Melleuish, Gregory and Buck, A R., 2008, Democracy, political rhetoric and the conservative response to manhood suffrage in colonial New South Wales, Journal of Australian Colonial History, 10(1), 145-160.
The year 1860 was an election year in New South Wales (NSW). The issue of the day was the land question; that is to say, the question of access to the public domain. And the stakes were high. 'The real meaning of the present election', argued the Sydney Morning Herald in December 1860, 'is democracy in its fullest import, with all its results for good and evil'.