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The Hastings and The Macleay - By-election (Roll: 2,447)
Retained by Protectionist
Nominations: Thursday, 22 February 1900, Polling: Thursday, 1 March 1900
No absolute majority for winning candidate
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Basche, Percival Charles Independent 273 20.97
Bridson, Hugh Ridgeway Independent 413 31.72
Clarke, Francis (Elected) Protectionist 616 47.31
Formal Votes 1,302
Informal Votes 17 1.29
Total Votes / Turnout 1,319 53.90
Cause Category: Resignation - Federal contest
Notes: Edmund Barton resigned to go to London to deal with the passage of the Commonwealth Constitution Act through the UK Parliament.
Source: Macleay Argus for official nominations 24 February 1900, p.5 col.3, results from 10 March, p.5 col.4, published declaration by Returning Officer, booths having been published 3 March, p.9 col.4. Same totals in SMH 3 March 1900, p.8 col.8, reported as 'total' returns.