1877 Totara by-election

The 1877 Totara by-election was a by-election held on 30 April 1877 in the Totara electorate on the West Coast of New Zealand during the 6th New Zealand Parliament.

The by-election was caused by the death of the incumbent MP George Henry Tribe on 19 March 1877.[1]

The by-election was won by William Gisborne. The polling place at Saltwater Creek recorded only a single vote (for Gisborne).[2] The partial result below has a majority of 57 for Gisborne, although a late return from Hunt's Beach at Jackson's Bay resulted in his majority being 83 or 84.[3][4]

ResultsEdit

1877 Totara by-election[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent William Gisborne 190 48.10
Independent John McGaffin 133 33.7
Independent Joseph Grimmond 72 18.2
Turnout 395
Majority 57 14.4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 241. OCLC 154283103.
  2. ^ "Untitled". Wanganui Herald. 5 May 1877.
  3. ^ "Hon Mr Gisborne's Election". The Press. 12 May 1877.
  4. ^ "Totara Election". West Coast Times. 2 May 1877.
  5. ^ "Hokitika". Thames Star. 17 April 1877.