New Zealand general election, 1879

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New Zealand general election, 1879
New Zealand
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All 88 seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives
Turnout 66.5%
  First party Second party
  Sir John Hall, ca 1880.jpg George Grey, c. 1875.jpg
Leader John Hall George Grey
Party Independent Independent
Leader since 1878 1877
Leader's seat Selwyn Thames
Seats won 45 41
Popular vote N/A N/A
Percentage N/A N/A
Swing N/A N/A

Prime Minister before election

George Grey
Independent

Subsequent Prime Minister

John Hall
Independent

The New Zealand general election of 1879 was held between 28 August and 15 September 1879 to elect a total of 88 MPs to the 7th session of the New Zealand Parliament. The Māori vote was held on 8 September. A total of 82,271 (66.5%) European voters turned out to vote, plus 14,553 Māori voters. Following the election, John Hall formed a new government.

Background

Formal political parties had not been established yet; this only happened after the 1890 election.[1] The same 73 electorates were used as for the last election,[2] which was held in 1875–76. In October 1875, Parliament passed the Representation Act 1875, which resolved to increase the size of Parliament to 88 representatives across the 73 electorates.[3][4]

Two of the electorates were represented by three members each (Christchurch and Dunedin).[5] A further eleven electorates were represented by two members each (Auckland West, Franklin, Grey Valley, Hokitika, Napier, City of Nelson, Thames, Wairarapa, Waitaki, Wanganui and City of Wellington).[3][6] The remaining 60 electorates were represented by a single member each.[3]

The election came about when George Grey's government was defeated in a no-confidence motion in July. He successfully requested a dissolution from the Governor of New Zealand, Sir Hercules Robinson.[7]

Male Māori received universal suffrage (two years before European males were granted universal suffrage). The parliamentary term was reduced from five to three years.[8]

Date

The election was held between 28 August and 15 September.[9] The date of election is defined here as the day on which the poll took place, or if there was no contest, the day of nomination.[10] The earliest date was the nomination meeting in the Avon electorate, where William Rolleston was declared elected unopposed.[11][12] The last elections were held on 15 September, where John Studholme and Edward George Wright were elected in the Gladstone and Coleridge electorates, respectively.[13]

The election in the Maori electorates were held on 8 September.[14]

Candidates

At the nomination meeting in the Waimea electorate on 5 September 1879, Joseph Shephard, Albert Pitt, Oswald Curtis and Acton Adams were proposed, the latter three without their knowledge or consent, presumably by opponents of George Grey who had the support of Shephard.[15] With Pitt, Curtis and Adams all formally withdrawing from the contest, the returning officer declared Shephard elected unopposed.[16] In 14 seats there was only one candidate.[17]

Result

In the European electorates, the male population over 21 years of age was 116,008.[18] Of those, 82,271 were enrolled and the turnout was 66.5%.[9] The male Māori population was estimated at 14,553, of which 6,686 voted (turnout 46%). The Maori statistics are to be treated with caution, though, as not much emphasis was put into precise data gathering. When the first Maori roll was established for the 1949 election, for example, more votes were cast than were voters on the roll.[9]

The initial results showed a virtual deadlock with no clear winner. Inititially the opposition seemed to have won slightly more seats than the "Greyites" (supporters of Grey) but not enough to claim a majority outright.[19] However, after several days of negotiations a new ministry was formed by John Hall who had ensured support from 45 members, with 41 backing Grey and 2 Independent of either faction.[20][21] Upon Grey's rejection, James Macandrew was unanimously elected leader of the liberals and sought to oust Hall and form a new ministry, but was denied after Hall induced four Auckland liberals (known as the "Auckland rats") to cross the floor.[22]

George Grey was elected in both the Thames and the City of Christchurch electorates.[23] Grey came first in the three-member Christchurch electorate (Samuel Paull Andrews and Edward Stevens came second with equal numbers of votes, and only 23 votes ahead of Edward Richardson).[24] Richardson petitioned against Grey's return on technical grounds, as Grey had already been elected in the Thames electorate.[25][26] The electoral commission unseated Grey on 24 October,[27] with Richardson offered to fill this vacancy a few days later. Grey kept the Thames seat and remained a member of parliament through that constituency.[28]


