1858 New England and Macleay colonial by-election

A by-election was held for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of New England and Macleay on 26 November 1858 because of the resignation of Abram Moriarty,[1] for reasons that included the difficulty of serving a far distant electorate.[2]

DatesEdit

Date Event
13 October 1858 Abram Moriarty resigned.[1]
19 October 1858 Writ of election issued by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.[3]
26 November 1858 Nominations at Armidale.[4]
14 December 1858 Polling day
30 December 1858 Return of writ

CandidatesEdit

  • Alexander Dick was a Sydney solicitor,[5] who had advertised himself as a candidate,[6][7] however he sent a letter to the returning officer declining to go to the poll.[4]
  • James Eames advertised himself as a candidate,[8] however this appears to have been a joke,[9] and there was no seconder for his nomination.[4]
  • Thomas Rusden was a squatter in the New England district and the former member for the district,[11] who had been defeated at the 1858 election.[12] He had petitioned against the election,[13][14] however these were rejected by the house as not complying with the requirements of the Electoral Act.[15][16][17] On 15 October he attempted to take a seat in the assembly, but was ejected by the sergeant-at-arms.[18] Rusden stated he was unable to nominate for the seat, asserting he was already the member.[7]

ResultEdit

1858 New England and Macleay by-election
Friday 26 November [4][20]
Candidate Votes %
James Hart (elected) show of hands  
Thomas Rusden  
John Williams  

Neither candidate called for a poll.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Mr Abram Orpen Moriarty (1830-1918)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  2. ^ "To the electors of New England and Macleay". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 October 1858. p. 2. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  3. ^ "Writ of election: New England and Macleay". New South Wales Government Gazette. No. 162. 19 October 1858. p. 1711. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Nomination and election for New England and MacLeay". The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser. 4 December 1858. p. 4. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "Mr Alexander Dick (1827-1867)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Advertising". The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser. 9 November 1858. p. 1. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  7. ^ a b "Advertising". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 November 1858. p. 9. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  8. ^ a b "Advertising". The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser. 6 November 1858. p. 3. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  9. ^ "Election meeting". The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser. 13 November 1858. p. 2. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  10. ^ a b "Advertising". The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser. 25 November 1858. p. 1. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  11. ^ "Mr Thomas George Rusden (1817-1882)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  12. ^ Green, Antony. "1858 New England and Macleay". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  13. ^ "Petition against the return of Abram Orpen Moriarty". New South Wales Government Gazette. 23 March 1858. p. 516. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  14. ^ "Mr Rusden's second petition". The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser. 24 April 1858. p. 4. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  15. ^ "Election for New England and Macleay". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 June 1858. p. 6. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  16. ^ "Petition of Mr T G Rusden". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 June 1858. p. 5. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  17. ^ "Petition from Thomas George Rusden". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 August 1858. p. 3. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  18. ^ "Legislative Assembly: stranger in the house". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 October 1858. p. 7. Retrieved 25 February 2021 – via Trove.
  19. ^ McCormack, Terry. "John Williams". Dictionary of Sydney. City of Sydney. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  20. ^ Green, Antony. "1858 New England and Macleay by-election". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 February 2021.