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West Sydney - By-election (Roll: 9,064)
Nominations: Monday, 28 February 1870, Polling: Wednesday, 2 March 1870
Candidate Votes Votes %
Eagar, Nicholas Henry 12 0.28
Robertson, John (Re-elected) 2,482 57.37
Stewart, John 1,832 42.35
Formal Votes 4,326
Informal Votes 0 0.00
Total Votes / Turnout 4,326 47.73
Cause Category: Resignation - Financial difficulties
Notes: Facing financial difficulties, Robertson resigned as Premier in January and resigned from Parliament in finacial difficulty on 22 February. He re-contested and won the by-election, financial problems having been helped by the setting up of a testimonial fund by supporters. (McMinn p.91, in Clune and Turner, 'The Premiers of NSW', Vol.1)
Source: Report of nominations SMH 1 March 1870, pp.2-3, with results published 3 March, p.7 col.4. Evening News report of nominations referred to Nathaniel Henry Eager, but SMH nominations have been used.