1877 New South Wales colonial election

The 1877 New South Wales colonial election was held between 24 October and 12 November 1877. This election was for all of the 73 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and it was conducted in 53 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 male British subjects, resident in New South Wales. The previous parliament of New South Wales was dissolved on 12 October 1877 by the Governor, Sir Hercules Robinson, on the advice of the Premier, Sir John Robertson.

1877 New South Wales colonial election

← 1874–75 24 October 1877 –
12 November 1877
1880 →

All 73 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
37 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
Leader Sir John Robertson Sir Henry Parkes
Leader's seat West Sydney (defeated, elected for East Macquarie and Mudgee) East Sydney (elected for Canterbury)

Premier before election

Sir John Robertson

Elected Premier

James Farnell

There was no recognisable party structure at this election; instead the government was determined by a loose, shifting factional system. Although the leaders of the main groupings at this election were Robertson and Sir Henry Parkes, the subsequent government was formed by James Farnell as a compromise Premier. Farnell's government lasted a year and two days.

Key dates edit

Date Event
12 October 1877 The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.
22 October to 5 November 1877 Nominations for candidates for the election closed.
24 October to 12 November 1877 Polling days.
27 November 1877 Opening of new Parliament.

Results edit

New South Wales colonial election, 24 October – 12 November 1877 [1]
Legislative Assembly
<< 1874–751880 >>

Enrolled voters
Votes cast 98,503 Turnout 48.31 +1.10
Informal votes 680 Informal 1.01 −0.19
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
Total 98,503     73  

References edit

  1. ^ Green, Antony. "1877 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 21 September 2019.

See also edit