Member Electorate Affiliation[29] MP's term Election date
Montgomery, WilliamWilliam Montgomery Akaroa Greyite Third 1 September[30]
Moorhouse, William SeftonWilliam Sefton Moorhouse Ashley Conservative Sixth 11 September[30]
Speight, WilliamWilliam Speight Auckland East Greyite First 10 September[31]
Hurst, William JohnWilliam John Hurst Auckland West Greyite First 6 September[32]
Wallis, JamesJames Wallis Auckland West Greyite Second 6 September[33]
Rolleston, WilliamWilliam Rolleston Avon Conservative Fourth 28 August[34]
Murray, WilliamWilliam Murray Bruce Conservative Third 9 September[35]
Fisher, James BickertonJames Bickerton Fisher Buller Greyite First 9 September[36]
Barron, WilliamWilliam Barron Caversham Greyite First 9 September[37]
Saunders, AlfredAlfred Saunders Cheviot Conservative Third 6 September[38]
Andrews, Samuel PaullSamuel Paull Andrews Christchurch Greyite First 10 September[39]
Grey, GeorgeGeorge Greya Christchurch Greyite Third 10 September[40]
Stevens, Edward Cephas JohnEdward Cephas John Stevens Christchurch Conservative Third 10 September[31]
Ormond, John DaviesJohn Davies Ormond Clive Conservative Fifth 10 September[41]
Thomson, James WilliamJames William Thomson Clutha Greyite Third 11 September[42]
Wright, Edward GeorgeEdward George Wright Coleridge Conservative First 15 September[43]
Gibbs, WilliamWilliam Gibbs Collingwood Conservative Third 11 September[44]
Dick, ThomasThomas Dick Dunedin, City ofCity of Dunedin Conservative Third 2 September[45]
Oliver, RichardRichard Oliver Dunedin, City ofCity of Dunedin Conservative Second 2 September[41]
Stewart, William DownieWilliam Downie Stewart Dunedin, City ofCity of Dunedin Conservative Second 2 September[46]
Pyke, VincentVincent Pyke Dunstan Greyite Third 3 September[47]
McDonald, AllanAllan McDonald East Coast Greyite First 5 September[48]
Tole, JosephJoseph Tole Eden Greyite Second 5 September[49]
Atkinson, HarryHarry Atkinson Egmont Conservative Fifth 5 September[39]
Harris, BenjaminBenjamin Harris Franklin Greyite First 11 September[50]
Hamlin, EbenezerEbenezer Hamlin Franklin Conservative Second 11 September[51]
Wakefield, EdwardEdward Wakefield Geraldine Conservative Second 9 September[33]
Studholme, JohnJohn Studholme Gladstone Conservative Fourth 15 September[46]
Trimble, RobertRobert Trimble Grey and Bell Conservative First 8 September[49]
Reeves, RichardRichard Reeves Grey Valley Greyite Second 5 September[52]
Masters, EdwardEdward Masters Grey Valley Greyite First 5 September[53]
Fisher, JamesJames Fisher Heathcote Greyite Second 8 September[36]
Seddon, RichardRichard Seddon Hokitika Greyite First 5 September[54]
Reid, RobertRobert Reid Hokitika Greyite First 5 September[52]
Mason, ThomasThomas Mason Hutt Conservative First 9 September[55]
Bain, James WalkerJames Walker Bain Invercargill Conservative First 1 September[37]
Bowen, Charles ChristopherCharles Christopher Bowen Kaiapoi Conservative Third 5 September[56]
Allwright, HarryHarry Allwright Lyttelton Greyite First 4 September[10]
Johnston, Walter WoodsWalter Woods Johnston Manawatu Conservative Third 6 September[57]
Colbeck, William HenryWilliam Henry Colbeck Marsden Greyite First 11 September[58]
Shanks, JamesJames Shanks Mataura Greyite Second 29 August[54]
Lundon, JohnJohn Lundon Mongonui and Bay of Islands Greyite First 10 September[59]
Hursthouse, RichmondRichmond Hursthouse Motueka Conservative Second 2 September[60]
