South Australian colonial election, 1890

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South Australian colonial election, 1890
South Australia
1887 ←
9 April 1890 (1890-04-09) → 1893

All 52 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  John Cockburn (Australian politician).jpg Thomas playford II.jpg
Leader John Cockburn Thomas Playford
Party Liberal Conservative
Leader's seat Burra Onkaparinga

Premier before election

John Cockburn

Elected Premier

John Cockburn

Colonial elections were held in Australia on 9 April 1890. All 52 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election. The incumbent government led by Premier of South Australia John Cockburn defeated the opposition led by Leader of the Opposition Thomas Playford II. Each district elected multiple members, with voters casting multiple votes. From the first elections in 1856 until 1890, no parties or solid groupings had been formed, resulting in regular changes of Premier depending on who could garner the most confidence votes from every independent MP.

House of Assembly (FPTP) — Turnout 53.10% (Non-CV) — Informal N/A
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Independent 66,407 100.00 * 54 *
  Total 66,407     54

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