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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 24 October 1877

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New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 24 October 1877
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)  98,400  100.00  0.00  73  18  100.00 
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 98,400  100.00    73  18  100.00 

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Election dates: Elections were held over the period from 24 October to 12 November 1877 (nominations were open from 22 October to 5 November 1877).

Premier in office at election: There had been two changes of premier since the 1874 election: Robertson had been replaced as premier by Parkes on 22 March 1877; Parkes was replaced as premier by Robertson on 17 August 1877; for details and references, see the 'Governments' section of this website.

Premier after election: Robertson had called the election after his government was defeated in the Legislative Assembly. After the election, it was unclear whether Robertson had the support of a majority of members; when parliament assembled, the Robertson government was defeated on a censure motion and Farnell was commissioned as premier; for details and references, see the entries for these premiers in the 'Governments' section of this website; see also after election.

Electoral system: At this election, the Assembly had 73 members chosen from 53 single member electoral districts, 6 two-member districts, and 2 four-member districts (61 electoral districts in total). An additional seat had been created for this election by giving representation to the University of Sydney; this had been provided for in the 1858 Electoral Act but was to take effect only when the University contained '100 superior graduates' (quoted in Clune and Griffith, p. 108, see 'Sources', below). 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 (98,281) was greater than the number of voters. Without accurate figures for the number of voters, the turnout rate cannot be calculated.

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).


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: .

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).