1891 New South Wales colonial election
The 1891 New South Wales colonial election was held in the then colony of New South Wales between 17 June to 3 July 1891. This election was for all of the 141 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and it was conducted in 35 single-member constituencies, 20 2-member constituencies, 10 3-member constituencies and nine 4-member constituencies, all with a first past the post system. Part 1 (section 10) of the Electoral Act of 1880 set the qualification for election on "every male subject of Her Majesty of the full age of twenty-one years and absolutely free being a natural born or naturalized subject". Seven seats were uncontested. The previous parliament of New South Wales was dissolved on 6 June 1891 by the Governor, The Earl of Jersey, on the advice of the Premier, Sir Henry Parkes.
All 141 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
71 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
The map at the top shows the results for each seat. The map at the bottom shows the vote share for each seat.
The election saw the first appearance of the Labour Party (then known as the Labour Electoral League of New South Wales), which won 35 seats, taking a significant number of votes and seats from both of the previous two major parties in the Assembly, and giving Labour the balance of power. The main political parties in New South Wales, the Protectionist Party and the Free Trade Party both lost seats to Labour, with Parkes' Free Trade government losing office to George Dibbs' Protectionists after Dibbs arranged for support for his government from Labour.
|6 June 1891||The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.|
|15 to 24 June 1891||Nominations for candidates for the election closed.|
|17 June to 3 July 1891||Polling days.|
|14 July 1891||Opening of new Parliament.|
|Summary of votes by party|
|Ind. Free Trade||6,684||3.3||+3.3||4||+4|
- "Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856-2006". New South Wales Parliament.