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Cumberland (South Riding) - By-election (Roll: 2,748)
Nominations: Monday, 18 August 1856, Polling: Thursday, 21 August 1856
Candidate Votes Votes %
Brenan, John Ryan (Elected) 435 42.69
Morris, Augustus 367 36.02
Shepherd, Thomas W 110 10.79
Sherwin, William 107 10.50
Formal Votes 1,019
Informal Votes 0 0.00
Total Votes / Turnout 1,019 37.08
Cause Category: Elected to two seats
Notes: Caused by the resignation of EC Weekes. He had been declared elected for Northumberland Boroughs on appeal to the Elections and Qualifications Committee, and chose to resign from Cumberland (South Riding). The by-election result was later voided by the Elections and Qualifications Committee.
Source: Report of nominations, SMH 19 August, p.4-5. Results Empire, 26 August 1856, p.2 col.6 and SMH 26 August, p.4 col.4-6.