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The Clarence - 1882 (Roll: 1,638)
Nominations: Wednesday, 6 December 1882, Polling: Tuesday, 12 December 1882
Candidate Votes Votes %
Purves, John Mitchell (Re-elected) 689 70.02
Stevenson, Richard 295 29.98
Formal Votes 984
Informal Votes 11 1.11
Total Votes / Turnout 995 60.74
Persons Voting / Turnout 995 60.74
Notes: The Elections and Qualifications Committee found that Purves held a contract for the auctioning of toll-bars, defined by the committee as being a contract for or on account of the public service and falling within the disqualification provisions of the Constitution. However, the government and the parliament did not act on the committee's finding and Purves continued as MP for Clarence. (Twomey p.409 with references to Parliamentary Debates)
Source: SMH 16 December 1882, p.9 col.1