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Petersham - By-election (Roll: n.a.)
Retained by Nationalist
Nominations: Saturday, 8 March 1919, Polling: Saturday, 22 March 1919
Candidate Party Votes % 2nd Ball %
Croal, Donald Walter Independent 150 2.91
Olde, Bernard Clarence Labor Party 2,377 46.07
Shillington, Sydney James (Elected) Nationalist 2,633 51.03
Formal Votes 5,160
Informal Votes 35 0.67
Total Votes / Turnout 5,195 0.00
Cause Category: Resignation - Other
Notes: J.J.Cohen resigned and was appointed a Judge of the District Court. Evatt claims this appointment was part of the deal between Holman and the Liberals that led to the formation of the Nationalist government. (Evatt p354) Writ issued by Governor due to the Speaker's position being vacant. The report of nominations indicates that Captain-Chaplain James Wilson had been nominated as a candidate of the Soldier's and Citizen's Political Federation, but his nomination was rejected because he was not on the electoral roll. The cause was complex. Like all soldiers away on service, his enrolment was protected in the electorate where he had been enrolled. However, from the date of his return, Wilson had lived in Randwick. He had recently had his named added to the roll being compiled under new rules for the new proportional representation system to be implemented at the next election. However, he had not transferred his enrolment under the old system from Granville to his new residence, which meant he had been removed from the roll in Granville and was therefore not entitled to be a candidate for election. The report of nominations includes numerous objections to this being a terrible slight on returned servicemen, but the Returning Officer was entirely correct. Note also that the Elections and Qualifications Committee examined the exclusion of Wilson and let the result stand.
Source: Report of fuss over nominations, SMH 10 March 1919, p.9 col.6-7, results from SMH 24 March, p.9 col.6.