1893 Inangahua by-election

The Inangahua by-election of 1893 was a by-election held on 8 June 1893 during the 11th New Zealand Parliament in the West Coast seat of Inangahua.

1893 Inangahua by-election

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Candidate Sir Robert Stout Patrick O'Regan
Party Liberal Liberal
Popular vote 1,899 788
Percentage 70.67 29.33

Member before election

Richard Reeves

Elected Member

Robert Stout

The by-election was held because of the bankruptcy of the previous member of parliament Richard Reeves who had won the seat by just one vote.

This election saw Robert Stout, a twice former premier, who had been out of parliament since 1887 return under the newly organised New Zealand Liberal Party. Patrick O'Regan would also stand for the New Zealand Liberal Party in later years and won the seat of Inangahua at the 1893 New Zealand general election.[1] This was the last by-election (or general election) in New Zealand held before the introduction of universal suffrage.


The following table gives the election results:

1893 Inangahua by-election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Robert Stout 1,899 70.67
Liberal Patrick O'Regan 788 29.33
Majority 611 41.36
Turnout 2,687


  1. ^ "His first election contest". The Evening Post. Vol. CXXIII, no. 121. 24 May 1937. p. 10. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ "The Inangahua Election". The Star. No. 4666. 9 June 1893. p. 3. Retrieved 23 December 2015.