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|1890–1893||11th||City of Dunedin||Liberal|
|1893–1896||12th||City of Dunedin||Liberal|
Pinkerton headed the poll for Dunedin City in 1890 and 1893. He played a prominent role in Dunedin trade unionism in the late 1880s, was active in the anti-sweating movement, and served as President of the Otago Trades and Labour Council.
- Hamer 1988, p. 365.
- "The General Election, 1890". National Library. 1891. p. 2. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Wilson 1985, p. 227.
- Olssen, Erik. "David Pinkerton - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "Otago". Auckland Star. XXVII (305). 23 December 1896. p. 6. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "City of Dunedin Electoral District". Otago Daily Times (10666). 4 December 1896. p. 1. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
- Hamer 1988, pp. 185–186.
- Thomson 1998, p. 390.
- Wilson 1985, p. 161.
- Southern People: A Dictionary of Otago and Southland Biography Edited by Jane Thomson (1998, Dunedin City Council, Dunedin)
- The New Zealand Liberals: the Years of Power 1891-1912 by David Hamer (1988, Auckland University Press, Auckland)
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
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