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The Gwydir - 1864-5 (Roll: 941)
Nominations: Saturday, 10 December 1864, Polling: Saturday, 24 December 1864
Candidate Votes Votes %
Dangar, Thomas Gordon Gibbons (Elected) 145 52.16
Rusden, Francis Townsend (Defeated) 41 14.75
Single, John 92 33.09
Formal Votes 278
Informal Votes 0 0.00
Total Votes / Turnout 278 29.54
Persons Voting / Turnout 278 29.54
Notes: TGG Dangar was the Returning Officer for Gwydir. He was convinced to contest the seat but did not resign his position early enough for nominations to take place on the set date of 10 December, resulting in a delay in the original polling day of 24 December. The new returning officer was outside of the state when appointed, and new nominations were not called until 17 January, polling on 24 January. The whole election was later overturned by the Elections and Qualifications Committee as Dangar held a mail contract with the government that breached the constitution.
Source: Report of original nominations meeting, Maitland Mercury 20 December 1864, p.2 col.5. Results of eventual ballot taken from Maitland Mercury, 28 February, p. 2, col. 3, also in Sydney Mail 4 March 1865, p.3 col.2.