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Sydney-Fitzroy - By-election (Roll: n.a.)
Protectionist gain from Ind Free Trade
Nominations: Friday, 27 May 1898, Polling: Friday, 3 June 1898
No absolute majority for winning candidate
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Chapman, Henry Free Trade 546 38.24
Dorahy, Patrick Joseph Protectionist 166 11.62
Martin, William Protectionist 99 6.93
Norton, John (Elected) Protectionist 617 43.21
Formal Votes 1,428
Informal Votes 10 0.70
Total Votes / Turnout 1,438 0.00
Cause Category: Death
Notes: Death of John McElhone. Election held same day as first Federation plebiscite. In the campaign, Norton campaigned against the Federal Bill, but two months later at the 1898 general election, was happy to accept the endorsement of the 'Bartonites'. Defeated in 1898, Norton was later re-elected at the Northumberland by-election in 1899, held the same day as the second referendum, and Norton again campaigned against the Federal bill.
Source: Daily Telegraph, 4 June 1898, p.2 col.1, published declaration by Returning Officer.