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West Sydney - By-election (Roll: 10,810)
Independent gain from Free Trade
Nominations: Wednesday, 22 October 1890, Polling: Saturday, 25 October 1890
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Taylor, Adolphus George (Elected) Independent 3,455 63.77
Taylor, John Free Trade 1,963 36.23
Formal Votes 5,418
Informal Votes 116 2.10
Total Votes / Turnout 5,534 51.19
Cause Category: Death
Notes: Death of Alfred Lamb. The story that follows the DT report of nominations mentions possible splits in the Trades and Labour Council after its President PJ Brennan did not nominate for the by-election as expected. Nairn (pp.43-44) deals with this incident, stating that Brennan's withdrawl came about after some of the maritime unions had decided to support AG Taylor instead. AG Taylor gave a rousing speech on the hustings, describing himself according to the DT as a 'professed labour champion first, a pronounced opponent of this government next, and a free trader anywhere afterwards.' His victory was a major defeat for the government.
Source: Results from SMH 27 October 1890, p.3 col.3. Daily Telegraph report of nominations, 23 October 1890, p.3 col.6-7. SMH report of nominations, 23 October, p.6 col.1.