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East Macquarie - 1891 (Roll: 2,600) - 2 to be elected
Elected - Free Trade (2)
Nominations: Monday, 15 June 1891, Polling: Friday, 19 June 1891
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Hales, Alfred Arthur G Protectionist 688 27.07
Smith, Sydney (Re-elected 1) Free Trade 961 37.80
Tonkin, James Ebenezer (Re-elected 2) Free Trade 893 35.13
Formal Votes 2,542
Informal Votes 12 0.47
Total Votes / Estimated Turnout 2,554 49.35
Persons Voting / Turnout 1,621 62.35
Notes: Hales was a Protectionist, but the National Advocate published advertisements from the St Leonards Labor Electoral League urging workers to vote for Hales, 19 June, p.3 col.6. In its election summary, 4 July 1891, p.9 col.1, the Daily Telegraph listed Hales as a defeated Labor candidate. However, he had been listed as an endorsed Protectionist (SMH 15 June, p.6 col.2), the affiliation adopted here.
Source: Report of nominations, Bathurst Free Press, 16 February 1891, p.2 col.3-6, clearly referring to Alfred Arthur Hales, though all his advertising refers to Arthur G Hales. Numerous different versions of the results were found, in the end these totals have been taken from the Bathurst Free Press, 22 June 1891, p.2 col.4, including booths and reporting the declaration of polls. Similar totals in the Daily Telegraph, 22 June 1891, p.6 col.1, similar totals also in the Higinbotham and Robinson, Electoral and Political Reference Map of New South Wales, published March 1992. SMH totals were substantially different, and only available by adding together two reports, initial results SMH 20 June 1891, p.10 col.2, with an additional three booths published SMH 22 June, p.5 col.7.