A by-election was held for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of East Sydney on 15 July 1879 because Alexander Stuart resigned. Stuart had been appointed agent-general however he was unable to take up the position due to financial difficulties.
|25 November 1879||Alexander Stuart resigned.|
|26 November 1879||Writ of election issued by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.|
|15 December 1879||Nominations|
|17 December 1879||Polling day|
|23 December 1879||Return of writ|
|Arthur Renwick (elected)||4,663||61.5|
|Total formal votes||7,586||98.9|
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