Election held on 3 July 1901
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 %|
|Progressive Party (Progressives)||43,044||22.08||*||41||6||32.80|
|Australian Labor Party||36,427||18.68||+7.31||24||1||19.20|
|Votes for other than listed parties||328||0.17||+0.17|
* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.
Premier in office at election: There had been two changes of premier since the previous election; Lyne became premier on 14 September 1899 after Reid had resigned as premier when a censure motion was carried against his government; Lyne resigned as premier on 28 March 1901 after becoming a minister in the new commonwealth government; John See was then commissioned to form a government. For details and references, see the entries for these premiers in the 'Governments' section of this website.
Parties: On becoming premier of a minority Protectionist Party and ministerialist government, John See and his ministry 'constituted themselves as the Progressive Party' and fought the election under this party label; see Michael Hogan, '1901', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 1 (1901 to 1927), pp. 1-28 at p.10, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907390).
This was the first election at which a number of candidates ran under under the party label Liberal Party. 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).
Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see Michael Hogan, '1901', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 1 (1901 to 1927), pp. 1-28, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907390).
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).