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. Cutten resigned in 1855 before the end of the term of the term of the 1st New Zealand Parliament. No by-election was held. John Cargill and his father William were elected unopposed on 11 December 1855 for the 2nd New Zealand Parliament. 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.