ID 1434

Parliament of Queensland, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 30 May 1863

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General election for the Legislative Assembly
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
30 May 1863

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
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

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

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
Number of Assembly seats
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
See notes
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
See notes
Total valid votes
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
Not applicable
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Electoral system
Male property franchise, plural voting; single member and multimember districts; first past the post (plurality) voting (see notes)

Queensland, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 30 May 1863
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)  4,555  100.00  26  12  100.00 
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 4,555  100.00    26  12  100.00 

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* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.


Election dates:. Elections were held over the period from 30 May to 30 June 1863.

Premier in office after election:

Electoral system and franchise: At this election, there were 9 single member electoral districts, 4 two-member districts and 3 three-member districts (16 electoral districts in total).

Election process: In each electoral district, a nomination meeting was set for a specified date. At this public meeting, the nomination of each candidate was proposed and seconded by a qualified elector and the candidates (or their agents) were expected to speak about their views on current political issues and answer questions. If there was only one candidate or, in a multimember district, if there were only enough candidates to fill the required number of seats, the candidate or candidates were declared elected. Such seats are categorized as uncontested even though some candidates may have withdrawn from contention during the nomination meeting.

If there there were more candidates than seats to be filled by the end of the meeting, a show of hands was taken but, if any candidate (or the returning officer) requested it, a poll by secret ballot was held on a later day. The period between the nomination meeting and the poll might be as short as one day in a city electoral district or several weeks in a country district. The fact that elections were held in different electoral districts over a period of a month permitted an unsuccessful candidate in one district to contest a later election in another district.

Enrolment for contested seats: The total number of voters enrolled for this election shown in Campbell (see reference in 'Sources' below, series 8.1.2) is not broken down between contested and uncontested seats. In the 'Enrolment and voting' table above, notional enrolments are provided for contested and uncontested seats by allocating enrolments in proportion to the number of seats contested, that is, in the ratio of 14 to 12.

Missing data; ballots cast and turnout: No figures are available for the number of ballots cast; as the electoral system required multiple voting in multimember districts and permitted plural voting, the number of votes is likely to be larger than the number of ballots cast and the number of voters. Without knowing the number of ballots cast or the number of voters at this election, it is not possible to calculate the rate of turnout.



The Courier (Brisbane, Qld: 1861-1864), 30 May to 15 July 1863.

Murray Campbell (edited by Glenn Rhodes & illustrated by Mac Vines), Elections Queensland, ([Brisbane]: Electoral Commission of Queensland, 1998, ISBN 0724250077); Parliament of Queensland 'Queensland Electoral and Parliamentary History: Key Dates and Events', Queensland Parliament website: [accessed 20 October 2011].