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Durham - 1898 (Roll: 2,311)
Ind Federalist gain from National Federal
Nominations: Wednesday, 20 July 1898
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Bennett, Walter (Elected) Ind Federalist 929 53.12
Brown, Herbert Harrington (Defeated) National Federal 820 46.88
Formal Votes 1,749
Informal Votes 21 1.19
Total Votes / Turnout 1,770 76.59
Notes: Brown is listed as the official National Federal candidate, SMH 22 July, p.7 col.2 and 27 July, p.4 col.1. All sources in the SMH and DT list Bennett as a Federalist or Opposition candidate.
Source: Maitland Mercury, 30 July 1898, p.1 col.2, matching total votes in Statistical Register (1898) and results in the Year Book of Australia (1899) and Hughes and Graham (1975). The SMH 28 July 1898, p.7 publishes higher totals but reports them as incomplete, then publishes lower totals 29 July p.6 col.2, giving Bennett 931 and Brown 820.