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Gordon - 1917 (Roll: 17,467)
Retained by Nationalist
Second Ballot: Saturday, 31 March 1917
Not contested by both major parties, Second ballot required, Second Ballot changed primary result
Candidate Party Votes % 2nd Ball %
Bavin, Thomas Rainsford (Elected) Nationalist 2,928 26.94 5,612 50.17
Forsyth, Robert Frederick Ind Nationalist 2,753 25.33
Loxton, Edward James Ind Nationalist 3,822 35.16 5,573 49.83
Petrie, Fitt Charles Ind Nationalist 1,366 12.57
Formal Votes 10,869 11,185
Informal Votes 89 0.81 28 0.25
Total Votes / Turnout 10,958 62.74 11,213 64.20
Notes: Sitting Liberal MP and former Premier CG Wade retired to take the position of Agent-General in London. Evatt states this was part of the deal that saw Holman become Premier leading a Nationalist Government after the Labor Party split over conscription. The same deal saw Wade return in 1920 to take a seat on the NSW Supreme Court. (Evatt p318) Bavin was selected as the Nationalist candidate after attempts to have William Holman chosen as the candidate. The local Liberal Association objected to Bavin, believing he would resign if Holman lost Cootamundra, so allowing Holman to remain as Premier. The three independents who nominated had been defeated by Bavin in pre-selection. (Rydon, Spann and Nelson)