Mount Albert by-election, 1947

Mount Albert by-election, 1947
New Zealand
24 September 1947 (1947-09-24)

The Mount Albert seat in the House of Representatives.
Election by simple majority using first-past-the-post voting.
Turnout 87.1%
Candidate Warren Freer J. C. Garland
Party Labour National
Popular vote 7,235 5,682
Percentage 56% 44%

Member before election

Arthur Richards

Elected Member

Warren Freer

The 1947 Mount Albert by-election was a by-election held during the 28th New Zealand Parliament in the Auckland electorate of Mount Albert. The by-election occurred following the death of MP Arthur Richards and was won by Warren Freer.


Arthur Richards, who was first elected to represent Roskill for the Labour Party in 1931, died on 5 August 1947. This triggered the Mount Albert by-election, which occurred on 24 September 1947. Warren Freer was the candidate for the Labour Party, and J. C. Garland was the candidate for the National Party.

Freer obtained 56% of the votes and was successful.[1] Richards had urged Freer (who had stood for Eden in 1946 election), to stand for the safe Labour seat of Mt Albert when he died. Freer was only 26 and relatively unknown to executive members, but local supporter Dick Barter convinced Peter Fraser that his work in Eden was adequate apprenticeship. Freer recalled two inspiring byelection speeches by Martyn Finlay and Mabel Howard, and was staggered when his majority was close to that of Richards in 1946, rather than being well below (as for most byelections).[2]

Previous election

1946 general election: Mount Albert[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Richards 7,681 56.88
National F. A. Hosking 5,824 43.12
Majority 1,857 13.75
Informal votes 74
Registered electors 14,374
Turnout 13,579 94.47


The following table gives the election results:

Mount Albert by-election, 1947[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Warren Freer 7,235 56.01
National J. C. Garland 5,682 43.99
Majority 1,553 12.02
Informal votes 26
Registered electors 14,861
Turnout 12,943 87.09
Labour hold Swing

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Norton 1988, p. 280.
  2. Freer 2004, pp. 26, 27, 29.


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