Auckland West

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The former New Zealand parliamentary electorate on the western inner city of Auckland, was known as City of Auckland West from 1861 to 1890, and then Auckland West from 1905 to 1946.

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Population centres

From 1861 to 1884 the electorate comprised the suburbs of Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Herne Bay. With the creation of the Ponsonby electorate for the 1887 election, Auckland West was moved south to include Grey Lynn, Newton and Kingsland.

From 1890 to 1905, Auckland West – along with Auckland Central and Auckland East – were merged into the multi-member City of Auckland electorate. In 1903 the Parliament passed the City Single Electorates Act, abolishing multi-member electorates from the end of the 15th Parliament in 1905.

The three inner-city Auckland electorates were recreated in 1905, with Auckland West first comprising the suburbs of Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Newton and parts of Grey Lynn; and from 1908 to 1946 covering Ponsonby and Herne Bay.

History

The City of Auckland West electorate was created for the election held on 11 January 1861 [1] and it lasted to 1890. [1] During this period, City of Auckland West was a two-member electorate. [2]

At the first election in 1861, Josiah Firth [3] and John Williamson [4] were elected. [5] Firth resigned on 30 April 1862, [1] and was succeeded by James Williamson (no relation to John Williamson) in the 1862 by-election. [6]

In the December 1875 election, Sir George Grey and Patrick Dignan were the only candidates in the two-member electorate and were thus declared elected. [7] In January 1876, Grey also contested and won a seat in the Thames electorate. [8] A protest against Grey's election was lodged with the returning officer the following day, stating that Grey had not been eligible to stand for election in Thames, as he had already been elected in Auckland West. This petition was filed to the House of Representatives at the end of January. [9] On 8 July, the report of the committee inquiring into Sir George Grey's election for the Thames was read to the House. It was found that his election to the Thames electorate was in accordance with the law, but that he had to make a decision for which electorate he would sit. [10] On 15 July 1876, Grey announced that he would represent Thames, and he moved that a by-election be held in Auckland West for the seat that he would vacate there. [11]

The 25 July 1876 by-election caused by Grey's retirement was won by Benjamin Tonks, who resigned in 1877. [12]

The electorate was then represented by James Wallis 1877–81, William John Hurst 1879–81 and David Goldie 1887–90.

The "Auckland West" electorate was created in 1905, and lasted to 1946. It was held for 1905–11 & 1914–19 by Charles Poole, 1911–14 by James Henry Bradney, and from 1919 until he died in 1940 by revered Labour prime minister Michael Joseph Savage. The next holder Peter Carr 1940–46 also died while holding the seat.

Members of Parliament

Key

  Independent     Liberal     Reform     Labour   

multi-member electorate

From 1861 to 1881, City of Auckland West was a two-member electorate.

ElectionWinners
1861 election John Williamson Josiah Firth
1862 by-election James Williamson
1866 election
1867 by-election Patrick Dignan [13] [14]
1871 election Thomas Gillies
1871 by-election John Williamson
1875 (1st) by-election George Grey
1875 (2nd) by-election Patrick Dignan (2nd period)
1875 election
1876 by-election Benjamin Tonks
1877 by-election James Wallis
1879 by-election David Goldie
1879 election William John Hurst
(Electorate converted to single member in 1881)

single member electorate

ElectionWinner
1881 election Joseph Dargaville
1884 election
1887 election David Goldie (2nd period)
(Electorate abolished 1890–1905, see City of Auckland)
1905 election Charles Poole
1908 election
1911 election James Bradney
1914 election Charles Poole (2nd period)
1919 election Michael Joseph Savage
1922 election
1925 election
1928 election
1931 election
1935 election
1938 election
1940 by-election Peter Carr
1943 election
(electorate abolished 1946; see Mount Albert)

Election results

1943 election

1943 general election: Auckland West [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Peter Carr 9,269 61.71 -1.53
National John W. Kealy 3,86725.74
Democratic Labour Pat Curran 1,4479.63
People's Movement Howard Moncrieff Bagnall2321.54
Informal votes2031.35+0.65
Majority5,40235.97+3.14
Turnout 15,01872.68+12.65

