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Clutha (New Zealand electorate)
Clutha was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate from 1866 to 1996.
In the 1865 electoral redistribution, the House of Representatives focussed its review of electorates to South Island electorates only, as the Central Otago Gold Rush had caused significant population growth, and a redistribution of the existing population. Fifteen additional South Island electorates were created, including Clutha, and the number of Members of Parliament was increased by 13 to 70.
The electorate was established in 1865 for the 1866 election. The first representative was James Macandrew, who had served on all previous parliaments. At the 1871 election, Macandrew successfully stood in the Port Chalmers, and Clutha was won by James Thomson. In the 1887 election, Thomson was defeated by Thomas Mackenzie. Mackenzie retired from Parliament at the end of the third term for Clutha in 1996.
Members of Parliament
The electorate was represented by ten Members of Parliament:
|Independent United||Peter McSkimming||4,751||59.60|
|Labour||John W Fenton||1,313||18.72|
|Conservative||James William Thomson||1,809||48.55|
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