NSW Elections
Site Links
1889 Election Links
Prev/Next District
Prev/Next Contest
Newcastle - By-election (Roll: 7,272)
Retained by Protectionist
Nominations: Friday, 10 April 1891, Polling: Tuesday, 14 April 1891
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Bennett, Peter Free Trade 420 9.20
Fegan, John Lionel Labor Party 2,065 45.23
Grahame, William (Elected) Protectionist 2,081 45.58
Formal Votes 4,566
Informal Votes 69 1.49
Total Votes / Turnout 4,635 63.74
Cause Category: Death
Notes: Death of James Fletcher. Party affiliations for Bennett and Grahame are based on future electoral contests, as neither spent much time addressing fiscal issues in their husting speeches. The proceedings were entirely dominated by debate on industrial matters. Fegan cleary identified himself as the chosen candidate of the Politcal Labor League, making him the first offical Labor Party candidate.
Source: Report of nominations, SMH 11 April 1891, p.11 col.7, results from SMH 15 April, p.8 col.1, booths published in Newcastle Herald, 15 April, p.5 col.6