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Alma - 1898 (Roll: 2,565)
Retained by Labor Party
Nominations: Friday, 22 July 1898
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Counsell, Charles Independent 3 0.27
Harding, William National Federal 126 11.14
Thomas, Josiah (Re-elected) Labor Party 1,002 88.59
Formal Votes 1,131
Informal Votes 33 2.84
Total Votes / Turnout 1,164 45.38
Notes: Harding was not included in the SMH list of selected National Federal candidates on 22 July, but was listed as a Bartonite in the Australian Star listing 26 July. He was listed as a Federalist in both the SMH and Telegraph results. There are conflicting listings for Counsell on results pages so he has been listed as an Independent. His name was clearly listed by the Returning Officer as Charles Counsell.
Source: Barrier Miner, 28 July 1898, p.3 col.8, published declaration by Returning Officer. SMH reported same results 28 July, p.7.