Electoral district of Williams (Western Australia)
Western Australia—Legislative Assembly
|State or territory:||Western Australia|
|1known as Williams-Narrogin 1911–1950|
A rural district named for the town of Williams in Western Australia's Wheatbelt region, it was one of the original 30 districts contested at the 1890 state election. The name of the district was changed to Williams-Narrogin at the 1911 state election, the same election which saw Edward Johnston of the Labor Party elected as its representative. Johnston resigned from the Labor Party in December 1915 over issues with the Scaddan government, and resigned his seat in Parliament. He recontested (unopposed, as it turned out) the resulting by-election and was thus re-elected as an Independent. His actions brought about the downfall of the Labor government of John Scaddan in August 1916 when it next met. Johnston briefly served as Speaker in February 1917, however, his former Labor colleagues opposed his appointment and refused to respect his authority, forcing him to resign after just a few days in favour of James Gardiner. Later in 1917, he joined the Country Party.
|Frederick Henry Piesse||Ministerial||1890–1904|