Akaroa by-elections, 1874

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Following the resignation of Robert Heaton Rhodes from his Akaroa seat in the New Zealand parliament, William Montgomery contested the 20 April 1874 by-election against Walter Pilliet. The results were 168 and 76 votes, respectively, i.e., a margin of 92 for Montgomery. He thus entered parliament during the 5th term.[1]

Akaroa by-election, April 1874[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent William Montgomery 168 68.85
Independent Walter Pilliet 76 31.15
Turnout 244
Majority 92 37.70

In July 1874, a select committee declared Montgomery's election to be "null and void", as he had a contract for the supply of railway sleepers with the general government in breach of election rules. The select committee accepted that the breach was inadvertent.[2] Montgomery stood for re-election in the second by-election, on 10 August 1874[3] and was returned unopposed.[4]


  1. ^ a b "General Assembly". The Star (1912). 21 April 1874. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "House of Representatives". The Star (1998). 31 July 1874. p. 2. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "MR MONTGOMEEY AT AKAROA". The Star (2005). 8 August 1874. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "LATEST TELEGRAMS". The Star (2006). 10 August 1874. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
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