Palmerston by-election, 1918

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Palmerston by-election, 1918
New Zealand
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Turnout 5,363
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Candidate Jimmy Nash Alexander Galbraith E H Crabb
Party Reform Labour Liberal
Popular vote 2,229 1,914 1,119
Percentage 41.56 35.68 20.86

Member before election

David Buick

Elected Member

Jimmy Nash

The Palmerston by-election of 1918 was a by-election held in the Palmerston electorate during the 19th New Zealand Parliament, on 19 December 1918. The by-election was won by the sitting Mayor of Palmerston North, Jimmy Nash with a majority of 315.


The contest was triggered by the death of incumbent MP David Buick of the Reform Party on 18 November 1918 during the influenza epidemic.[1] Under the terms of the coalition agreement between Reform and the Liberal's a condition was made not to oppose each other in by-elections for deceased or retiring MP's from their own parties. However, both contested the seat after failing to agree on a joint National Government nominee.[2]


The following table gives the election results:

Palmerston by-election, 1918[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Reform Jimmy Nash 2,229 41.56
Labour Alexander Galbraith 1,914 35.68
Liberal Ernest Hugh Crabb[4] 1,119 20.86
Independent Reform A. Buchanan 101 1.88
Majority 315 5.87
Turnout 5,363


  1. ^ "David Buick : Member of Parliament for Palmerston North 1908–1918" (PDF). New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Gustafson 1980, p. 136.
  3. ^ "By-election Results". The New Zealand Herald. LV (17038). 20 December 1918. p. 4. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Beryl. "Helen Priscilla Crabb". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 


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