Mataura (New Zealand electorate)

Mataura (New Zealand electorate)

Mataura was a parliamentary electorate in the Southland Region of New Zealand, from 1866 to 1946.


Population centres

Mataura was located in the rural Southland Region.[1]


Mataura was first established for the 1866 general election. The first representative was Dillon Bell from 1866 until the dissolution of parliament in December 1875.[2]

  • William Wood from 1876 to 1878
  • James Shanks from 1879 to 1881
  • Francis Wallace Mackenzie from 1881 to 1884
  • George Richardson from 1884 to 1893 & 1896 to 1898
  • Robert McNab from 1893 to 1896 and 1898 to 1908
  • George James Anderson from 1908 to 1928
  • David McDougall from 1928 to 1938
  • Thomas Lachlan MacDonald (National) from 1938 to 1946.

Members of Parliament

The electorate was represented by nine Members of Parliament:[3]

Election Winner
1866 election Dillon Bell (Independent)
1871 election
1876 election William Wood (Independent)
1879 by-election James Shanks (Independent)
1879 election
1881 election Francis Wallace Mackenzie (Independent)
1884 election George Richardson (Independent)
1887 election
1890 election
1893 election Robert McNab (Liberal)
1896 election George Richardson (2nd period; Independent)
1898 by-election Robert McNab (2nd period; Liberal)
1899 election
1902 election
1905 election
1908 election George James Anderson (Independent, then Reform)
1911 election
1914 election
1919 election
1922 election
1925 election
1928 election David McDougall (United, then Independent)
1931 election
1935 election
1938 election Thomas Lachlan MacDonald (National)
1943 election



  • Scholefield, Guy Hardy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840-1949. Wellington: Govt. Printer. 

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