Grey and Bell

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Grey and Bell was a Taranaki electorate in the New Zealand Parliament from 1853 to 1881.[1]

Population centres[edit]

The electorate covered the northern, rural part of the Taranaki Province. The localities of Inglewood and Waitara fell within Grey and Bell.

History[edit]

Thomas King resigned in 1855, but the seat was not filled before the next general election through a by-election. Brown resigned on 16 August 1856 to (unsuccessfully) contest the Taranaki superintendency. He was again elected in 1858 and resigned in 1860, when his militia service required his full attention.[2]

In between Brown's terms, Lewthwaite represented the electorate, who resigned in 1858.[3] Thomas King and William Cutfield King contested the 1860 election. The latter won the contest, but was killed in the New Zealand Wars before he could take up the seat.[4] Robert Trimble won the 1879 election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

The following Members of Parliament represented Grey and Bell:

Key

 Independent  

Election Winner
1853 election Thomas King
1855 election Charles Brown
1856 by-election John Lewthwaite[5]
1858 by-election Charles Brown
1860 by-election Thomas King
1860 election William King
1861 by-election Harry Atkinson
1866 election James Richmond
1871 election Frederic Carrington
1875 election
1879 election Robert Trimble[6]

Election results[edit]

1858 by-election[edit]

Grey and Bell by-election, 1858[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Charles Brown 75 55.1
Independent Dillon Bell 61 44.9
Majority 14
Turnout 136

1856 by-election[edit]

Grey and Bell by-election, 1856[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Lewthwaite 44 58.7
Independent R. Pheney 31 41.3
Turnout 75
Majority 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
  2. ^ Foster, Bernard John (22 April 2009). "Brown, Charles". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES." (340). Otago Witness. 5 June 1858. p. 5. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  4. ^ WELLS, B. (1878). "CHAPTER XXVIII: THE TARANAKI PIONEERS". The history of Taranaki. pp. 302–304. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1908). "Former Members Of The House Of Representatives". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts. Christchurch. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Elections". Taranaki Herald. XXVII (3222). 9 September 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Election for the Grey and Bell District". Taranaki Herald VI (303). 22 May 1858. p. 2. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Election". Taranaki Herald (220). 18 October 1856. p. 3. Retrieved 2 May 2013.