New South Wales colonial election, 1874–75

← 1872 8 December 1874 –
12 January 1875
1877 →

All 72 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
37 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
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Leader John Robertson Henry Parkes
Leader's seat West Sydney East Sydney

Premier before election

Henry Parkes

Elected Premier

John Robertson

The 1874–75 New South Wales colonial election was held between 8 December 1874 and 12 January 1875. This election was for all of the 72 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and it was conducted in 52 single-member constituencies, six 2-member constituencies and two 4-member constituencies, all with a first past the post system. Suffrage was limited to adult white males. The previous parliament of New South Wales was dissolved on 28 November 1874 by the Governor, Sir Hercules Robinson, on the advice of the Premier, Henry Parkes.

There was no recognisable party structure at this election; instead the government was determined by a loose, shifting factional system.

Key dates

Date Event
28 November 1874 The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.
7 December 1874 to 4 January 1875 Nominations for candidates for the election closed.
8 December 1874 to 12 January 1875 Polling days.
27 January 1875 Opening of new Parliament.


New South Wales colonial election, 8 December 1874 – 12 January 1875 [1]
Legislative Assembly
<< 18721877 >>

Enrolled voters
Votes cast 60,031 Turnout 47.21 −1.23
Informal votes 762 Informal 1.20 +0.20
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
Total 60,031     72  


  1. ^ Green, Antony. "1874-75 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  • "Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856-2006". New South Wales Parliament.

See also