46,274) was greater than the number of voters. Without accurate figures for the number of voters, the turnout rate cannot be calculated.

'Free selection' as an election issue: 'The December 1860 election was one of the most hard fought in the 19th century, with the issue of free selection dominating the contest in both city and country electorates', David Clune and Gareth Griffith, Decision and Deliberation: The Parliament of New South Wales 1856-2003, p. 19, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 186287591X); this publication gives comprehensive information on the Parliament of New South Wales during this period.

References: For a description and analysis of the style of parliamentary government in this period, see P Loveday and A W Martin, Parliament, Factions and Parties: The First Thirty Years of Responsible Government in New South Wales, 1856-1889, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1966), and 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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