In Christchurch there was a relatively strong contrast in the class character of different parts of the city. Fendalton was heavily dominated by professional and business people; Sydenham was a working-class area. This was reflected in the voting patterns in the city. The National candidate, Sidney Holland, who was also the Prime Minister, gained over two-thirds of the vote in the Fendalton electorate, while the Labour candidate, Mabel Howard, received a slightly higher proportion of the vote in Sydenham.
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Source: Alan McRobie, New Zealand electoral atlas. Wellington: GP Books, 1989, p. 97; Clifford Norton, New Zealand parliamentary election results, 1946–1987. Wellington: Department of Political Science, Victoria University of Wellington, 1988, pp. 224–350