de Lautour, CecilCecil de Lautour Mount Ida Greyite Second 30 August[45]
Sutton, FredFred Sutton Napier Conservative Second 8 September[46]
Russell, WilliamWilliam Russell Napier Conservative Second 8 September[38]
Pitt, AlbertAlbert Pitt Nelson, City ofCity of Nelson Conservative First 6 September[61]
Adams, ActonActon Adams Nelson, City ofCity of Nelson Conservative Second 6 September[10]
Richmond, AndrewAndrew Richmond Nelson SuburbsSuburbs of Nelson Conservative Fifth 8 September[34]
Kelly, ThomasThomas Kelly New Plymouth Conservative Fourth 6 September[62]
Swanson, WilliamWilliam Swanson Newton Greyite Third 2 September[46]
O'Rorke, MauriceMaurice O'Rorke Onehunga Greyite Fifth 9 September[41]
Moss, FrederickFrederick Moss Parnell Greyite Second 4 September[35]
Kenny, CourtneyCourtney Kenny Picton Conservative Fourth 30 August[62]
Macandrew, JamesJames Macandrew Port Chalmers Greyite Seventh 5 September[63]
Willis, William JarvisWilliam Jarvis Willis Rangitikei Conservative First 3 September[64]
McCaughen, PatrickPatrick McCaughen Riverton Independent First 6 September[63]
Thorne George, SeymourSeymour Thorne George Rodney Greyite Second 8 September[44]
Driver, HenryHenry Driver Roslyn Conservative Fourth 5 September[65]
Hall, JohnJohn Hall Selwyn Conservative Fourth 29 August[51]
Fulton, JamesJames Fulton Taieri Conservative First 9 September[44]
Grey, GeorgeGeorge Greya Thames Greyite Third 2 September[40]
Sheehan, JohnJohn Sheehan Thames Greyite Third 2 September[54]
Turnbull, RichardRichard Turnbull Timaru Conservative Second 6 September[49]
Gisborne, WilliamWilliam Gisborne Totara Greyite Third 29 August[44]
Brown, James ClarkJames Clark Brown Tuapeka Greyite Fourth 6 September[66]
Ireland, GeorgeGeorge Ireland Waikaia Independent First 8 September[60]
Whyte, John BlairJohn Blair Whyte Waikato Conservative First 8 September[67]
McLean, GeorgeGeorge McLean Waikouaiti Conservative Third 6 September[68]
Shephard, JosephJoseph Shephard Waimea Conservative Second 5 September[15][16]
Whitaker, Frederick AlexanderFrederick Alexander Whitaker Waipa Conservative First 10 September[67]
Bunny, HenryHenry Bunny Wairarapa Greyite Fifth 4 September[69]
Beetham, GeorgeGeorge Beetham Wairarapa Conservative Second 4 September[70]
Seymour, ArthurArthur Seymour Wairau Conservative Third 8 September[54]
Shrimski, SamuelSamuel Shrimski Waitaki Greyite Second 5 September[71]
Hislop, Thomas WilliamThomas William Hislop Waitaki Conservative Second 5 September[72]
Wood, ReaderReader Wood Waitemata Greyite Fifth 9 September[43]
Finn, HughHugh Finn Wakatipu Greyite First 12 September[36]
Hirst, HenryHenry Hirst Wallace Conservative First 4 September[72]
Bryce, JohnJohn Bryce Wanganui Conservative Fourth 5 September[66]
Ballance, JohnJohn Ballance Wanganui Greyite Third 5 September[37]
Hutchison, WilliamWilliam Hutchison Wellington, City ofCity of Wellington Greyite First 5 September[60]
Levin, WilliamWilliam Levin Wellington, City ofCity of Wellington Conservative First 5 September[59]
Brandon, AlfredAlfred Brandon Wellington Country Conservative Sixth 11 September[66]
Tomoana, HenareHenare Tomoana X-01Eastern Maori Conservative Second 8 September[49]
Tawhai, HoneHone Tawhai X-02Northern Maori Greyite First 8 September[73]
Tainui, IhaiaIhaia Tainui X-03Southern Maori Greyite Second 8 September[73]
Wheoro, Wiremu TeWiremu Te Wheoro X-04Western Maori Greyite First 8 September[67]

