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The Tweed - By-election (Roll: n.a.)
Protectionist gain from Labor Party
Nominations: Thursday, 29 November 1894, Polling: Thursday, 6 December 1894
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Garvan, James Patrick Protectionist 418 39.81
Kelly, Joseph Bede (Elected) Protectionist 526 50.10
Murphy, James Labor Party 105 10.00
Baker, William Robert Independent 1 0.10
Formal Votes 1,050
Informal Votes 8 0.76
Total Votes / Turnout 1,058 0.00
Cause Category: Qualifications Committee
Notes: The Elections and Qualifications Committee ruled that because Willard had not been resident of NSW for the required period, he was not entitled to hold an elector's right and therefor neither entitled to vote or to be elected. Willard had previously been living in Brisbane and his wife continued to live there before his election to Parliament. He claimed that he had settled in Sydney for the required 12 months before applying for enrolment. However, he had spent much of that time in Brisbane with his wife and mother-in-law, both of whom were ill. The Elections and Qualifications Committee concluded his principal place of residen was Queensland and ordered a fresh election. (Twomey, p.402)
Source: Lismore Northern Star, brief mention of nominations 1 December 1894, p.3 col.2, results 8 December 1894, p.3 col.2 including booths. Same results in SMH 7 December 1894, p.5, col.7 except Baker is not mentioned, having withdrawn in favour of Garvan when nominations closed. Northern Star totals also used in the Daily Telegraph 7 December, p.5 col.6, except reporting informal total of 16 votes. Official declaration of poll could not be located.