South Australian colonial election, 1899

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South Australian colonial election, 1899
South Australia
1896 ←
29 April 1899 (1899-04-29) → 1902

All 54 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
28 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Charles Kingston.jpg Edgerton batchelor.jpg John Downer (Australian politician).jpg
Leader Charles Kingston Lee Batchelor John Downer
Party Liberal Labor Conservative
Leader since 1893 1897 -
Leader's seat West Adelaide West Adelaide Barossa
Last election 15 seats 12 seats 21 seats
Seats won 14 seats 11 seats 28 seats
Seat change Decrease1 Decrease1 Increase7
Percentage 21.97% 25.43% 33.70%
Swing Increase1.47 Increase1.14 Increase2.56

Premier before election

Charles Kingston

Elected Premier

Charles Kingston

Colonial elections were held in Australia on 29 April 1899. All 54 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election. The incumbent liberal government led by Premier of South Australia Charles Kingston in an informal coalition United Labor Party led by Lee Batchelor defeated the conservative opposition led by Leader of the Opposition John Downer. Each district elected multiple members, with voters casting multiple votes. Although the conservatives won more seats, the liberal government retained power until later that year, when new conservative leader Vaiben Louis Solomon forced the government to resign, but only held office for one week. The liberals held government until the next election through leaders Frederick Holder and John Jenkins.

House of Assembly (FPTP) — Turnout 62.86% (Non-CV) — Informal N/A
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Conservatives 54,010 33.70 +2.56 28 +7
  United Labor Party 40,756 25.43 +1.14 11 -1
  Liberals 35,214 21.97 +1.47 14 -1
  Unidentified 24,898 15.54 +0.84 0 0
  Independent 5,380 3.36 -2.38 1 -5
  Total 160,258     54
  Liberal/Labor coalition WIN 25 -2
  Conservatives 28 +7
  • One conservative and one liberal seats were won uncontested.

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