The electorate was in South Auckland, based on the settlements or suburbs of Howick, Onehunga, Otahuhu, and Panmure where the Fencibles lived; retired former British soldiers who were available to defend Auckland during the New Zealand Wars.
Pensioner Settlements was one of the original electorates used for the 1st Parliament elected in 1853; and existed until the end of the 4th Parliament on 30 December 1870. In 1871, several new electorates were created in Auckland.
Captain Symonds was elected on 30 April 1858. De Quincey was elected in the 1866 general election, but he resigned soon after. The 5 August 1867 by-election was won by John Kerr. A second person, a Mr Jackson, was nominated, but the returning officer would not accept the nomination, as Jackson was not on the electoral roll. Thus, Kerr was declared elected unopposed.
|1853 election||John Bacot||Joseph Greenwood|
|1855 election||John Williamson|
|1858 by-election||Captain Jermyn Symonds|
|1861 election||William Mason|
|1866 election||Paul Frederick de Quincey|
|1867 by-election||John Kerr|