1878 Grey Valley by-election

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The 1878 Grey Valley by-election was a by-election held on 22 May 1878 during the 6th New Zealand Parliament in the West Coast electorate of Grey Valley.

The by-election was caused by the resignation of the incumbent MP Martin Kennedy on 13 April 1878.[1]

The by-election was won by Richard Reeves.

He was opposed by William Henry Harrison (who had been elected for the electorate in the 1871 election) and John Barrowman;[2] Heber Newton withdrew but got 25 votes.[3][4]

Results[edit]

The following table gives the election result:

1878 Grey Valley by-election[5][6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Richard Reeves 487 47.61
Independent William Henry Harrison 302 29.52
Independent John Barrowman 209 20.43
Majority 185 18.08
Informal votes 25
Turnout 1023

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 210. OCLC 154283103.
  2. ^ "Greymouth Nominations". West Coast Times (2843). 14 May 1878. p. 2. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Untitled". Inangahua Times. 15 May 1878.
  4. ^ "Untitled". New Zealand Times. 15 May 1878.
  5. ^ "Untitled". New Zealand Times. 15 May 1878.
  6. ^ "Untitled". Inangahua Times. 15 May 1878.
  7. ^ "Greymouth". Thames Star. 13 May 1878.