City of Dunedin by-election, 1897

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Dunedin by-election, 1891
New Zealand
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Turnout 75.59%
  Alexander Sligo.jpg Hugh Gourley, 1898.gif William Hutchison, 1882.jpg
Candidate Alexander Sligo Hugh Gourley William Hutchison
Party Conservative Liberal Independent Liberal
Popular vote 5,045 4,065 2,030
Percentage 45.29 36.49 18.22

Member before election

Henry Fish
Independent

Elected Member

Alexander Sligo
Conservative

The City of Dunedin by-election 1897 was a by-election held in the multi-member City of Dunedin electorate during the 13th New Zealand Parliament, on 13 October 1897.

Background[edit]

The by-election was caused by the death of incumbent MP Henry Fish[1] and was won by Alexander Sligo. On nomination day (5 October) Alexander Sligo, Hugh Gourley and William Hutchison were the nominated candidates.[2] Sligo contested the election as the Conservative candidate whilst Gourley and Hutchinson both stood in Liberal interests.[3] Alexander Sligo was subsequently elected the following week.[4]

Results[edit]

The following table gives the election results:

City of Dunedin by-election, 1897[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alexander Sligo 5,045 45.29
Liberal Hugh Gourley 4,065 36.49
Independent Liberal William Hutchison 2,030 18.22
Informal votes 55
Majority 980
Turnout 11,140 75.59
Registered electors 14,811

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 196.
  2. ^ "The Dunedin Election". Marlborough Express. 28 (1457). 6 October 1897. p. 2. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Late Telegrams". Mount Ida Chronicle. XXXII (217). 1 October 1897. p. 3. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "The Dunedin Election". The Marlborough Express. XXXII (224). 14 October 1897. p. 2. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 

References[edit]

  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.