Story: Electoral systems

1853 election poster

1853 election poster

New Zealand’s first parliamentary elections were held in 1853. This poster from that election lists some of the people supporting William Barnard Rhodes as a candidate. Rhodes was successful, and he became a member of the House of Representatives in New Zealand’s first Parliament. Rhodes continued to serve as a member of Parliament until his defeat in 1866.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-E-POLITICS-1853-01

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Nigel S. Roberts, 'Electoral systems - Turning votes into seats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Nigel S. Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Feb 2015