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Parramatta - By-election (Roll: 1,503)
Nominations: Monday, 20 May 1872, Polling: Wednesday, 22 May 1872 (No poll held)
Candidate Votes Votes %
Taylor, Hugh (Re-elected) Elected unopposed
Cause Category: Resignation - Other
Notes: Resignation of Hugh Taylor. At the nomination husting, Taylor explained he had resigned after questions had been raised as to whether he had a contract with a government board. Taylor was concerned that a petition against his election would be referred to a hostile Elections and Qualifications Committee enquiry, and even if Taylor was found to be validly elected, he would have been left with a legal debt. Resigning and forcing a by-election bypassed the problem.
Source: Details of the by-election cause included in the report of the close of nominations, SMH 21 May 1872, p.3 col.4, declared elected on the close of nominations.