Dunedin Country

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Dunedin Country was a parliamentary electorate in the rural area surrounding the city of Dunedin in Otago, New Zealand, from 1853 to 1860. It was a two-member electorate.


Three people were nominated for the first election in 1853, but only William Cutten and John Cargill accepted the nomination. Edward McGlashan stated that he was not available to represent the electorate. The returning officer therefore declared Cutten and Cargill elected.[1] Cutten resigned in 1855 before the end of the term of the term of the 1st New Zealand Parliament. No by-election was held.[2] John Cargill and his father William were elected unopposed on 11 December 1855 for the 2nd New Zealand Parliament.[3] John and William resigned in 1858 and October 1859, respectively. The first vacancy was filled by Taylor, who retired from parliament at the end of this term. The second vacancy was filled by Gillies.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

The electorate was represented by five Members of Parliament.[2]

Election Winners
1853 election William Cutten John Cargill
1855 William Cargill
1858 by-election John Parkin Taylor
1860 by-election Thomas Gillies

Election results[edit]

1858 by-election[edit]

Dunedin Country by-election, 1858[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Taylor 73 61.3
Independent Peter Napier 46 38.7
Turnout 119
Majority 27


  1. ^ "Election of Members for the Country District to Serve in the General Assembly". Otago Witness (125). 8 October 1853. p. 2. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
  3. ^ "Election of Members for the House of Representatives". Otago Witness (212). 15 December 1855. p. 3. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Otago". Lyttelton Times IX (590). 30 June 1858. p. 4. Retrieved 3 May 2013.