1904 New South Wales state election

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All 90 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
46 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Joseph Carruthers.png James McGowen Premier.png Thomas Waddell.jpg
Leader Sir Joseph Carruthers James McGowen Thomas Waddell
Party Liberal Reform Labor Electoral League Progressive
Leader since 18 September 1902 August 1894 15 June 1904
Leader's seat St George Redfern Cowra (contesting Belubula)
Last election 37 seats 24 seats 42 seats
Seats won 45 seats 25 seats 16 seats
Seat change Increase8 Increase1 Decrease26
Percentage 44.58% 23.30% 18.98%
Swing Increase11.03 Increase4.86 Decrease4.01

New South Wales Legislative Assembly 1904.svg
Legislative Assembly after the election

Premier before election

Thomas Waddell
Progressive

Elected Premier

Sir Joseph Carruthers
Liberal Reform

The 1904 New South Wales state election was held on 6 August 1904 for all of the 90 seats in the 20th New South Wales Legislative Assembly and it was conducted in single-member constituencies with a first past the post voting system. For the first time, women were entitled to vote. Both adult males and females were entitled to vote, but not Indigenous people. The 19th parliament of New South Wales was dissolved on 16 July 1904 by the Governor, Sir Harry Rawson, on the advice of the Premier, Thomas Waddell.

This election saw the size of the Legislative Assembly reduced from 125 to 90 seats as a result of the 1903 New South Wales referendum.[1]

Key dates

Date Event
16 July 1904 The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.
26 July 1904 Nominations for candidates for the election closed at noon.
6 August 1904 Polling day.
23 August 1904 Opening of 20th Parliament.

Results

New South Wales state election, 6 August 1904 [2]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19011907 >>

Enrolled voters 689,490
Votes cast 396,622 Turnout 59.31 −3.53
Informal votes 3,973 Informal 0.99 +0.21
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal Reform 176,796 44.58 +11.03 45 +8
  Labour 92,426 23.30 +4.86 25 +1
  Progressive 75,297 18.98 −4.01 16 −26
  Independent 25,605 6.46 −4.62 2 −10
  Independent Liberal 21,189 5.34 −3.26 2 −2
  Other 5,309 1.34 −4.01 0 −6
Total     90 -35

Retiring members

Note: Orange Liberal MLA Harry Newman died on 1 June. Deniliquin Independent MLA Joseph Evans died on 5 July. Due to the proximity of the election, no by-elections were held.

Progressive

Liberal

Labor

Independent

See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ "1904 Redistribution". Atlas of New South Wales. NSW Land & Property Information. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015.
  2. ^ Green, Antony. "1904 Totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Government Gazette Notices". Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (340). 21 June 1904. p. 4935. Retrieved 16 December 2019 – via Trove.
  • "Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856-2006". New South Wales Parliament. Retrieved 8 July 2012.