Candidates of the 1887 New South Wales colonial election

This is a list of candidates for the 1887 New South Wales colonial election. The election was held from 4 February to 26 February 1887.[1]

This was the first election at which there were recognisable political parties in New South Wales: the Free Trade Party of Premier Sir Henry Parkes, and the Protectionist Party. In general, candidates classified as independent protectionists were protectionists who supported Parkes, while independent free traders were free traders who opposed him.

Retiring Members


Bourke MLAs Russell Barton and William Sawers had resigned on 2 December 1886 and a poll held, however parliament was dissolved before the writ was returned.[2]

Legislative Assembly


Sitting members are shown in bold text. Successful candidates are highlighted in the relevant colour and marked with an asterisk (*).

Electorates are arranged chronologically from the day the poll was held. Because of the sequence of polling, some sitting members who were defeated in their constituencies were then able to contest other constituencies later in the polling period. On the second occasion, these members are shown in italic text.

Electorate Protectionist candidates Free Trade candidates Other candidates
Friday 4 February 1887
St Leonards Isaac Ives*
Sir Henry Parkes*
Saturday 5 February 1887
Balmain Thomas Belgrave
Solomon Hyam
Aaron Wheeler
Jacob Garrard*
John Hawthorne*
Frank Smith*
East Sydney William Traill Sydney Burdekin*
William McMillan*
George Reid*
John Street*
Glebe Stephen Byrne William Bailey
Michael Chapman*
John Meeks
William Wilkinson*
Goulburn William Teece*
Newcastle James Fletcher* James Ellis*
George Lloyd
Newtown James Smith William Foster*
Frederick Gibbes*
Nicholas Hawken*
Parramatta Hugh Taylor*
Redfern Alfred Fremlin
Peter Howe
Arthur Renwick
James Farnell*
William Schey*
William Stephen*
John Sutherland*
South Sydney Edward Bennett
John Davies
Archibald Forsyth
Alfred Miller
James Toohey*
Alban Riley*
Bernhard Wise*
George Withers*
Michael Simmons (Ind)
West Sydney Arthur Nelson
William Westman
John Young
Francis Abigail*
Alexander Kethel*
George Merriman*
Daniel O'Connor*
William Pritchard
Monday 7 February 1887
Nepean Samuel Lees* Thomas Smith (Ind FT)
Wednesday 9 February 1887
Bathurst Francis Suttor William Cortis*
Hastings and Manning Walter Targett Charles Roberts*
James Young*
Orange Thomas Dalton*
George Hawke
William Clarke*
Paddington William Allen Alfred Allen*
John McLaughlin
John Neild*
John Shepherd
William Trickett*
Edwin Bottrell (Ind)
Thursday 10 February 1887
East Maitland James Brunker*
Grafton John See*
New England Henry Copeland*
Charles Givney
James Inglis*
Friday 11 February 1887
Albury George Day* William Smith
Argyle Thomas Rose Edward Ball*
William Holborow*
Boorowa Thomas Slattery*
Camden James Hanrahan Thomas Garrett*
John Kidd
William McCourt*
Clarence John McFarlane* John Purves
East Macquarie Paddy Crick Sydney Smith*
James Tonkin*
West Maitland Richard Thompson*
Saturday 12 February 1887
Canterbury John Watkin William Cameron
Joseph Carruthers*
William Davis*
William Henson*
Alexander Hutchison*
Richard McCoy
George Wallace
John Wheeler
James Wilshire
Carcoar Francis Freehill Charles Garland*
Charles Jeanneret*
Central Cumberland Nathaniel Bull Frank Farnell*
Andrew McCulloch*
John Nobbs
Varney Parkes*
Hartley Brisbane Doyle
John Young
John Hurley* Richard Inch (Ind FT)
Hawkesbury Alexander Bowman* John Griffin (Ind FT)
Thomas Primrose (Ind)
Hunter John Burns*
Kiama Angus Cameron*
Molong Andrew Ross* (Ind Prot)
Monday 14 February 1887
Braidwood Alexander Ryrie* John Lingen
Forbes Joseph Reymond
Alfred Stokes*
Henry Cooke*
Patrick's Plains Albert Gould*
Shoalhaven William Lovegrove William Martin*
Tuesday 15 February 1887
Hume James Hayes*
William Lyne*
Mudgee John Carden
Richard Rouse
William Wall*
Reginald Black*
John Haynes
Adolphus Taylor*
Wednesday 16 February 1887
Grenfell Robert Vaughn* A L Park
Gundagai Robert Newman Jack Want* (Ind FT)
Gunnedah Thomas Goodwin* J Poole
Morpeth John Bowes* Myles McRae
Thursday 17 February 1887
Eden Henry Clarke*
James Garvan*
Gwydir Thomas Hassall*
Northumberland Andrew Love
Ninian Melville*
John Osborne
Thomas Walker*
Nicholas Downing Joseph Creer* (Ind Prot)
West Macquarie Paddy Crick
John Hughes
Fergus Smith*
Friday 18 February 1887
Illawarra Andrew Lysaght Francis Woodward*
Upper Hunter William Abbott Robert Fitzgerald*
Thomas Hungerford
John McElhone*
Saturday 19 February 1887
Glen Innes Alexander Hutchison George Matheson*
Inverell George Cruickshank Samuel Moore*
Queanbeyan Edward O'Sullivan* George Tompsitt
Tumut Travers Jones* Nathaniel Emanuel
Wellington David Ferguson* W J Hill
Wollombi Richard Stevenson*
George Watt
Yass Plains Thomas Colls* Henry Donaldson
Young James Mackinnon*
Gerald Spring
James Gordon*
William Lucas
Monday 21 February 1887
Tamworth William Dowel*
Robert Levien*
Eustace Pratt
William Tribe
Tenterfield William Richardson Charles Lee*
Tuesday 22 February 1887
Bourke William Willis Thomas Waddell*
Alexander Wilson*
Namoi George Dale
Thomas Dangar*
Wednesday 23 February 1887
Bogan Rene Berteaux
George Cass
John Kelly*
Joseph Penzer*
Gloucester George Perry John Hart
John McLaughlin
Jonathan Seaver*
Macleay Robert Smith* Enoch Rudder (Ind Prot)
Thursday 24 February 1887
Balranald Alexander Cameron (Ind)
Allen Lakeman* (Ind Prot)
Robert Wilkinson* (Ind FT)
Murrumbidgee John Gale*
James Gormly*
Robert Reynolds George Dibbs* (Ind FT)
Friday 25 February 1887
Monaro Henry Dawson*
Harold Stephen
Herbert Elles Thomas O'Mara* (Ind Prot)
Saturday 26 February 1887
Durham Herbert Brown* John Wade (Ind FT)
Murray Robert Barbour*
John Chanter*
William Virgoe
Richmond Frederick Crouch*
Thomas Ewing*
James Barrie
R E De B Lopez
Wentworth Joseph Abbott*
Thomas Browne
William Fergusson
William MacGregor* (Ind FT)

See also



  1. ^ Green, Antony. "1887 election candidate index". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  2. ^ Green, Antony. "1887 Bourke". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 17 August 2020.