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East Maitland - By-election (Roll: 768)
Nominations: Monday, 10 August 1863, Polling: Tuesday, 11 August 1863
Candidate Votes Votes %
Darvall, John Bayley (Re-elected) 314 55.18
Parkes, Henry 255 44.82
Formal Votes 569
Informal Votes 0 0.00
Total Votes / Turnout 569 74.09
Persons Voting / Turnout 569 74.09
Cause Category: Ministerial by-election
Notes: By-election caused by the appointment of J B Darvall as Attorney General in the third Cowper ministry. The by-election was used by Henry Parkes in an attempt to resurrect his Parliamentary career. Having been one of the Parliament's more conservative MP, Darvall's decision to join the liberal Cowper government was criticised. He wrote to Parkes criticising his decision to contest the ministerial by-election, pointing out the colony must have an Attorney-General. After his victory, Parkes accused his opponent and friend of soliciting for votes 'with the electoral roll in the right hand and the grog bottle in the left'. (Taken from ADB entry for Darvall)
Source: Report of nominations, SMH 12 August 1863, pp.2-3, with results from SMH 12 August, p.4 col.5.