1856 election Argus on Mcculloch 


A REVIEW of the elections for the Upper House, and of the proceedings thus far in the elections for the Assembly, affords so much material for judging of the final result, that a careful observer could already predict how most of the contests throughout the colony will be likely to terminate. In venturing upon such a prediction he should be guided, not solely by the show of hands at the various nominations. This has unquestionably more weight than ever it had before, on account of the great extension of the suffrage, but to judge of its value in each case, the show of hands must be received relatively to the proportion which the partisan spirit is

likely to bear to that which actuates the “great quiescent majority.” As some tradesmen keep nearly their whole stock in their shop windows, so do some candidates manage to muster a very large proportion of their supporters at the nomination. Thus a gentleman like Mr. M’Culloch, who has little about him to stir popular enthusiasm, will figure better upon the poll than the show of hands would indicate ; while a gentleman like Mr. O’Shanassy who always moves, the sun of a whole galaxy of admiring satellites, will probably not figure quite so well.

The following list has been compiled with considerable care, and we do not think that we shall be found far wrong in very many instances. At the same time it must be remembered that an appeal is being made to 60,000 electors, the vast majority of whom have never yet recorded a vote, and that any prediction as to the mode in which that privilege is likely to be exercised can be considered little better than conjectural.

In several instances we either know

very little of the candidates, or consider their respective chances of elec-tion so uncertain, that we do not like to hazard a decided opinion. In these cases we have marked the names with an asterisk. The numbers placed against each name indicate the probable position of the several candidates upon the poll. But it should be remem-bered that before the day of the last nomination, many new candidates will probably enter the field, and that those who do so late enter it, are likely to be men of a calibre to figure rather high upon the poll.


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