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South Sydney - By-election (Roll: 9,730)
Retained by Free Trade
Nominations: Thursday, 2 June 1887, Polling: Saturday, 4 June 1887
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Traill, William Henry Protectionist 2,578 49.62
Wise, Bernhard Ringrose (Re-elected) Free Trade 2,618 50.38
Formal Votes 5,196
Informal Votes 49 0.93
Total Votes / Turnout 5,245 53.91
Cause Category: Ministerial by-election
Notes: Caused by B R Wise accepting the office of Attorney-General in the fourth Parkes government. Wise's narrow victory was subsequently challenged before the Elections and Qualifications Committee, but his victory was upheld. The Year-Book of Australia (1988) lists a different result, Wise 2608 votes and Traill 2568, noting these were totals as revised by the commmittee. The Committee report states 2611 / 2571 as the revised totals with 62 informal votes. (LAVP 1887 (2), Vol A1 p.545)
Source: Report of nominations, SMH 3 June 1887, p.9 col.1-3, results 6 June, p.3 col.4-5, including box results.
Corrections: Legislative Council Consolidated Index incorrectly lists date of by-election as 5 June.