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Central Cumberland - By-election (Roll: 9,005)
Protectionist gain from Free Trade
Nominations: Tuesday, 8 May 1888, Polling: Tuesday, 15 May 1888
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Buchanan, David (Elected) Protectionist 1,222 48.47
Simpson, George Thomas Free Trade 954 37.84
Taylor, Thomas Whitford Ind Free Trade 345 13.69
Formal Votes 2,521
Informal Votes 76 2.93
Total Votes / Turnout 2,597 28.84
Cause Category: Resignation - Financial difficulties
Notes: A H McCulloch again resigned due to his financial problems. He did attempt to put his name forward again, but clearly he had lost the backing of supporters. The issue of the writ was delayed a day or two by the resignation of the Returning Officer Alban Gee, reportedly because he was intending to contest the seat. In the end, he nominated Buchanan, but later contested as a Protectionist candidate at the 1889 election and a subsequent by-election.
Source: Report of nominations, Cumberland Mercury 9 May 1888, pp.2-3, following issue with results missing from NSW State Library collection. SMH report of nominations, 9 May 1888, p.5 col.6, results 18 May, p.4 col.3, booth results published 16 May, p.6 col.4. Year-Book of Australia (1889) reported Taylor with 343 votes.