Oamaru (New Zealand electorate)

Oamaru (New Zealand electorate)

Oamaru was a parliamentary electorate in the Otago Region of New Zealand, during three periods between 1866 and 1978.


Geographic coverage

The electorate was centred on the town of Oamaru.


The electorate existed three times: from 1866 to 1870, 1881 to 1957, and then from 1969 to 1978.[1][2]

Robert Campbell was the first representative, who served from the 1866 general election to 9 April 1869, when he resigned.[3] Charles Christie Graham won the resulting 1869 by-election; he retired at the end of the term in 1870.[4] The electorate was abolished at the end of the 4th Parliament.[1]

Samuel Edward Shrimski won the 1881 general election in the reconstituted electorate. In the 1884 general election, he defeated Viscount Reidhaven (who later became the Earl of Seafield when he succeeded his father).[5] Shrimski resigned on 28 March 1885 and was appointed to the Legislative Council on 15 May 1885.[6]

Thomas William Hislop won the 1885 by-election and represented the electorate until 5 September 1889, when he resigned. He won the resulting 1889 by-election, but was defeated by Thomas Young Duncan at the 1890 general election.[7][8]


The electorate was represented by twelve Members of Parliament.[2]


 Independent    Liberal    Reform    United    Labour    National  

Election Winner
1866 election Robert Campbell
1869 by-election Charles Graham
(Electorate abolished 1871–1881, see Waitaki)
1881 election Samuel Shrimski
1884 election
1885 by-election Thomas Hislop
1887 election
1889 by-election
1890 election Thomas Duncan
1893 election
1896 election
1899 election
1902 election
1905 election
1908 election
1911 election Ernest Lee
1914 election
1919 election
1922 election John MacPherson
1925 election Ernest Lee (2nd period)
1928 election John MacPherson
(2nd period)
1931 election
1935 election Arnold Nordmeyer
1938 election
1943 election
1946 election
1949 election Thomas MacDonald
1951 election
1954 election
(Electorate abolished 1957–1969, see Waitaki)
1969 election Allan Dick
1972 election Bill Laney
1975 election Jonathan Elworthy


  1. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 161.
  2. ^ a b Wilson 1985.
  3. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 99.
  4. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 109.
  5. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1905). "The Hon. S. E. Shrimski". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Otago & Southland Provincial Districts. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-Cyc04Cycl-t1-body1-d2-d4-d17.html. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Scholefield 1950, pp. 85 ,139.
  7. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 114.
  8. ^ The Cyclopedia of New Zealand 1897, p. 83.


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