1877 East Sydney colonial by-election

A by-election was held for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of East Sydney on 15 July 1877 because John Davies was appointed Postmaster-General in the fourth Robertson ministry.[1] Such ministerial by-elections were usually uncontested however on this occasion a poll was required in Central Cumberland (John Lackey and William Long), East Sydney, Orange (Edward Combes) and West Sydney (John Robertson). Each minister was comfortably re-elected. Only Camden (Thomas Garrett) and Goldfields South (Ezekiel Baker) were uncontested.[2]

DatesEdit

Date Event
17 August 1877 Fourth Robertson ministry appointed.[3]
18 August 1877 Writ of election issued by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.[4]
25 August 1877 Nominations
28 August 1877 Polling day
17 September 1877 Return of writ

ResultEdit

1877 East Sydney by-election
Tuesday 28 August [5]
Candidate Votes %
John Davies (re-elected) 3,137 79.9
Ninian Melville 790 20.1
Total formal votes 3,927 98.5
Informal votes 60 1.5
Turnout 3,987 32.3 [a]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ estimate based on an electoral roll of 12,326 at March 1877[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mr John Davies CMG (1839-1896)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  2. ^ Green, Antony. "1875 to 1877 by-elections". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Appointment of ministers". New South Wales Government Gazette. No. 266. New South Wales, Australia. 14 May 1872. p. 3195. Retrieved 7 September 2020 – via Trove.
  4. ^ "Writ of election: East Sydney". New South Wales Government Gazette. No. 267. 18 August 1877. p. 3198. Retrieved 7 September 2020 – via Trove.
  5. ^ Green, Antony. "August 1877 East Sydney by-election". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  6. ^ Green, Antony. "March 1877 East Sydney by-election". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 September 2020.