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Grenfell - 1898 (Roll: 3,503)
Labor Party gain from Free Trade
Nominations: Monday, 18 July 1898
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Holman, William Arthur (Elected) Labor Party 1,115 55.56
Kelly, Andrew Joseph National Federal 892 44.44
Formal Votes 2,007
Informal Votes 8 0.40
Total Votes / Turnout 2,015 57.52
Notes: Sitting Free Trade MP GH Greene did not contest the election. In his biography of Holman, Evatt (p70) suggests this was a 'gesture' that allowed Holman a free run in winning the seat. Kelly was not in the SMH list of selected National Federal candidate on 22 July, but he was listed as a Bartonite in the Australian Star on 26 July. Kelly had been elected as a Labor MP for West Sydney in 1891, and was to return to the Parliament as a Labor MP in 1901.
Source: Year Book of Australia (1899) p.337, slightly updated results on those published SMH 29 July 1898, p.6 col.2 which are referred to as incomplete.