Newtown (New Zealand electorate)

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Newtown was a parliamentary electorate in Wellington, New Zealand from 1902 to 1908.[1]

Population centres[edit]

The Representation Act 1900 had increased the membership of the House of Representatives from general electorates 70 to 76, and this was implemented through the 1902 electoral redistribution. In 1902, changes to the country quota affected the three-member electorates in the four main centres. The tolerance between electorates was increased to ±1,250 so that the Representation Commissions (since 1896, there had been separate commissions for the North and South Islands) could take greater account of communities of interest. These changes proved very disruptive to existing boundaries, and six electorates were established for the first time, including Newtown, and two electorates that previously existed were re-established.[2]

The electorate was based on the inner city suburb of Newtown.

History[edit]

The electorate was represented by one Member of Parliament, William Henry Peter Barber.[3]

The 1902 election was contested by Barber, Thomas William Hislop, Charles Luke, William Chapple and William George Tustin.[4][5] They received 1385, 1357, 1100, 1017, and 159 votes, respectively.[4] John Crewes had initially also contested the election, but he withdrew his nomination before polling day.[6]

The 1905 election was contested by Barber, Thomas William Hislop, William Chapple and Alfred Hindmarsh. They received 3231, 2018, 1795, and 383 votes, respectively.[7]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Newtown was represented by one Member of Parliament, William Barber.

Key

 Liberal    New Liberal  

Election Winner
1902 election William Barber
1905 election

1905 election[edit]

General election, 1905: Newtown[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Henry Peter Barber 3,231 42.87 +15.27
Conservative Thomas William Hislop 2,018 26.78 -0.26
Independent Liberal William Chapple 1,795 23.82 +3.56
Ind. Labour League Alfred Hindmarsh 383 5.08 +5.08
Majority 1,213 16.09 +15.54
Informal votes 108 1.43
Turnout 7,535 84.13
Registered electors 8,956

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 161.
  2. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 67f.
  3. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 94.
  4. ^ a b "The General Election, 1902". National Library. 1903. p. 2. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1897). "Advances To Settlers Office". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Wellington Provincial District. Wellington: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Chalklen, Mollie. "John Crewes". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "The General Election, 1905". National Library. 1906. p. 3. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  8. ^ http://atojs.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/atojs?a=d&cl=search&d=AJHR1906-I.2.1.5.7. p. 3.  External link in |title= (help);

Bibliography[edit]

  • McRobie, Alan (1989). Electoral Atlas of New Zealand. Wellington: GP Books. ISBN 0-477-01384-8. 
  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.