1897 Wellington City mayoral election

The 1897 Wellington City mayoral election was part of the New Zealand local elections held that same year. The polling was conducted using the standard first-past-the-post electoral method.

1897 Wellington City mayoral election
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Candidate John Rutherford Blair George Fisher
Party Independent Independent
Popular vote 1,359 576
Percentage 70.23 29.77

Mayor before election

Francis Bell

Elected Mayor

John Rutherford Blair


In 1897 incumbent Mayor Francis Bell retired leading to the chairman of the Wellington Education Board John Rutherford Blair being elected to office as the new Mayor of Wellington, beating challenges from MP George Fisher (a former mayor).


The following table gives the election results:

1897 Wellington mayoral election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Rutherford Blair 1,359 70.23
Independent George Fisher 576 29.77 -10.97
Majority 783 40.46
Turnout 1,935


  1. ^ "Mayoralty Elections". The Evening Post. Vol. LIV, no. 127. 25 November 1897. p. 5. Retrieved 5 May 2019.


  • Betts, G.M. (1970). Betts on Wellington: A City and its Politics. Wellington: A. H. & A. W. Reed Ltd. ISBN 0 589 00469 7.