Riverton (New Zealand electorate)

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Riverton was a parliamentary electorate in the Southland region of New Zealand.

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Population centres

The electorate included the town of Riverton. [1]

History

Riverton existed from 1866 to 1881. [1] The first representative was Donald Hankinson, who won the 1866 election. Hankinson resigned on 2 April 1870, before the end of the parliamentary term. [2]

The resulting 1870 by-election was won by Lauchlan McGillivray, who was confirmed by the voters at the 1871 election. [3] McGillivray was defeated at the 1876 election by Dr Samuel Hodgkinson. [4] At the next election in 1879, Hodgkinson was in turn defeated by Patrick McCaughan. [5] At the end of the parliamentary term in 1881, McCaughen retired and the electorate was abolished. [6]

Election results

The electorate was represented by four Members of Parliament: [1] [7]

Key

  Independent   

ElectionWinner
1866 election Donald Hankinson
1870 by-election Lauchlan McGillivray
1871 election
1876 election Samuel Hodgkinson
1879 election Patrick McCaughan

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 Wilson 1985, p. 271.
  2. Wilson 1985, p. 202.
  3. Wilson 1985, p. 215.
  4. Wilson 1985, pp. 205, 215.
  5. Wilson 1985, pp. 205, 214.
  6. Wilson 1985, pp. 214, 271.
  7. Cyclopedia Company Limited (1903). "Southland". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Otago & Southland Provincial Districts. Christchurch. Retrieved 16 July 2010.

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