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Rylstone - By-election (Roll: n.a.)
Retained by Free Trade
Nominations: Thursday, 3 October 1895, Polling: Monday, 14 October 1895
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Fitzpatrick, John Charles Lucas (Re-elected) Free Trade 659 51.44
Wall, William Chandos Protectionist 608 47.46
Williams, T H Independent 14 1.09
Formal Votes 1,281
Informal Votes 28 2.14
Total Votes / Turnout 1,309 0.00
Cause Category: Qualifications Committee
Notes: Significant irregularities in the original poll caused the Elections and Qualifications Committee to overturn the result and call a new by-election. Many ballot papers had not been signed correctly by issuing officers, and in its re-count the Committee excluded 256 votes, producing the totals Fitzpatrick 388, Wall 376. The Committee chose to void the result (LAVP 1895 Vol.1 p.459)
Source: SMH 16 October 1895, p.5 col.1. Same totals in daily Telegraph, who also referred to Williams as an Independent Labor candidate.