1865 Omata by-election

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The 1865 Omata by-election was a by-election held on 18 July in the Omata electorate in Taranaki during the 3rd New Zealand Parliament.

The by-election was caused by the resignation of the incumbent, James Crowe Richmond, who had been appointed to the Legislative Council.

He was replaced by Francis Gledhill. Atkinson won on the show of hands, but Gledhill's supporters requested a poll which was held on the next day. Then Gledhill won by one vote, although apparently two Atkinson supporters from Waitara arrived three or four minutes late after the polling station had closed and had to "reserve their vote".


The following table gives the election result:

1865 Omata by-election[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Francis Gledhill 33 50.77
Independent Arthur Samuel Atkinson 32 49.23
Majority 1 1.54
Turnout 65


  1. ^ "Election for the General Assembly at Taranaki". The New Zealand Herald. 24 July 1865.
  2. ^ "Election for Omata". Taranaki Herald. 22 July 1865.