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East Macquarie - By-election (Roll: 2,951)
Nominations: Monday, 24 November 1873, Polling: Monday, 1 December 1873
Candidate Votes Votes %
Cooper, Walter Hampson (Elected) 513 46.76
Holtermann, Bernard Otto 224 20.42
Rotton, Henry 357 32.54
Smeed, John 3 0.27
Formal Votes 1,097
Informal Votes 61 5.27
Total Votes / Turnout 1,158 39.24
Cause Category: Resignation - Government Job
Notes: Resignation of James Martin, who had been appointed Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court.
Source: SMH 3 December 1873, p.5 col.1, not repeated with declaration of poll report that merely mentioned the result was 'as already published'. Second report mentioned informal voting was actually higher, with 'almost 90 informal votes'. Empire carried the same totals for the three leading candidates, 3 December, p.2 col.4.