Mornington (New Zealand electorate)

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Mornington is a former parliamentary electorate from 1946 to 1963, centred on the suburb of Mornington in the city of Dunedin, New Zealand.

Population centres

The 1941 New Zealand census had been postponed due to World War II, so the 1946 electoral redistribution had to take ten years of population growth and movements into account. The North Island gained a further two electorates from the South Island due to faster population growth. The abolition of the country quota through the Electoral Amendment Act, 1945 reduced the number and increased the size of rural electorates. None of the existing electorates remained unchanged, 27 electorates were abolished, eight former electorates were re-established, and 19 electorates were created for the first time, including Mornington.[1] The Mornington electorate was formed from areas that previously belonged to the Dunedin South and Dunedin Central electorates.[2] In the east, it was bounded by the railway. In the north, it extended as far as Brockville. In the southwest, it extended to Green Island.[3]

In the 1952 electoral redistribution, boundary adjustments were minor.[4] In the 1957 electoral redistribution, the Mornington electorate shifted west into areas that previously belonged to the Otago Central electorate. Settlements that were gained in this process include Wingatui, Fairfield, East Taieri, and the town of Mosgiel.[5]

The Mornington electorate was abolished through the 1962 electoral redistribution.[6] Most of its area went to the Otago Central electorate, some went to the Clutha electorate, and its easternmost part went to the Dunedin Central electorate. These changes came into effect through the 1963 election.[7]

History

During this period, the Mornington electorate was represented by one Member of Parliament, Walter Arthur Hudson of the Labour Party.[8] When the electorate was abolished in 1963, Hudson retired from Parliament.[9]

Members of Parliament

Key

 Labour  

Election Winner
1946 election Walter Arthur Hudson
1949 election
1951 election
1954 election
1957 election
1960 election
(Electorate abolished in 1963; see
Otago Central, Clutha, and Dunedin Central)

Election results

1960 election

General election, 1960: Mornington[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Arthur Hudson 7,635 52.14 -3.41
National G R Thorn 5,389 36.80
Social Credit J O Milburn 1,548 10.57 +1.79
Communist J L Marston 70 0.47 +0.20
Majority 2,246 15.33 -4.84
Turnout 14,642 90.98 -1.93
Registered electors 16,092

1957 election

General election, 1957: Mornington[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Arthur Hudson 7,756 55.55 +2.02
National Walter MacDougall 4,939 35.37 +10.42
Social Credit J O Milburn 1,227 8.78
Communist J L Marston 38 0.27
Majority 2,817 20.17 -8.40
Turnout 13,960 92.91 +0.85
Registered electors 15,025

1954 election

General election, 1954: Mornington[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Arthur Hudson 7,279 53.53 -10.74
National Walter MacDougall 3,393 24.95
Social Credit J D F Sloan 2,797 20.57
Communist J J Hannan 128 0.94 +0.12
Majority 3,886 28.57 +2.79
Turnout 13,597 92.06 +0.89
Registered electors 14,769

1951 election

General election, 1951: Mornington[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Arthur Hudson 9,168 62.47 -1.16
National R G Philling 5,385 36.69
Communist J J Hannan 121 0.82 -0.60
Majority 3,783 25.78 -2.90
Turnout 14,674 91.17 -3.01
Registered electors 16,094

1949 election

General election, 1949: Mornington[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Arthur Hudson 9,282 63.63 -3.01
National G N C Stephens 5,097 34.94
Communist J J Hannan 208 1.42
Majority 4,185 28.68 -4.60
Turnout 14,587 94.18 -0.10
Registered electors 15,487

1946 election

General election, 1946: Mornington[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Arthur Hudson 9,372 66.64
National L D McIver 4,691 33.35
Majority 4,681 33.28
Turnout 14,063 94.28
Registered electors 14,915

Notes

  1. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 91–96.
  2. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 93, 97.
  3. ^ McRobie 1989, p. 97.
  4. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 97–101.
  5. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 101–105.
  6. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 107f.
  7. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 105–109.
  8. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 267.
  9. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 206.
  10. ^ a b c d Norton 1988, pp. 279.
  11. ^ "The General Election, 1949". National Library. 1950. pp. 1–5, 8. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  12. ^ "The General Election, 1946". National Library. 1947. pp. 1–11, 14. Retrieved 1 January 2014.

References

  • 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.
  • Norton, Clifford (1988). New Zealand Parliamentary Election Results 1946–1987: Occasional Publications No 1, Department of Political Science. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington. ISBN 0-475-11200-8.
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