1869 Roslyn by-election

The 1869 Roslyn by-election was a by-election for the electorate of Roslyn in Dunedin on 12 February 1869 during the 4th New Zealand Parliament.

The by-election resulted from the resignation of the previous member George Hepburn on 9 January 1869.[1]

The by-election was won by Henry Driver who defeated Colin Allen by 215 votes to 89, giving him a majority of 126 votes. In his acceptance speech Driver doubted if the result would be received with pleasure by the Government in Wellington. Driver got a majority of votes in North East Valley, Mornington and Caversham, while Allen got a majority of votes in his home district of Kaikorai.[2]


The following table gives the election results:

1869 Roslyn by-election [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Henry Driver 215 70.72
Independent Colin Allan 89 29.28
Turnout 304
Majority 126 41.45


  1. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 204. OCLC 154283103.
  2. ^ "Roslyn Election". Otago Daily Times. No. 2192. 13 February 1869. p. 2.
  3. ^ "Roslyn Election". Otago Daily Times. 11 February 1869.