The 1848 New South Wales colonial election was held between 29 July and 2 August.[1] No candidates were nominated for Port Phillip as a result of the campaign for independence from New South Wales,[2] and a fresh writ was issued for an election on 3 October.[3]

Results by district

County of Argyle

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 31 July:
County of Argyle[4]
Candidate Votes %
Charles Nicholson (elected) unopposed  

County of Bathurst

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 29 July:
County of Bathurst[5]
Candidate Votes %
John Darvall (elected) 87 50.00
Francis Lord 87 50.00
Total votes 174 100.00

The returning officer gave his casting vote in favour of John Darvall.[5]

County of Camden

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 31 July:
County of Camden[6]
Candidate Votes %
James Macarthur (elected) unopposed  

Counties of Cook and Westmoreland

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 29 July:
Counties of Cook and Westmoreland[7]
Candidate Votes %
James Martin (elected) 103 65.61
Alfred Cheeke 54 34.39
Total votes 157 100

The election of James Martin was declared void on the grounds that he was not qualified to stand;[8][9] however, he was re-elected unopposed.[10] Martin subsequently sued the Speaker of the Legislative Council, Charles Nicholson and the Sergeant at Arms, William Christie, for trespass for having him removed when there had been no decision of the Electoral Court in accordance with the Electoral Act 1843.[11] The Full Court of the Supreme Court held that under the Electoral Act 1843 it was only the Electoral Court that could determine there was a vacancy and not the Governor.[12]

County of Cumberland

Two members to be elected

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 2 August:
County of Cumberland[13]
Candidate Votes %
Charles Cowper (elected 1) 637 37.85
Nelson Lawson (elected 2) 556 33.04
Henry Gilbert Smith 490 29.11
Total votes 1,683 100.00

Cumberland Boroughs

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 1 August: Cumberland Boroughs[14][15]
Candidate Votes %
William Bowman (elected) 165 89.2
Robert Fitzgerald 20 10.8
Total votes 185 100

County of Durham

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 26 July:
County of Durham[16]
Candidate Votes %
Stuart Donaldson (elected) Show of Hands
Andrew Lang

On 26 July 1848, the day prescribed for nominations, Stuart Donaldson and Andrew Lang were nominated. A show of hands was in favour of Donaldson and Lang demanded a poll. The returning officer had neglected to make any preparations for a poll and so declared Donaldson elected.[16] Donaldson attempted to resign on 16 August.[17] The election was declared void by the court of disputed returns and a new writ issued.[18]

Counties of Gloucester, Macquarie, and Stanley

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 2 August:
Counties of Gloucester, Macquarie, and Stanley[19]
Candidate Votes %
Kenneth Snodgrass (elected) 98 67.59
Archibald Boyd 47 32.41
Total votes 145 100.00
Voter turnout 48.17%

The writ was not returned in time and the Governor issued a proclamation declaring the election was valid despite the delay.[20]

Counties of Hunter, Brisbane and Bligh

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 29 July:
Counties of Hunter, Brisbane and Bligh[21]
Candidate Votes %
Donald McIntyre (elected)    
William Dumaresq
John Lang
Total votes 100.00

City of Melbourne

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 26 July:
City of Melbourne[22]
Candidate Votes %
Earl Grey (elected) 295 74.31
John Foster 102 25.69
Total votes 397 100.00

Earl Grey, the Colonial Secretary in London, had never set foot in the colony and there was no suggestion he met the property requirement for election. He was nominated and elected as part of the campaign for independence, protesting against government by New South Wales.[23]

Counties of Murray, King and Georgiana

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 31 July:
Counties of Murray, King and Georgiana[24]
Candidate Votes %
Terence Murray (elected) unopposed  

County of Northumberland

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 31 July:
County of Northumberland[25]
Candidate Votes %
Henry Dangar (elected) 127 63.50
Charles Salmon Vallack 73 36.50
Total votes 200 100.00

Northumberland Boroughs

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 29 July:
Northumberland Boroughs[26]
Candidate Votes %
Bob Nichols (elected) 185 69.81
William Moir 80 30.19
Total votes 265 100.00

Town of Parramatta

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 28 July:
Town of Parramatta[27]
Candidate Votes %
George Oakes (elected) 101 53.16
William Macarthur 89 46.84
Total votes 190 100.00

Port Phillip

Five members to be elected

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 3 October:
Port Phillip[28]
Candidate Votes %
Lauchlan Mackinnon (elected 1) 239 16.66
James Williamson (elected 2) 234 16.31
John Dickson (elected 3) 232 16.17
James Palmer (elected 4) 226 15.75
Edward Curr (elected 5) 189 13.17
The Duke of Wellington,
Lord Palmerston,
Lord Brougham,
Lord John Russell,
Sir Robert Peel
58 4.04
William Macarthur 25 1.74
Total votes 1,435 100.00

The original polling day was 27 July;[1] however, no candidates were nominated for Port Phillip as a result of the campaign for independence from New South Wales.[2] A further writ was issued on 25 August.[3]

Counties of Roxburgh, Phillip and Wellington

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 31 July:
Counties of Roxburgh, Phillip and Wellington[29]
Candidate Votes %
William Suttor Sr. (elected) unopposed  

Counties of St Vincent and Auckland

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 31 July:
Counties of St Vincent and Auckland[30]
Candidate Votes %
George Hill (elected) 14 56.00
Robert Lowe 11 44.00
Total votes 25 100.00

The writ was not returned in time and the Governor issued a proclamation declaring the election was valid despite the delay.[31]

City of Sydney

Two members to be elected

1848 New South Wales colonial election, 28 July:
City of Sydney[32]
Candidate Votes %
William Wentworth (elected 1) 1,168 29.17
Robert Lowe (elected 2) 1,012 25.27
John Lamb 950 23.73
William Bland 874 21.83
Total votes 4,004 100.00

See also

References

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