NSW Elections
Site Links
1860 Election Links
Prev/Next District
Prev/Next Contest
Northumberland - By-election (Roll: 1,508)
Nominations: Monday, 22 December 1862, Polling: Tuesday, 23 December 1862
Candidate Votes Votes %
Brookes, William 331 49.40
Tighe, Atkinson Alfred Patrick (Elected) 339 50.60
Formal Votes 670
Informal Votes 0 0.00
Total Votes / Turnout 670 44.43
Persons Voting / Turnout 670 44.43
Cause Category: Resignation - Financial difficulties
Notes: Caused by the resignation of Thomas Lewis. Lewis had been the President of the Newcastle Coal Miners' Association when elected in 1860. In the era before payment of MPs, Lewis relied on subscriptions of supporters, and he was forced to resign when these dried up. (Bowden 'The Hunter', p.56, in Hagan (2006), 'People and Politics in Regional NSW')
Source: Newcastle Chronicle, 24 December 1862, p. 2 col.4-6, including results, report of nominations and booth details. SMH report of nominations, 23 November, p.5 col.5-6. with results 24 December, p.4 col.5.