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Goldfield electorates, 1860s

Goldfield electorates, 1860s

The goldfield electorates shown on this map allowed the relatively huge population of transient miners to vote by presenting their miner's licence. The goldfield electorates overlaid existing general electorates. The result was that neighbours, one a licensed miner, the other a local property owner, would vote in different electorates. The Goldfields electorate, which overlaid Otago province, was even stranger. It included all the small towns that had sprung up around gold-mining communities. Each section was politically linked but geographically separate from the others.

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Source: Alan McRobie, New Zealand electoral atlas. Wellington: GP Books, 1989


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Neill Atkinson, 'Voting rights - Miners and Māori', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Neill Atkinson, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015