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1885 Tauranga by-elections

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Two 1885 by-elections were held in the electorate of Tauranga to replace the sitting member in 1885, during the term of the 9th Parliament.

William Kelly stood and came second in both by-elections. He had come second for the electorate in the two previous general elections in 1881 election and 1884 election, and was finally elected in the 1887 election.

May 1885 by-electionEdit

The first by–election was held on 22 May after the resignation of George Morris when he was appointed the Legislative Council, and was won by John Sheehan. After Kelly asked for a scrutiny of the votes, Sheehan’s majority was reduced from 15 to 12.

1885 Tauranga by-elections[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent John Sheehan 535 50.38
Independent William Kelly 527 49.62
Turnout 1062
Majority 8 0.75

July 1885 by-electionEdit

The second by–election was held on 11 July after the death of John Sheehan on 12 June, Lawrence Grace won the seat.

1885 Tauranga by-elections[3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Lawrence Grace 565 51.18
Independent William Kelly 539 48.82
Turnout 1104
Majority 26 2.36

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tauranga Election". Daily Telegraph in Papers Past. 30 May 1885. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Tauranga Election". New Zealand Herald in Papers Past. 23 May 1885. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Tauranga Election". Grey River Argus in Papers Past. 13 July 1885. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Tauranga Election". Star in Papers Past. 13 July 1885. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Tauranga Election". Hawkes Bay Herald in Papers Past. 13 July 1885. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840–1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.