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West Sydney - By-election (Roll: 6,462)
Nominations: Tuesday, 6 January 1863, Polling: Thursday, 8 January 1863
Candidate Votes Votes %
Eagar, Geoffrey (Elected) 1,315 48.69
Moffatt, William Palmer 184 6.81
Speer, William 1,202 44.50
Formal Votes 2,701
Informal Votes 0 0.00
Total Votes / Turnout 2,701 41.80
Persons Voting / Turnout 2,701 41.80
Cause Category: Resignation - Other
Notes: Caused by the resignation of WC Windeyer. According to his entry in the ADB, Windeyer was a member of the winning NSW rifle team in a match against Victoria in Melbourne. On the return voyage, his ship the City of Sydney was wrecked off Green Cape. No lives were lost, but Windeyer suffered shock and ill-health and resigned from parliament on 22 December.
Source: Report of nominations, SMH 7 January 1863, pp.3-4, with results SMH 9 January, p.5 col.2