1940 by-election

1940 Auckland West by-election [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Peter Carr 6,151 63.24
Independent Wilfred Fortune 2,95830.41
Communist Gordon Watson 3753.86
Independent SocialistLawrence Pickles1321.36
LiberalJoseph Kennedy150.15
Independent Enoch Naden80.08
Majority3,19332.83
Informal votes680.70+0.05
Turnout 8,13660.03
Registered electors 16,170
Labour hold Swing

1938 election

1938 general election: Auckland West [17]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Michael Joseph Savage 11,591 75.88 +2.95
National John W. Kealy 3,58423.46
Informal votes1000.65
Majority8,00752.41-0.20
Turnout 15,275

1935 election

1935 general election: Auckland West [18]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Michael Joseph Savage 8,567 72.93 +10.00
United Ernest David Stallworthy2,38720.32
Democrat Joseph Alexander Govan7926.74
Majority6,18052.61
Turnout 11,746

1931 election

1931 general election: Auckland West [19]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Michael Joseph Savage 6,442 62.93
United Hugh Ross Mackenzie1,92518.80
Reform John Allum 1,87018.27
Majority4,51744.12
Informal votes630.61
Turnout 10,30079.78
Registered electors 12,911

1928 election

1928 general election: Auckland West [20]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Michael Joseph Savage 5,361 47.01 -5.18
United Richard Speirs4,02035.25
Reform Frank Adeane2,02117.72
Majority1,34111.76
Turnout 11,402

1925 election

1925 general election: Auckland West [21] [22]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Michael Joseph Savage 5,677 52.19
Reform Samuel Oldfield5,20147.81
Majority4764.38
Informal votes1221.11
Turnout 11,00089.55
Registered electors 12,283

1922 election

1922 general election: Auckland West [23] [24] [25]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Michael Joseph Savage 5,649 56.53 +12.02
Reform John Farrell4,34543.47
Majority1,30413.04
Turnout 9,994

1919 election

1919 general election: Auckland West [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Michael Joseph Savage 3,750 44.51
Reform Charles Frederick Bennett3,27038.81
Liberal Andrew Entrican 1,40416.66
Majority4805.69
Turnout 8,424

1914 election

1914 general election: Auckland West [27]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Charles Poole 4,827 58.55 +16.77
Reform James Bradney 3,41641.44-15.31
Informal votes841.01-0.45
Majority1,411
Turnout 8,24383.30+2.38
Registered electors 9,895

1911 election

1911 general election: Auckland West [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Reform James Bradney 4,273 56.75
Liberal Charles Poole 3,14641.78-17.97
Informal votes1101.46-0.10
Majority1,12714.96
Turnout 7,52985.68+6.42
Registered electors 8,787

1908 election

1908 general election: Auckland West [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Charles Poole 4,126 59.75 +20.05
Independent Liberal Robert Thompson 2,67138.68
Informal votes1081.56+0.56
Majority1,45521.07+15.75
Turnout 6,90579.26-6.90
Registered electors 8,711

April 1875 by-election

April 1875 City of Auckland West by-election [30] [31] [32] [33]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Independent Patrick Dignan 565 59.41
Independent Joseph Dargaville 38640.59
Turnout 951
Majority17918.82

1905 election

1905 general election: Auckland West [34]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Charles Poole 2,534 39.70
Conservative James Parr 2,19434.37
Liberal–Labour Thomas Taylor Masefield1,59024.91
Informal votes641.00
Majority3405.32
Turnout 6,38286.16
Registered electors 7,407

1879 by-election

1879 City of Auckland West by-election [35] [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Independent David Goldie 776 74.83
Independent Patrick Dignan 26125.17
Turnout 1037
Majority51549.66

