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Sydney-Flinders - 1898 (Roll: 2,172)
Retained by National Federal
Nominations: Thursday, 21 July 1898
No absolute majority for winning candidate
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Cropley, Robert Baker Labor Party 54 4.79
Dobbie, John Alexander Free Trade 428 37.98
Gardner, Ernest Henry Ind Federalist 102 9.05
Gocher, William Henry Independent 0 0.00
Nelson, Arthur David (Re-elected) National Federal 543 48.18
Formal Votes 1,127
Informal Votes 12 1.05
Total Votes / Turnout 1,139 52.44
Notes: Hughes and Graham (1975) list Gardner as a Conservative Federalist, but the simpler affiliation Independent Federalist has been adopted here. Nominated as a Labor candidate against a Free Trader, Labor's Cropley was not included in George Reid's letter listing his supported candidates, SMH 27 July.
Source: SMH 28 July 1898, p.10 col.2, published declaration by Returning Officer, which includes Gocher who is missing from other sources.