The 1859 New South Wales colonial election was held between 9 June and 7 July 1859. This election was for all of the 80 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and it was conducted in 58 single-member constituencies, seven 2-member constituencies and two 4-member constituencies, all with a first past the post system. Suffrage was limited to adult white males. The previous parliament of New South Wales was dissolved on 11 April 1859 by the Governor, Sir William Denison, on the advice of the Premier, Charles Cowper.
All 80 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
41 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
There was no recognisable party structure at this election; instead the government was determined by a loose, shifting factional system.
|11 April 1859||The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.|
|7 June to 26 June 1859||Nominations for candidates for the election closed.|
|9 June to 7 July 1859||Polling days.|
|30 August 1859||Opening of new Parliament.|
|Votes cast||52,153||Turnout||52.54 [a]||+9.45|
|Summary of votes by party|
- There were 15 uncontested districts and turnout is based on the roll of 65,630 for the contested districts.
- "Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856-2006". New South Wales Parliament.