Election held on 17 July 1894
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'
|Party Name||First preference vote n||First preference vote share %||Change from previous election %||Seats won n||Uncontested seats held n||Seat share %|
|Free Trade Party||56,628||28.18||-12.56||46||0||36.80|
|Australian Labor Party||32,141||15.99||-5.91||14||0||11.20|
|Independent Free Trade Party||23,510||11.70||*||12||0||9.60|
|Independent Protectionist Party||14,662||7.30||*||4||0||3.20|
|Votes for other than listed parties||0||0.00||0.00|
* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.
Election date and electoral districts: This was the first election for the Legislative Assembly where voting was scheduled for the same day throughout the colony. All electoral districts were single member districts; multimember districts were abolished in 1893.
Premier in office at election: The Dibbs Protectionist ministry had replaced Parkes as premier on 23 October 1891 after the Parkes Free Trade ministry was defeated in the Legislative Assembly; for details and references, see the 'Governments' section of this website. For background to the election see Hughes and Graham p. 431 (reference in Sources, below).
Premier after election: Reid, who had become leader of the Free Trade Party after the fall of Parkes, won majority support for his Free Trade ministry but much of this support came from ministerialists and factions within other parties; see Hughes and Graham, pp. 431-432 (reference in Sources, below) and the entries for these premiers in the 'Governments' section of this website
Reference: For a description and analysis of the style of parliamentary government in this period and the emergence of political parties, see 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).
Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, pp. 423-460, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); New South Wales, Parliament, The New South Wales Parliamentary Record: Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, 1824-1999, vol. VI, pp. 7-15, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales, 1999).