Heathcote (New Zealand electorate)

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Heathcote was a 19th-century parliamentary electorate in Christchurch, New Zealand.


Population centres

The electorate was based on the Heathcote Valley suburb.


Heathcote existed from 1861 to 1893. [1]

George Williamson Hall resigned in 1862. He was succeeded by William Sefton Moorhouse in the 1862 by-election. Moorhouse himself resigned the following year and was succeeded by Alfred Cox in the 1863 by-election. [1]

John Hall, the younger brother of George and who was later to become the 12th Premier, won the 1866 election against George Buckley [2] and represented Heathcote until 1872, when he resigned due to health reasons. At the 1872 by-election, John Cracroft Wilson was elected unopposed to represent the electorate. [3]

James Fisher the represented the electorate over the next two terms, from 1876 to 1881. He was succeeded by lawyer Henry Wynn-Williams, who won the 1881 election. During the next term, beginning with the 1884 election, John Coster was the representative, until his death on 17 December 1886. The 1887 by-election was won by Frederic Jones. [4] Jones was confirmed in the 1887 election a few months later. [1]

The last representative for Heathcote was William Tanner, who won the 1890 election. [1] He defeated Heaton Rhodes in his first attempt to enter Parliament. [5] [6]

Members of Parliament


  Independent     Liberal–Labour   

1861 election George Hall [7]
1862 by-election William Moorhouse [8]
1863 by-election Alfred Cox [9]
1866 election John Hall
1871 election
1872 by-election John Wilson
1876 election James Fisher
1879 election
1881 election Henry Wynn-Williams
1884 election John Coster [10] [11]
1887 by-election Frederic Jones
1887 election
1890 election William Tanner

Election results

1890 election

1890 general election: Heathcote [12]
Liberal–Labour William Tanner 854 57.08
Conservative Heaton Rhodes 64242.92
Turnout 1,49652.89
Registered electors 2,828

1887 by-election

The following table gives the election result:

1887 Heathcote by-election [13] [14]
Independent Frederic Jones 527 61.07
Independent Aaron Ayers 33638.93
Turnout 863

1866 election

1866 general election: Heathcote [2]
Independent John Hall 368 60.63
Independent George Buckley 23939.37
Turnout 607
Registered electors

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