1882 New South Wales colonial election

The 1882 New South Wales colonial election was held between 30 November and 21 December 1882. This election was for all of the 113 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and it was conducted in 40 single-member constituencies, 26 2-member constituencies, three 3-member constituencies and three 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 23 November 1882 by the Governor, Lord Augustus Loftus, on the advice of the Premier, Sir Henry Parkes.

1882 New South Wales colonial election

← 1880 30 November 1882 –
21 December 1882
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All 113 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
57 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
Leader Sir Henry Parkes Alexander Stuart
Leader's seat East Sydney (elected for Tenterfield) Illawarra

Premier before election

Sir Henry Parkes

Elected Premier

Alexander Stuart

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
23 November 1882 The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.
28 November to 15 December 1882 Nominations for candidates for the election closed.
30 November to 21 December 1882 Polling days.
3 January 1883 Opening of new Parliament.

Results edit

New South Wales colonial election, 30 November – 21 December 1882 [1]
Legislative Assembly
<< 18801885 >>

Enrolled voters
Votes cast 164,515 Turnout 56.69 −5.25
Informal votes 2,047 Informal 2.10 +0.14
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
Total 164,515     113  

References edit

  1. ^ Green, Antony. "1882 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 20 September 2019.

See also edit