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Marsden (New Zealand electorate)

Marsden is a former parliamentary electorate, in the Whangarei District and in the Northland Region of New Zealand.

Population centres

The electorate was mixed urban and rural, around the city of Whangarei.


The electorate existed from 1859 to 1972. It was established during the term of the 2nd Parliament. James Farmer was the first representative, elected on 16 December 1859.[1] The second representative was John Munro, who was elected on 27 December 1860, and served the whole term of the 3rd Parliament.[2]

Francis Hull was elected to the 4th Parliament, resigned in 1869 and was succeeded by Munro in the February by-election. Munro served the rest of the term, plus the term of the 5th Parliament.[2]

All subsequent representatives have always served full terms.

The was contested by Robert Thompson and Joseph Dargaville, and they received 955 and 550 votes, respectively. Thompson was thus declared elected.[3]

Alfred Murdoch unsuccessfully contested the Marsden electorate in the as an independent Liberal against the incumbent from the Reform Party, Francis Mander.[4][5] Mander retired at the ,[5] and Murdoch was elected.[6] At the next election in , Murdoch was defeated by William Jones of the Reform Party, but Murdoch defeated Jones in turn in when he stood for the United Party.[7] After two parliamentary terms, Murdoch was defeated in by James Barclay of the Labour Party.[8] In , Murdoch, now standing for the National Party, defeated Barclay and won the electorate back, and held it until he retired in .[8]

Election results


Election Winner
1859 supplementary election James Farmer
1861 election John Munro
Francis Hull
rowspan=2 John Munro
1876 election Sir Robert Douglas
William Colbeck
rowspan=2 Edwin Mitchelson
rowspan=2 Robert Thompson 1
rowspan=2 Francis Mander 2
Alfred Murdoch 3
William Jones
rowspan=2 Alfred Murdoch 3
rowspan=2 James Barclay
rowspan=4 Alfred Murdoch 3
rowspan=6 Donald McKay

1 Independent Conservative; then Liberal; then Independent; then Independent Liberal

2 Independent; then Reform

3 Independent Liberal; then United; then National



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