1895 New South Wales colonial election

The 1895 New South Wales colonial election was held on 24 July 1895 for all of the 125 seats in the 17th 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'. males. The 16th parliament of New South Wales was dissolved on 5 July 1895 by the Governor, Lord Hampden, on the advice of the Premier, George Reid.[1][2]

1895 New South Wales colonial election

← 1894 24 July 1895 (1895-07-24) 1898 →

All 125 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
63 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Sir George Reid portrait, 1890s.jpg George Dibbs Federation Conference 1884.jpg James McGowen Premier.png
Leader George Reid George Dibbs James McGowen
Party Free Trade Protectionist Labor Electoral League
Leader since September 1891 January 1889 August 1894
Leader's seat Sydney-King Tamworth (lost seat) Redfern
Last election 50 seats 37 seats 15 seats
Seats won 58 seats 42 seats 18 seats
Seat change Increase8 Increase5 Increase3
Percentage 37.15 33.43% 13.20%
Swing Increase6.81 Increase5.74 Decrease3.29

New South Wales Legislative Assembly 1895.svg
Legislative Assembly after the election

Premier before election

George Reid
Free Trade

Elected Premier

George Reid
Free Trade

Key datesEdit

Date Event
5 July 1895 The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.
16 – 20 July 1895 Nominations for candidates for the election closed at noon.
24 July 1895 Polling day.
13 August 1895 Opening of 17th Parliament.


New South Wales colonial election, 24 July 1895 [3]
Legislative Assembly
<< 18941898 >>

Enrolled voters 253,125
Votes cast 151,680 Turnout 59.92 −18.64
Informal votes 1,354 Informal 0.88 −0.74
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Free Trade 56,347 37.15 +6.81 58 +8
  Protectionist 50,703 33.43 +5.74 42 +5
  Labor 20,028 13.20 −3.29 18 +3
  Ind. Free Trade 11,096 7.32 –4.29 4 −7
  Ind. Protectionist 6,547 4.32 −2.86 2 −2
  Independent 5,107 3.37 +2.41 0 ±0
  Independent Labor 1,852 1.22 −4.50 1 −7
Total 151,680     125  

Retiring membersEdit

Changing seatsEdit

Seats changing hands [a]
Seat 1898 1901
Party Member Party Member
Albury   Protectionist John Wilkinson   Free Trade Richard Ball
Armidale   Protectionist Henry Copeland   Free Trade Edmund Lonsdale
Ashburnham   Independent Labour Albert Gardiner   Protectionist Joseph Reymond
Botany   Ind. Free Trade William Stephen   Labour John Dacey
Camden   Protectionist John Kidd   Free Trade Charles Bull
Dubbo   Protectionist James Morgan   Free Trade Simeon Phillips
Gunnedah   Labour John Kirkpatrick   Protectionist Thomas Goodwin
Nepean   Free Trade Samuel Lees   Protectionist Thomas Smith
Newcastle West   Free Trade James Ellis   Labour James Thomson
Northumberland   Protectionist Richard Stevenson   Free Trade Henry Wheeler
Paddington   Free Trade William Shipway   Ind. Free Trade John Neild
Raleigh   Protectionist Patrick Hogan   Ind. Protectionist John McLaughlin
Rylstone   Protectionist William Wall   Free Trade John Fitzpatrick
Sydney-Fitzroy   Free Trade Henry Chapman   Ind. Free Trade John McElhone
Sydney-Flinders   Free Trade Bernhard Wise   Protectionist Arthur Nelson
Sydney-Phillip   Free Trade Robert Fowler   Protectionist Richard Meagher
Tamworth   Protectionist George Dibbs   Free Trade Albert Piddington
Tweed   Labour John Willard   Protectionist Joseph Kelly
Members changing party
Seat 1898 1901
Party Member Party Member
Condoublin   Independent Labour Thomas Brown   Labour Thomas Brown
Darlington   Independent Labour William Schey   Protectionist William Schey
Durham   Ind. Free Trade Herbert Brown   Protectionist Herbert Brown
Eden-Bombala   Independent Labour William Wood   Protectionist William Wood
Grenfell   Free Trade George Greene   Ind. Free Trade George Greene
Hartley   Independent Labour Joseph Cook   Free Trade Joseph Cook
Hawkesbury   Ind. Free Trade William Morgan   Free Trade William Morgan
Kahibah   Independent Labour Alfred Edden   Labour Alfred Edden
Kiama   Ind. Protectionist Alexander Campbell   Protectionist Alexander Campbell
Lachlan   Ind. Protectionist James Carroll   Protectionist James Carroll
Leichhardt   Ind. Free Trade John Hawthorne   Free Trade John Hawthorne
Macquarie   Free Trade James Tonkin   Protectionist William Hurley
Newtown-St Peters   Ind. Free Trade William Rigg   Free Trade William Rigg
Parramatta   Ind. Free Trade Dowell O'Reilly   Free Trade Dowell O'Reilly
Petersham   Ind. Free Trade Llewellyn Jones   Free Trade Llewellyn Jones
Richmond   Ind. Protectionist Robert Pyers   Protectionist Robert Pyers
Shoalhaven   Free Trade Philip Morton   Ind. Free Trade Philip Morton
Sydney-Gipps   Independent Labour George Black   Labour George Black
Uralla-Walcha   Ind. Free Trade William Piddington   Free Trade William Piddington
Waterloo   Ind. Free Trade George Anderson   Free Trade George Anderson
West Maitland   Ind. Free Trade John Gillies   Free Trade John Gillies
Woollahra   Ind. Free Trade Adrian Knox   Free Trade Adrian Knox


  1. ^ Compares members at the 1895 election and the 1898 election and does not include seats that changed party as a result of a by-election.


  1. ^ "Part 5B - Members returned for each electorate" (PDF). New South Wales Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Former Members". Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  3. ^ Green, Antony. "1895 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 September 2019.

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