Coleridge (New Zealand electorate)

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Coleridge is a former parliamentary electorate in the Canterbury region of New Zealand. The electorate existed from the 1866 election to 1887.

Population centres

This electorate is in the rural part of the Canterbury Region. In the 1871 election, polling stations were in the Bealey settlement near Arthur's Pass and Ashburton,[1] and one of the election meetings was held at Hororata.[2] The electorate is named after Lake Coleridge.

History

The electorate was established for the 1866 general election, when the 4th Parliament was determined. John Cracroft Wilson was its first elected representative. He was elected unopposed.[3]

In the 1871 general election, John Karslake Karslake and George Hart contested the electorate.[4] Both men had no prior political experience.[5] Karslake and Hart received 35 and 27 votes, respectively. Karslake was thus returned.[6] He resigned in 1872 to return to England.[7]

The resulting 1872 by-election was contested by George Hart, William Bluett and John Jebson[8] on 22 July 1872.[9] Hart, Bluett and Jebson received 99, 106 and 48 votes, respectively, with Bluett thus being elected.[10] He served until the end of the term in 1875.[11]

The 6 January 1876 election was contested by four people; the incumbent Bluett, Cathcart Wason, William Tosswill, and John Jebson, who received 71, 167, 160 and 53 votes, respectively.[12][13] Wason was thus elected, but he resigned his seat in Parliament in April 1879.[14] George Hart was returned unopposed in the subsequent by-election on 8 May 1879.[15]

Members of Parliament

The electorate was represented by seven Members of Parliament:

Key

 Independent  

Election Winner
1866 election John Cracroft Wilson
1871 election John Karslake Karslake
1872 by-election William Bluett
1876 election Cathcart Wason
1879 by-election George Hart
1879 election Edward George Wright
1881 election David McMillan[16]
1884 election

Election results

1879 election

General election, 1879: Coleridge[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Edward George Wright 487 56.30
Independent George Hart 378 43.70
Majority 109 12.60 +11.05
Turnout 865 66.69 +0.61
Registered electors 1,297

1876 election

General election, 1876: Coleridge[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Cathcart Wason 167 37.03
Independent William Browning Tosswill 160 35.48
Independent William Bluett 71 15.74
Independent John Jebson 53 11.75
Majority 7 1.55
Turnout 452 66.08
Registered electors 684

Notes

  1. ^ "Local and General". The Star (842). 7 February 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Local and General". The Star (840). 4 February 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Friday, March 9, 1866". The Evening Post. II (25). 9 March 1866. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Local and General". The Star (826). 19 January 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  5. ^ "The General Elections". Otago Witness (999). 21 January 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Thursday, February 9, 1871". Daily Southern Cross. XXVII (4209). 9 February 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. ?.
  8. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited 1903, p. 766.
  9. ^ "Coleridge District". The Star (1370). 18 July 1872. p. 2. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  10. ^ "Coleridge Election". The Star (1375). 24 July 1872. p. 2. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  11. ^ Scholefield 1925, p. 79.
  12. ^ a b "The Elections". The Press. XXV (3227). 4 January 1876. p. 3. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  13. ^ a b "The Elections". The Press. XXV (3231). 8 January 1876. p. 3. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  14. ^ "The Star. Wednesday, April 16, 1879". The Star (3436). 16 April 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  15. ^ "Christchurch. 8th May". The Evening Post. XVII (505). 9 May 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  16. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited 1903, p. 712.
  17. ^ "Coleridge Election". The Press. XXXII (4409). 17 September 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 6 June 2015.

References

  • Cyclopedia Company Limited (1903). The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Canterbury Provincial District. Christchurch. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  • Scholefield, Guy (1925) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record (2nd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
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