Coleridge (New Zealand electorate)

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Coleridge is a former parliamentary electorate in the Canterbury region of New Zealand. The electorate existed from the 1866 election to 1887.

Population centres[edit]

This electorate is in the rural part of the Canterbury Region. In the 1871 election, polling stations were in the Bealey settlement near Arthur's Pass and Ashburton,[1] and one of the election meetings was held at Hororata.[2] The electorate is named after Lake Coleridge.

History[edit]

The electorate was established for the 1866 general election, when the 4th Parliament was determined. John Cracroft Wilson was its first elected representative. He was elected unopposed.[3]

In the 1871 general election, John Karslake Karslake and George Hart contested the electorate.[4] Both men had no prior political experience.[5] Karslake and Hart received 35 and 27 votes, respectively. Karslake was thus returned.[6] He resigned in 1872 to return to England.[7]

The resulting 1872 by-election was contested by George Hart, William Bluett and John Jebson[8] on 22 July 1872.[9] Hart, Bluett and Jebson received 99, 106 and 48 votes, respectively, with Bluett thus being elected.[10] He served until the end of the term in 1875.[11]

The 6 January 1876 election was contested by four people; the incumbent Bluett, Cathcart Wason, William Tosswill, and John Jebson, who received 71, 167, 160 and 53 votes, respectively.[12][13] Wason was thus elected, but he resigned his seat in Parliament in April 1879.[14] George Hart was returned unopposed in the subsequent by-election on 8 May 1879.[15]

Members of Parliament[edit]

The electorate was represented by seven Members of Parliament:

Key

 Independent  

Election Winner
1866 election John Cracroft Wilson
1871 election John Karslake Karslake
1872 by-election William Bluett
1876 election Cathcart Wason
1879 by-election George Hart
1879 election Edward George Wright
1881 election David McMillan[16]
1884 election

Election results[edit]

1879 election[edit]

General election, 1879: Coleridge[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Edward George Wright 487 56.30
Independent George Hart 378 43.70
Majority 109 12.60 +11.05
Turnout 865 66.69 +0.61
Registered electors 1,297

1876 election[edit]

General election, 1876: Coleridge[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Cathcart Wason 167 37.03
Independent William Browning Tosswill 160 35.48
Independent William Bluett 71 15.74
Independent John Jebson 53 11.75
Majority 7 1.55
Turnout 452 66.08
Registered electors 684

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Local and General". The Star (842). 7 February 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Local and General". The Star (840). 4 February 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Friday, March 9, 1866.". The Evening Post. II (25). 9 March 1866. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Local and General". The Star (826). 19 January 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "The General Elections". Otago Witness (999). 21 January 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Thursday, February 9, 1871.". Daily Southern Cross. XXVII (4209). 9 February 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. ?.
  8. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited 1903, p. 766.
  9. ^ "Coleridge District". The Star (1370). 18 July 1872. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Coleridge Election". The Star (1375). 24 July 1872. p. 2. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Scholefield 1925, p. 79.
  12. ^ a b "The Elections". The Press. XXV (3227). 4 January 1876. p. 3. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "The Elections". The Press. XXV (3231). 8 January 1876. p. 3. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "The Star. Wednesday, April 16, 1879". The Star (3436). 16 April 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  15. ^ "Christchurch. 8th May". The Evening Post. XVII (505). 9 May 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  16. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited 1903, p. 712.
  17. ^ "Coleridge Election". The Press. XXXII (4409). 17 September 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 

References[edit]

  • Cyclopedia Company Limited (1903). The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Canterbury Provincial District. Christchurch. Retrieved 4 October 2017. 
  • Scholefield, Guy (1925) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record (2nd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.