The 1894 New South Wales colonial election was held on 17 July 1894 for all of the 125 seats in the 16th New South Wales Legislative Assembly and it was conducted in single-member constituencies with a first past the post voting system. Section 23 (1) of the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act of 1893 conferred a right to vote on 'every male person, being a natural born [British] subject, who shall have resided or had his principal place of abode in New South Wales for a continuous period of one year'. The 15th parliament of New South Wales was dissolved on 25 June 1894 by the Governor, Sir Robert Duff, on the advice of the Premier, George Dibbs.
All 125 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
63 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
Legislative Assembly after the election
This election saw the elimination of multi-member districts. At the previous election there had been 20 two-member districts, 10 three-member districts, and 9 four-member districts. Their elimination also saw the Assembly reduced in size from 141 to 125 members. Also, for the first time, the election was conducted on the one day.
Although he had lost control of the Assembly, Dibbs did not resign until after parliament had reconvened, when the Governor forced his hand.
|25 June 1894||The Legislative Assembly dissolved, and writs issued by the Governor to proceed with an election|
|9 – 14 July 1894||Close of nominations for candidates|
|17 July 1894||Polling day|
|7 August 1894||Opening of 16th Parliament|
|Summary of votes by party|
|Ind. Free Trade||23,324||11.61||+7.91||11||+7|
- William A'Beckett MLA (Bogan)
- Robert Booth MLA (Bogan)
- David Dale MLA (Central Cumberland)
- James Eve MLA (Canterbury)
- William Holborow MLA (Argyle)
- James Inglis MLA (New England)
- James Marks MLA (Paddington)
- Bruce Smith MLA (Glebe)
- Robert Wilkinson MLA (Balranald)
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