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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 4 February 1887


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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)
4 February 1887

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
Free Trade Party
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
Free Trade Party
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
256,761
Number of Assembly seats
124
Number of uncontested seats
17
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
30,178
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
226,583
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
128,787
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
56.84%
Total valid votes
252,004
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
Not applicable
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
2,275
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 4 February 1887
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)  252,004  100.00  0.00  124  17  100.00 
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 252,004  100.00    124  17  100.00 


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Notes

Election dates: Elections were held over the period from 4 to 26 February 1887 (nominations were open from 2 to 18 February 1887).

Premier in office at election: There had been two changes of premier since the 1885 election: Robertson had been replaced as premier by Jennings on 26 February 1886; Jennings was replaced as premier by Parkes on 20 January 1887; for details and references, see the entries for these premiers in the 'Governments' section of this website.

Electoral system: Electoral legislation had been passed in 1880 which allowed extra members to be added to electoral districts as their population grew; see Clune and Griffith, p. 34, (see 'Sources', below). At this election, the Assembly had 124 members chosen from 37 single member electoral districts, 23 two-member districts, 7 three-member districts, and 5 four-member districts (72 electoral districts in total). For information on the electoral system established by the 1858 Electoral Act, much of 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.

Parties and the Free Trade Party: Parkes took office as leader of the Free Trade Party supported by ministerialists. For a description and analysis of the style of parliamentary government in this period and the emergence of political parties, 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 P. Loveday, A W Martin and Patrick Weller, 'New South Wales', in P Loveday, A W Martin and R S Parker, (editors), The Emergence of the Australian Party System, pp. 172-248, (Sydney: Hale and Iremonger, 1977 ISBN 0908094035).

Reference: 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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