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Paddington - By-election (Roll: n.a.)
Retained by Labor Party
Nominations: Saturday, 10 May 1919, Polling: Saturday, 24 May 1919
Candidate Party Votes % 2nd Ball %
Harris, William David Nationalist 995 22.13
Jones, James Independent 19 0.42
O'Hara, Lawrence Joseph (Elected) Labor Party 2,613 58.12
Thomson, James Peoples Party 869 19.33
Formal Votes 4,496
Informal Votes 59 1.30
Total Votes / Turnout 4,555 0.00
Cause Category: Resignation - Other
Notes: J.P.Osborne resigned after the Holman government appointed him to the newly created Meat Board. Evatt cited the appointment as one where Holman deprived Labor of one of its better political organisers ahead of the 1920 election. (Evatt p355) Writ issued by Governor due to the Speak's position being vacant.
Source: SMH 26 May 1919, p.8 col.8