Riverton was a parliamentary electorate in the Southland region of New Zealand.
The electorate included the town of Riverton.
Riverton existed from 1866 to 1881.The first representative was Donald Hankinson, who won the 1866 election. Hankinson resigned on 2 April 1870, before the end of the parliamentary term.
The resulting 1870 by-election was won by Lauchlan McGillivray, who was confirmed by the voters at the 1871 election.McGillivray was defeated at the 1876 election by Dr Samuel Hodgkinson. At the next election in 1879, Hodgkinson was in turn defeated by Patrick McCaughan. At the end of the parliamentary term in 1881, McCaughen retired and the electorate was abolished.
The electorate was represented by four Members of Parliament:
|1866 election||Donald Hankinson|
|1870 by-election||Lauchlan McGillivray|
|1876 election||Samuel Hodgkinson|
|1879 election||Patrick McCaughan|
John Parkin Taylor was a 19th-century New Zealand runholder, and a politician in Otago and Southland. In his early life, Taylor lived in various countries and studied languages in Germany. He worked as a merchant and was married when he returned to England. Taylor's family emigrated to New Zealand in 1849 and he was a sheep farmer in various parts of the South Island before finally settling on a run near Riverton in Southland, where he had his homestead 'Waldeck' built. He entered the House of Representatives for the Dunedin Country electorate through a by-election in 1858 but fell out with many of his constituents over a broken election promise, as he helped the Southland Province to break away from the Otago Province. He eventually became Southland's second Superintendent and served from 1865 to 1869, and also represented an electorate on the Southland Provincial Council for a few months. In 1865, he was appointed to the New Zealand Legislative Council and with one break in membership due to non-attendance, he remained a member until his death. He served for one year as mayor of Riverton (1872–73) but did not stand again due to poor health. Taylor had a painful illness and died in 1875.
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