A WIN FOR LABOUR.. MR. MASON HEADS POLL. PRESENT MAJORITY OF 441. ABSENT VOTERS TOTAL 286. REFORM SUPPORT DIVIDED. The by-election in Eden yesterday resulted in a win for the Labour candidate, Mr. H. G. R. Mason. His majority over Sir James Gunson, the Government nominee, was 441. The following table shows the total number of votes cast for each candidate:— H. G. R. Mason (Labour) . . . . 4473 Sir James Gunson (Government) . . 4032 Miss Melville (Independent Reform) 2250 Majority for Mason . . .. 441 There are 284 absentee and two seamen's votes to come, but these can obviously not affect the result. Although keen interest was displayed in tho contest, there were 1343 fewer votes cast than at the general election last November. Nevertheless, the poll was a fairly heavy one, as may be gauged from the fact that 10,755 persons recorded valid votes at the polling booths out of an effective electoral roll of 13.804.
The voting in Eden at the last two general elections was as follows :—1922: Hon. C. J. Parr, 3893; H. G. R. Mason* 3226; F. S. Morton, 1390. 1925: Sir James Parr, 7158; H. G. R. Mason, 4822. Details of the Voting. Details of the voting at the various polling places yesterday are as follow: —
The returns from many of the polling places came to hand at an early hour, and to begin with, showed small majorities for Sir James Gunson. The first return was that received from Waitakere, which gave 46 votes to the Government, 28 to Labour, and 17 to Miss Melville. It was received in Auckland by the returning officer, Mr. H. J. Copping, at 7.15 p.m., 15 minutes after the poll closed. Returns Early to Hand.
As a rule, Sir James Gunson roceived substantial majorities in tho rural localities, Labour drawing its strength from some of the urban areas. Mr. Mason polled exceptionally well at Morningside, Edendale, Avondale, New Lynn and Point Chevalier. Miss Melville received most support at Mount Albert and Avondale. For the first hour it was by no means certain that Mr. Mason would finish in the lead, but with the receipt of the figures for Edendale and New Lynn at 8.30 p.m. the issue was no longer in doubt.
The last returns to come in, those for Swanson and Brigham's Creek, were in the returning officer's hands at 9 p.m., so that the result of the election was known definitely just two hours after the closing of the poll. That this end was achieved so expeditiously in an electorate that is widely scattered as to the centres of population is largely due to the completeness of the arrangements effected by Mr. Copping and his officers. Mr. Mason Addresses Crowd. Mr. Mason addressed the largo crowd in Wyndham Street from an upper window in the Herald building, when the result of the poll had been made known. " I have to thank the supporters of Labour for their victory to-night," he said, "for I recognise it was their victory rather than mine. I have to thank the candidates for the straightforward way in which they have conducted the campaign, and I trust that after the first day or two of disappointment has passed we shall all bo the best possible friends." THE NEW MEMBER. MR. MASON'S CAREER. Mr. Henry Greathead Rex Mason has been successful in reaching' Parliament in hjs fourth electoral contest. Ho first stood as Labour candidate for Manukau in 1919, when Sir Frederick Lang retained the seat for the Government. Again, in 1922 ho contested Eden against Sir James Parr, and was beaten. In the election of last December he again opposed Sir James, who won by a majority of 2336—7158 votes to 4822. Mr. Mason was "born in Wellington in 1885, and was educated at the Clyde Quay School, Wellington College, where ho was head of the school in 1902, and Victoria University College, to which he went upon a scholarship. At the university he gained the degrees of M.A. and LL.B. After serving for some years in law offices at Wellington ana Eltham, Mr. Mason began practice on his own account at Pukekohe in 1911. More recently he has been in practice in Auckland. For four years ho was Mayor of Pukekohe and during his term ot office electricity, streets and water supply schemes were inaugurated.
Miss Gunson. Mason. Melville. Avondale Town H. 393 576 251 Avondale Flat llf, 73 100 Avondale South . . 117 153 62 Brigham's Creek . 35 3 17 Kdendale 114 234 113 Glen Eden . . 237 159 75 Henderson (Foreste r s' 258 Hall.) 303 12o Henderson Valley . '27 5 24 Hobsonville 08 55 38 Huia ■10 26 0 Karekare 0 2 0 Morningside G84 281 (marquee) 422 Morniniiside 202 168 (St. Luke's) 200 Mount Albert 697 553 374 New Lynn 410 593 143 Nihotupu 20 6 2 Gratia . . PI ' 19 21 Parau 17 7 1 162 Point Chevalier . . 280 615 Swanson •. 87 46 77 Taupaki 79 12 8 Te Atatu . • 85 13 15 Titiranfii 77 14 11 "Waifakere _ -.v40 08 17 Western Snrings . 48 127 43 Whenuapai 29 10 17 Totak 4032 4473 2250
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EDEN BY-ELECTION., New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIII, Issue 19303, 16 April 1926
EDEN BY-ELECTION. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIII, Issue 19303, 16 April 1926
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