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Paddington - By-election (Roll: 5,378)
Nominations: Wednesday, 18 February 1880, Polling: Friday, 20 February 1880
Candidate Votes Votes %
Douglass, J B 267 16.97
Hezlet, William (Elected) 1,306 83.03
Formal Votes 1,573
Informal Votes 27 1.69
Total Votes / Turnout 1,600 29.75
Cause Category: Resignation - Other
Notes: Resignation of John Sutherland. According to his ADB entry, he resigned because his unlimited liability company had accepted a government contract for re-rolling old rails. Once this contract problem was resolved, he was elected as an MP for Redfern at the 1880 election. Note that reports of the nominations mention William Forster being put forward. It is unclear from the nominations report whether Forster had yet returned from London, his ADB entry mentioning the Parkes government having recalled him. The published results do not include Forster but speak of his friends not having proceeded with his candidacy.
Source: SMH, report of nominations, 19 February 1880, p.8 col.5-6, results 21 February, p.3 col.3 including booth results.