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West Maitland - By-election (Roll: 1,047)
Nominations: Monday, 3 August 1874, Polling: Tuesday, 4 August 1874
Candidate Votes Votes %
Hamilton, Archibald Sellars 129 19.94
Levy, Lewis Wolfe (Elected) 518 80.06
Formal Votes 647
Informal Votes 14 2.12
Total Votes / Turnout 661 63.13
Cause Category: Resignation - Financial difficulties
Notes: Resignation of Benjamin Lee. His ADB entry notes 'In 1874 he lost the chairmanship of the navigation company through financial difficulties and resigned his seat. Parkes had him appointed police magistrate at Bathurst with a salary of 500. The Bathurst Times criticized such blatant political patronage but on 25 August Lee was given a silver tea and coffee service by his grateful electors.'
Source: Maitland Mercury, report of nominations, 4 August 1874, pp.2-3, results 6 August 1874, p.2 col.4.