Dunedin Suburbs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Dunedin Suburbs is a former parliamentary electorate in the city of Dunedin in Otago, New Zealand from 1890 to 1893. The electorate was represented by one Member of Parliament, William Dawson, representing the Liberal Party.[1]

Population centres

In December 1887, the House of Representatives voted to reduce its membership from general electorates from 91 to 70. The 1890 electoral redistribution used the same 1886 census data used for the 1887 electoral redistribution. In addition, three-member electorates were introduced in the four main centres. This resulted in a major restructuring of electorates, and Dunedin Suburbs was one of four electorates to be first created for the 1890 election.[2] It covered the area north, west and south of the City of Dunedin electorate, including North East Valley, Leith Valley, and South Dunedin.[3] Dunedin Suburbs incorporated the vast majority of the former Roslyn electorate.[4]

In the 1892 electoral redistribution, the Dunedin Suburbs electorate was abolished again. Its southern area mostly went to the City of Dunedin electorate, and some areas went to the Caversham electorate. Northern and eastern areas were taken into the new Chalmers electorate, and small areas went to the new Waikouaiti electorate.[5]


The 1890 election was contested by William Dawson, Archibald Hilson Ross, and Francis Wilkinson.[6] Dawson had previously been Mayor of Dunedin (1887–1888).[7] Ross was the incumbent from the Roslyn electorate,[8] and had been Mayor of Dunedin in 1880–1881.[7] Dawson won the election by a large majority.[6]

At the end of the parliamentary term in 1893, the Dunedin Suburbs electorate was abolished.[9]

Members of Parliament

Election Winner
1890 election William Dawson

Election results

1890 election

1890 general election: Dunedin Suburbs[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Dawson 877 63.09
Conservative Archibald Hilson Ross 457 32.88
Independent Francis Wilkinson 56 4.03
Majority 420 30.22
Turnout 1,390 51.37
Registered electors 2,706


  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 192.
  2. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 54ff.
  3. ^ McRobie 1989, p. 57.
  4. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 53, 57.
  5. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 57–61.
  6. ^ a b c "The General Election, 1890". National Library. 1891. p. 2. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  7. ^ a b Griffiths, George (September 2005). "Dunedin's 19th Century Mayors" (PDF). Friends of the Hocken Collections. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  8. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 231.
  9. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 262.


  • McRobie, Alan (1989). Electoral Atlas of New Zealand. Wellington: GP Books. ISBN 0-477-01384-8.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dunedin_Suburbs&oldid=880392673"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunedin_Suburbs
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Dunedin Suburbs"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA