1880 New South Wales colonial election

The 1880 New South Wales colonial election was held between 17 November and 2 December 1880. This election was for all of the 108 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and it was conducted in 43 single-member constituencies, 25 2-member constituencies, one 3-member constituency and three 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 9 November 1880 by the Governor, Lord Augustus Loftus, on the advice of the Premier, Sir Henry Parkes.[1]

1880 New South Wales colonial election

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2 December 1880
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All 108 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
54 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
Leader Sir Henry Parkes Alexander Stuart
Leader's seat Canterbury (elected for East Sydney) elected to Illawarra

Premier before election

Sir Henry Parkes

Elected Premier

Sir Henry Parkes

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

Key dates edit

Date Event
9 November 1880 The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.
15 to 25 November 1880 Nominations for candidates for the election closed.
17 November to 2 December 1880 Polling days.
15 December 1880 Opening of new Parliament.

Results edit

New South Wales colonial election, 17 November – 2 December 1880 [2]
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled voters
Votes cast 178,807 Turnout 61.94 +13.63
Informal votes 2,001 Informal 1.96 +0.95
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
Total 178,807     108  

References edit

  1. ^ Dissolution of Parliament, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 November 1880, page 6.
  2. ^ Green, Antony. "1880 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 20 September 2019.

See also edit