Christchurch West

Christchurch West

Christchurch West was a parliamentary electorate in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand from 1871 for the 5th Parliament, and it existed until 1875.[1]


The electorate was created for the 1871 general election, and it was contested by Edward Richardson and William Wynn-Williams. The nomination meeting was held on 12 January, and the show of hands was 50 to 30 in favour of Wynn-Williams. Richardson demanded a poll, which was scheduled for 19 January.[2] On polling day, Richardson and Wynn-Williams obtaining 234 and 214 votes, respectively. Richardson was thus declared elected.[3]

The electorate was abolished at the end of the 5th Parliament in 1875.[4] It was held by Richardson until the dissolution of Parliament in December.[5]

Member of Parliament

The electorate was represented by one Member of Parliament:[6]

Election Winner
1871 election Edward Richardson (Independent)


  1. ^ J. O. Wilson, New Zealand Parliamentary Record 1840–1984, 4th edition, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand, 1985.
  2. ^ "Nomination for Christchurch West". The Star: p. 3. Issue 820, 12 January 1871. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "The General Elections". The Star. Issue 826, 19 January 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Scholefield, Guy Hardy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840-1949. Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 176. 
  5. ^ Scholefield, Guy Hardy (1925) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record. Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 129. 
  6. ^ "The General Elections". The Star. Issue 826, 19 January 1871. pp. 2. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 

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