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Gloucester - By-election (Roll: n.a.)
Retained by Independent
Nominations: Saturday, 27 October 1917, Polling: Saturday, 10 November 1917
Not contested by both major parties
Candidate Party Votes % 2nd Ball %
Martin, Lewis Ormsby Nationalist 2,535 40.40
Price, Richard Atkinson (Re-elected) Independent 3,740 59.60
Formal Votes 6,275
Informal Votes 0 0.00
Total Votes / Turnout 6,275 0.00
Cause Category: Expulsion
Notes: R.A.Price had made a number of accusations against Lands Minister W.G.Ashford. A Royal Commission into the matter found the claims had no basis and that Price had made the claims 'wantonly, recklessly, and without any foundation whatsoever'. He was expelled from the Legislative Assembly but re-elected as an Independent with an increased majority. Purely to embarrass the government, the local Taree branch of the Labor Party supported Price. (Rydon, Spann and Nelson) This result is probably not complete.
Source: SMH 13 November 1917, p.6 col.7. Report indicates that flooding caused polling at three small booths to be deferred for a week. This represented a maximum of 139 voters. Same note on delay published with same totals, Gloucester Advocate 14 November, p.2 col.4. No final result was found in either paper, nor was a published declaration found in the Advocate.