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Botany - 1898 (Roll: 2,696)
Retained by Labor Party
Nominations: Thursday, 21 July 1898
No absolute majority for winning candidate
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Dacey, John Rowland (Re-elected) Labor Party 568 31.52
Macfadyen, James John Ind Federalist 206 11.43
Stephen, William Ind Free Trade 521 28.91
Swinbourne, Charles Richard National Federal 465 25.80
Wall, William Chandos Ind Federalist 42 2.33
Formal Votes 1,802
Informal Votes 19 1.04
Total Votes / Turnout 1,821 67.54
Notes: Newspaper sources agree on Macfadyen and Wall being Federalists, though Swinbourne was the selected National Federal candidate. The Free Trade Association did not nominate candidates against sitting Labor MPs at the 1898 election, so Stephen is listed as an Independent Free Trade candidate.
Source: SMH 29 July 1898, p.8 col.3, published declaration by Returning Officer. Incorrect figures are reported by the SMH 28 July 1898, p.7