1900 City of Auckland by-election

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City of Auckland by-election, 1900

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Turnout 11,000
  Joseph Witheford, 1900.jpg No image.png James Job Holland.jpg
Candidate Joseph Witheford Richard Hobbs James Job Holland
Party Liberal Conservative Liberal
Popular vote 4,927 2,823 2,236
Percentage 44.79 25.66 20.32

Member before election

William Crowther

Elected Member

Joseph Witheford

The City of Auckland by-election was a by-election in the New Zealand electorate of City of Auckland, an urban seat in the Auckland region, in the upper North Island.


The by-election was held on 27 April 1900, and was precipitated by the death of sitting MP, William Crowther.[1] The seat was won by Liberal candidate Joseph Witheford who defeated four other candidates, including Prime Minister Richard Seddon's personally endorsed candidate James Job Holland and ex-Mayor of Auckland.


The following table gives the election results:

City of Auckland by-election, 1900[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Witheford 4,927 44.79
Conservative Richard Hobbs 2,823 25.66 -10.39
Liberal James Job Holland 2,236 20.32 -15.80
Conservative William Richardson 991 9.00
Labour Leonard William Snellar Small 23 0.20
Majority 2,104 19.12
Turnout 11,000


  1. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 102.
  2. ^ "Auckland By-Election". Manawatu Standard. XXXVIII (6683). 28 April 1900. p. 3. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  3. ^ "The Auckland Election". Poverty Bay Herald. XXVII (8820). 28 April 1900. p. 2. Retrieved 22 August 2016.


  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer.

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