Invercargill by-election, 1878

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Invercargill by-election, 1878
New Zealand
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  Henry Feldwick James Walker Bain
Candidate Henry Feldwick James Walker Bain
Party Independent Independent
Popular vote 230 219
Percentage 51.22 48.78

Member before election

George Lumsden
Independent

Elected Member

Henry Feldwick
Independent

The 1878 Invercargill by-election was a by-election during the 6th New Zealand Parliament in the Southland electorate of Invercargill. The by-election occurred following the resignation of MP George Lumsden and was won by Henry Feldwick.

Background[edit]

George Lumsden, who was first elected to represent Invercargill in the 1875 election, resigned in 1878. This triggered the Invercargill by-election, which was held on 17 July 1878. Two independent candidates contested the election, Henry Feldwick and James Walker Bain. Feldwick obtained 51.22% of the votes and was successful.[1]

Previous election[edit]

1875 general election: Invercargill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent George Lumsden 180 53.10 +53.10
Independent John Cuthbertson 159 46.90 −5.58
Majority 21 6.19
Turnout 339

Results[edit]

Invercargill by-election, 1878[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Henry Feldwick 230 51.22 +51.22
Independent James Walker Bain 219 48.78 +48.78
Majority 11 2.45
Turnout 449

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Invercargill Election". Grey River Argus. 21 (3097). 19 July 1878. p. 2. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Invercargill 25th December". The Evening Post. XII (152). 28 December 1875. p. 2. Retrieved 13 August 2013.