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East Sydney - By-election (Roll: 7,568) - 2 to be elected
Nominations: Tuesday, 8 November 1859, Polling: Thursday, 10 November 1859
Candidate Votes Votes %
Cowper, Charles (Re-elected 1) 1,282 28.21
Black, John (Re-elected 2) 1,237 27.22
Faucett, Peter 1,000 22.01
Driver, Richard Jnr 969 21.32
Duigan, Thomas Russell 56 1.23
Formal Votes 4,544
Informal Votes 0 0.00
Total Votes / Estimated Turnout 4,544 30.02
Cause Category: Ministerial by-election
Notes: There were two vacancies filled with this by-election, though there were different reasons for the vacancies. John Black resigned on acceptance of office in the newly formed Forster ministry. Charles Cowper resigned (27 Oct) for other reasons. He published an explanation suggesting health and family reasons after many years of work for the colony, SMH 28 October, p.3 col.4. He was nominated while not present, but after the election declined to accept his election and resigned, see Cowper's letter SMH 14 November, p.1 col.7.
Source: Report of nominations SMH 9 November, p.4-5, with results 11 November 1859, p.4 col.5.