1877 by-election

1877 City of Auckland West by-election [37] [38]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Independent James Wallis 470 63.69
Independent Robert Graham 26836.31
Turnout 738
Majority20236.31

1876 by-election

1876 City of Auckland West by-election [39] [40] [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Independent Benjamin Tonks 656 92.79
Independent Henry Warner Farnall23233.57
Independent Singleton Rochford131.84
Majority61887.41
Informal votes12
Turnout 719

April 1875 by-election

April 1875 City of Auckland West by-election [42] [43] [44] [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Independent Patrick Dignan 565 59.41
Independent Joseph Dargaville 38640.59
Turnout 951
Majority17918.82

Notes

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  2. Scholefield 1950, p. 154.
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  4. Waterson, D. B. "Williamson, John 1815 – 1875". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  5. Scholefield 1950, pp. 106, 148.
  6. Scholefield 1950, p. 148.
  7. "(By Telegraph). Auckland. Dec. 22". Vol. XXIII, no. 1159. North Otago Times. 23 December 1875. p. 2. Archived from the original on 21 May 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  8. "THE ELECTIONS". Vol. XXXII, no. 5708. Daily Southern Cross. 8 January 1876. p. 3. Archived from the original on 21 May 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  9. "The Thames election : petition against sir George Grey's election". Vol. XXXII, no. 5724. Daily Southern Cross. 1 February 1876. p. 3. Archived from the original on 21 May 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  10. "New Zealand Parliament". Vol. XXIV, no. 2427. Taranaki Herald. 12 July 1876. p. 3. Archived from the original on 21 May 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  11. "Parliamentary". Vol. IV, no. 401. Bay of Plenty Times. 15 July 1876. Archived from the original on 21 May 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  12. "CITY WEST ELECTION". Vol. XXXII, no. 5238. Daily Southern Cross. 26 July 1876. p. 3. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  13. Laracy, Hugh. "Dignan, Patrick 1813/1814? – 1894". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  14. Cyclopedia Company Limited (1902). "Mr. Patrick Dignan". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Auckland Provincial District. Christchurch. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  15. "The General Election, 1943". National Library. 1944. pp. 1–12. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  16. "Declaration of Results". Auckland Star . Vol. LXXI, no. 125. 28 May 1940. p. 3. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  17. "The General Election, 1938". National Library. 1939. pp. 1–6. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  18. The New Zealand Official Year-Book. Government Printer. 1936. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  19. The General Election, 1931. Government Printer. 1932. p. 1. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  20. Skinner, W. A. G. (1929). The General Election, 1928. Government Printer. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  21. The General Election, 1925. Government Printer. 1926. p. 2. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  22. "General Election". The Evening Post . Vol. CX, no. 30. 4 August 1925. p. 6. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  23. The New Zealand Official Year-Book. Government Printer. 1924. Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  24. McRobie 1989, pp. 83f.
  25. Hislop 1923, pp. 1–6.
  26. Hislop, J. (1921). The General Election, 1919. National Library. pp. 1–6. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  27. Hislop, J. (1915). The General Election, 1914. National Library. pp. 1–33. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  28. "The General Election, 1911". National Library. 1912. pp. 1–14. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
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  33. "Telegrams". Press. 15 April 1875.
  34. The General Election, 1905. p. 3. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  35. "Auckland City West Election". Press. Vol. XXXI, no. 4243. 5 March 1869. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  36. "City West Election". The New Zealand Herald . Vol. XVI, no. 5397. 5 March 1879. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  37. "City West Election". West Coast Times. 3 May 1877.
  38. "Untitled". New Zealand Times. 3 May 1877.
  39. "Daily Southern Cross". Daily Southern Cross . 26 July 1876.
  40. "Untitled". Thames Advertiser. 31 July 1876.
  41. "City West Election". Auckland Star . 28 July 1876.
  42. "Auckland". The Evening Post . 15 April 1875.
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  44. "City West Election". Auckland Star . 14 April 1875.
  45. "Telegrams". Press. 15 April 1875.

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