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Sydney-Gipps - 1898 (Roll: 2,509)
National Federal gain from Labor Party
Nominations: Thursday, 21 July 1898
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Black, George (Defeated) Labor Party 727 49.02
Kohen, Thomas John Ind Labor 9 0.61
Spruson, Wilfred Joseph (Elected) National Federal 747 50.37
Formal Votes 1,483
Informal Votes 11 0.74
Total Votes / Turnout 1,494 59.55
Notes: SMH 27 July, p.4 col.1 lists Kohen as a Socialist, while Hughes and Graham (1975) call him an Independent Labor candidate. Spruson was not included in the SMH list of selected National Federal candidates on 22 July, but he was listed as a Bartonite in the Australian Star on 26 July.
Source: SMH 28 July 1898, p.10 col.3, published declaration by Returning Officer.