a George Grey was unseated on petition in Christchurch, as he had already been elected in the Thames electorate[74]


Government formation

Following the election, John Hall formed a new government on 8 October 1879, and Hall thus became the 12th Premier of New Zealand.[75][76] The Hall Ministry stayed in power until 21 April 1882, i.e. some months after the next general election.[76]

Notes

  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 177.
  2. ^ McRobie 1989, p. 43.
  3. ^ a b c "Representation Act 1875 (39 Victoriae 1875 No 77)". Parliamentary Counsel Office. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Special Parliamentary Telegram". Otago Daily Times (4267). 21 October 1875. p. 3. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 156.
  6. ^ Scholefield 1950, pp. 154–167.
  7. ^ Martin, John E. (2004). The House: New Zealand's House of Representatives, 1854–2004. Palmerston North: Dunmore Publishing Limited. p. 80. ISBN 9780864694638. 
  8. ^ "Key dates in New Zealand electoral reform". Elections New Zealand. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "General elections 1853–2005 – dates & turnout". Elections New Zealand. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c Scholefield 1950, p. 92.
  11. ^ "The General Election". The Star (3551). 28 August 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "The First Election". Auckland Star. X (2924). 28 August 1879. p. 3. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  13. ^ Scholefield 1950, pp. 142, 149.
  14. ^ Scholefield 1950, pp. 142, 144, 147.
  15. ^ a b "Waimea Nomination". Nelson Evening Mail. XIV (201). 5 September 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "Electoral District of Waimea.". Colonist. XXII (2598). 9 September 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  17. ^ Wilson (1985) page 285
  18. ^ "The Electors of New Zealand". The Star (3596). 20 October 1879. p. 3. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "The New Parliament". Patea Mail. V (460). 20 September 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  20. ^ "The Political Situation". Evening Post. XVIII (79). 30 September 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "The Elections Decided". Wanganui Herald. XII (9508). 8 September 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  22. ^ Hall, David Oswald William (1966), "Macandrew, James", An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, retrieved 25 September 2016 
  23. ^ "General Election News". XII (9511). Wanganui Herald. 11 September 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  24. ^ "The Christchurch Election". The Star (3563). 11 September 1879. p. 3. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  25. ^ "The Timaru Herald : Thursday, October 30, 1879". The Timaru Herald. XXXI (1594). 30 October 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  26. ^ "The Christchurch Election". The Star (3608). 3 November 1879. p. 3. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  27. ^ "Sir George Grey unseated for Christchurch". The Timaru Herald. XXXI (1590). 25 October 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  28. ^ "Parliamentary". VI (934). Poverty Bay Herald. 27 October 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  29. ^ "The New Parliament". Wanganui Chronicle. XXI (4143). 18 September 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  30. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 127.
  31. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 140.
  32. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 115.
  33. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 145.
  34. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 136.
  35. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 128.
  36. ^ a b c Scholefield 1950, p. 106.
  37. ^ a b c Scholefield 1950, p. 94.
  38. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 137.
  39. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 93.
  40. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 110.
  41. ^ a b c Scholefield 1950, p. 130.
  42. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 143.
  43. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 149.
  44. ^ a b c d Scholefield 1950, p. 108.
  45. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 103.
  46. ^ a b c d Scholefield 1950, p. 141.
  47. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 133.
  48. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 122.
  49. ^ a b c d Scholefield 1950, p. 144.
  50. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 112.
  51. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 111.
  52. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 134.
  53. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 126.
  54. ^ a b c d Scholefield 1950, p. 138.
  55. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 125.
  56. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 96.
  57. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 117.
  58. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 101.
  59. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 120.
  60. ^ a b c Scholefield 1950, p. 116.
  61. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 132.
  62. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 118.
  63. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 121.
  64. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 148.
  65. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 104.
  66. ^ a b c Scholefield 1950, p. 97.
  67. ^ a b c Scholefield 1950, p. 147.
  68. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 124.
  69. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 98.
  70. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 95.
  71. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 139.
  72. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 114.
  73. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 142.
  74. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 201.
  75. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 37.
  76. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 57.

References

  • McRobie, Alan (1989). Electoral Atlas of New Zealand. Wellington: GP Books. ISBN 0-477-01384-8. 
  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
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