1872 New South Wales colonial election

The 1872 New South Wales colonial election was held between 13 February and 28 March 1872. This election was for all of the 72 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and it was conducted in 52 single-member constituencies, six 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 3 February 1872 by the Governor, Lord Belmore, on the advice of the Premier, Sir James Martin.

1872 New South Wales colonial election

← 1869–70 13 February 1872 –
28 March 1872
1874–75 →

All 72 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
37 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
  Henryparkes.jpg Justice James Martin.jpg
Leader Henry Parkes Sir James Martin
Leader's seat Mudgee (elected to East Sydney) East Sydney (elected to East Macquarie)

Premier before election

Sir James Martin

Elected Premier

Henry Parkes

There was no recognisable party structure at this election; instead the government was determined by a loose, shifting factional system.

Key datesEdit

Date Event
3 February 1872 The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.
12 February to 7 March 1872 Nominations for candidates for the election closed.
13 February to 28 March 1872 Polling days.
30 April 1872 Opening of new Parliament.


New South Wales colonial election, 13 February 1872 – 28 March 1872 [1]
Legislative Assembly
<< 1869–701874–75 >>

Enrolled voters
Votes cast 91,784 Turnout 48.44 −5.26
Informal votes 642 Informal 1.00 +0.59
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
Total 91,784     72  


  1. ^ Green, Antony. "1872 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 21 September 2019.

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