1890 Timaru by-election

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1890 Timaru by-election
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  1887 general 18 August 1890 (1890-08-18) 1890 general  
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Candidate William Hall-Jones Edward George Kerr
Party Independent Liberal Independent
Popular vote422344

Member before election

Richard Turnbull

Elected Member

William Hall-Jones

The 1890 Timaru by-election was a by-election held on 18 August 1890 during the 10th New Zealand Parliament in the seat of Timaru, a partly urban seat in Canterbury on the East Coast of the South Island.



The by-election was triggered because of the death of sitting member of parliament Richard Turnbull. [1] The election saw William Hall-Jones win the seat over his main opponent, Edward George Kerr.

Kerr had contested the 1887 election against Turnbull, [2] and was the proprietor of The Timaru Herald . Hall-Jones had initially refused nomination citing crucial upcoming business interests. However, several locals persisted and Hall-Jones eventually accepted. [1] Hall-Jones, Kerr and W F Alpin were nominated, and after a show of hands went in favour of Hall-Jones a poll was demanded by the supporters of Kerr and Alpin. [3]


The following table gives the election results:

1890 Timaru by-election [4] [3]
Independent Liberal William Hall-Jones 422 49.41
Independent Edward George Kerr34440.28
Independent Labour W F Alpin8810.30
Turnout 854


  1. 1 2 Hall-Jones 1969, p. 24.
  2. "The Nominations". Ashburton Guardian. VII (1667). 20 September 1887. p. 3. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  3. 1 2 "The Timaru Seat". The Star (6929). 12 August 1890. p. 3. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  4. "Timaru election". Waikato Times. XXXV (2825). 21 August 1890. p. 2. Retrieved 14 April 2017.

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