Masterton (New Zealand electorate)

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Masterton was a New Zealand electorate from 1887 to 1946, focused on the town of Masterton and the surrounding area.

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Population centres

In the 1887 electoral redistribution, although the Representation Commission was required through the Representation Act 1887 to maintain existing electorates "as far as possible", rapid population growth in the North Island required the transfer of three seats from the South Island to the north. Ten new electorates were created, including Masterton, and one former electorate was recreated. [1]

The Masterton electorate's boundaries were roughly based on those of the Wairarapa North electorate that it replaced, although it was not an exact match. The electorate ran from the Tararua Ranges down to the sea, with its northern boundary just north of Eketahuna and its southern boundary just south of the largest Wairarapa town of Masterton. [2]

The 1890 election saw the electorate gain Pahiatua and Woodville, but lose territory on the coast south of Castlepoint. At the 1893 elections, it lost Woodville, and in the 1896 election, it lost Pahiatua. In the 1911 election, it lost Castlepoint, leaving it almost landlocked.

History

The electorate of Masterton was created for the 1887 general election. It was represented by five Members of Parliament. [3]

The electorate was abolished in 1946; [3] the town of Masterton itself was moved to the Wairarapa electorate, while the rest was moved to the Pahiatua electorate.

Election results

Key

  Independent     Liberal     Reform     Labour     National   

ElectionWinner
1887 election George Beetham
1890 election Alexander Hogg
1893 election
1896 election
1899 election
1902 election
1905 election
1908 election
1911 election George Sykes
1914 election
1919 election
1922 election
1925 election
1928 election
1931 election
1935 election John Robertson
1938 election
1943 election Garnet Mackley
(Electorate abolished in 1946; see Wairarapa)

Election results

1943 election

1943 general election: Masterton [4]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
National Garnet Mackley 5,061 47.88
Labour John Robertson 4,56743.21-7.28
Democratic Labour Donald Alexander Thompson5815.49
Independent Justin McCarthy Power2852.69
Informal votes750.70-0.08
Majority4944.67
Turnout 10,56991.94-2.39
Registered electors 11,495

1938 election

1938 general election: Masterton [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour John Robertson 5,385 50.49 +13.03
National Jack Irving5,19548.71
Informal votes840.78+0.48
Majority1901.78-1.66
Turnout 10,66494.33+1.66
Registered electors 11,304

1935 election

1935 general election: Masterton [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour John Robertson 3,532 37.46
Reform George Sykes 3,20734.01-23.29
Democrat Thomas Hislop 2,68828.51
Informal votes290.30-0.37
Majority3253.44
Turnout 9,42792.67+7.88
Registered electors 10,172

1931 election

1931 general election: Masterton [7] [8]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Reform George Sykes 4,660 57.30
Labour Peter Butler 2,70933.31
Independent Arthur Henry Vile7649.39
Informal votes550.67
Majority1,95123.99
Turnout 8,18884.79
Registered electors 9,657

1928 election

1928 general election: Masterton [9] [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Reform George Sykes 4,207 48.62
United William Thompson2,96934.31
Labour Ben Roberts 1,47717.07
Majority1,23814.31
Informal votes720.83
Turnout 8,72589.92
Registered electors 9,703

1899 election

1899 general election: Masterton [11] [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Alexander Hogg 2,591 64.92
Conservative Charles Edwin Cockburn-Hood1,40035.08
Majority1,19129.84
Turnout 3,99177.17
Registered electors 5,172

1893 election

1893 general election: Masterton [13] [14]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Alexander Hogg 2,282 60.63 +9.80
Conservative Joseph Harkness 1,05428.00
Liberal William Wilson McCardle 42811.37
Majority1,22832.62+31.78
Turnout 3,76469.59+9.88
Registered electors 5,409

1890 election

1890 general election: Masterton [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Alexander Hogg 1,069 50.43
Conservative George Beetham 1,05149.57
Majority180.84
Turnout 2,12049.71
Registered electors 4,264

Notes

  1. McRobie 1989, pp. 50–53.
  2. McRobie 1989, pp. 46, 50.
  3. 1 2 Scholefield 1950, p. 160.
  4. "The General Election, 1943". National Library. 1944. p. 11. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  5. "The General Election, 1938". National Library. 1939. pp. 1–6. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  6. The General Election, 1935. Government Printer. 1936. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  7. The General Election, 1931. Government Printer. 1932. p. 3. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  8. "Notice of nominations received and polling places appointed". Wairarapa Daily Times . 21 November 1931. p. 4. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  9. Skinner, W. A. G. (1929). The General Election, 1928. Government Printer. p. 3. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  10. "Notice of nominations received and polling places appointed". Wairarapa Daily Times . 30 October 1928. p. 4. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  11. "The General Election, 1899". Wellington: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 19 June 1900. p. 1. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  12. "Masterton Electorate". Wairarapa Daily Times . XVI (6410). 4 December 1899. p. 3. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  13. The General Election, 1893. Government Printer. 1894. p. 1. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  14. "The General Election". Otago Daily Times . 28 November 1893. p. 6. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  15. "The General Election, 1890". National Library. 1891. Retrieved 25 February 2012.

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