Northern Division (New Zealand electorate)

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Northern Division was a two-member parliamentary electorate in the Auckland Region, New Zealand from 1853 to 1870.

Geographic distribution

The southern boundary went through the Manukau and Waitematā Harbours, but excluded the areas covered by the City of Auckland and Suburbs of Auckland electorates. The area south of the harbours was covered by the Southern Division electorate. In the north, the electorate originally went nearly as far as Whangarei on the east coast, and included the area around Dargaville on the west coast. The Electoral Districts Act 1858 established four new electorates. The Northern Division and Bay of Islands electorates were combined and redivided, and the Marsden electorate was formed and placed between the two electorates, but the vast majority of the new electorate's area came from the Northern Division. After this division, the northern boundary was just north of Warkworth.[1]


The 1855 general election was contested by four candidates. The two incumbents, Thomas Forsaith and Walter Lee stood against Thomas Henderson and Mr May. They received 292, 294, 363 and 213 votes, respectively. Henderson and Lee were thus declared elected, and the incumbent Forsaith was beaten by two votes.[2]

Henderson represented the electorate in the 2nd Parliament from October 1855 to his resignation on 30 March 1860. He won the resulting 23 May 1860 by-election and represented the electorate until its dissolution on 6 November 1860. He was elected again for the 3rd Parliament in January 1861, and the 4th Parliament in February 1866, but he resigned on 5 June 1867.[3]

Thomas Macfarlane was elected on 6 July 1867, succeeding Henderson.[4] James O'Neill resigned in 1869 and was succeeded by Harry Farnall.

Members of Parliament



Election Winners
1853 election Thomas Forsaith Walter Lee
1855 election Thomas Henderson
1860 by-election
1861 election James O'Neill
1866 election
1867 by-election Thomas Macfarlane
1869 by-election Harry Farnall

Election results

1853 election

General election, 1853: Northern Division[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Thomas Forsaith 169 77.88
Independent Walter Lee 137 63.13
Independent Allan O'Neill[6] 128 58.99
Majority 9[mb 1] 4.15
Turnout 217[mb 2] 58.33
Registered electors 372

Table footnotes:

  1. ^ Majority is difference between lowest winning poll (Lee – 137) and highest losing poll (O'Neill – 128).
  2. ^ As electors had two votes each, turnout is assumed to be the sum of votes divided by two.


  1. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 28, 29, 32.
  2. ^ "State of the poll. Declaration by the returning officer". Daily Southern Cross. XXI (874). 13 November 1855. pp. 2–3. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 113.
  4. ^ "Northern Division Election". Daily Southern Cross. XXIII (3112). 8 July 1867. p. 4. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Elections". Daily Southern Cross. X (643). 26 August 1853. p. 3. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1902). "Mr. Allan O'Neill". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Canterbury Provincial District. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 


  • 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. 
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