1869 City of Dunedin by-election

The 1869 City of Dunedin by-election was a by-election held on 5 March 1869 in the City of Dunedin electorate in Dunedin during the 4th New Zealand Parliament.

The by-election was caused by the resignation of the incumbent, James Paterson.

The winner was Thomas Birch. He was opposed by James Gordon Stuart Grant, a local eccentric and frequent candidate.


1869 City of Dunedin by-election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Thomas Birch 578 76.35
Independent James Gordon Stuart Grant 179 23.65
Turnout 757
Majority 399 52.71


  1. ^ "The City Election". Otago Daily Times. No. 2212. 9 March 1869. p. 2. Retrieved 3 January 2019.