1905 Western Australian state election

Elections were held in the Australian state of Western Australia in late 1905 to elect 50 members to the state's Legislative Assembly. The main polling day was 27 October, although four remote electorates (Dundas, Gascoyne, Kimberley, and Pilbara) went to the polls on 13 November.

1905 Western Australian state election

← 1904 27 October – 13 November 1905 1908 →

All 50 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
  First party Second party
  Cornthwaite Rason (1858-1927).jpg William Dartnell Johnson.png
Leader Hector Rason William Johnson
Party Ministerialist Labour
Leader since 28 September 1904 4 October 1905
Leader's seat Guildford Kalgoorlie
(lost seat)
Last election 18 seats 22 seats
Seats won 33 seats 14 seats
Seat change Increase15 Decrease8
Percentage 53.84 35.07%
Swing Increase17.15 Decrease7.50

Premier before election

Hector Rason

Elected Premier

Hector Rason

Hector Rason, the sitting premier and a member of the Ministerialist faction, had taken office on 25 August 1905 at the head of a minority government, following the fall of the previous minority government led by Henry Daglish of the Labour Party. Daglish resigned as party leader on 27 September, and was replaced by William Johnson on 4 October. At the election, Rason and the Ministerialists recorded a landslide victory, with their gain of 15 seats allowing them to form a comfortable majority government. Eight Labour members lost their seats, including their leader Johnson, who was defeated in Kalgoorlie by Norbert Keenan.


Western Australian state election, 1905[1]
Legislative Assembly

Enrolled voters 121,722[1]
Votes cast 52,896 Turnout 51.86%
Informal votes 535 Informal 1.01%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Ministerial 28,189 53.84% +17.15 33 +15
  Labour 18,364 35.07% –7.50 14 –8
  Independent Labour 2,161 4.13% +2.78 1 +1
  Independent National 1,943 3.71% +3.71 2 +2
  Independent 1,704 3.25% –16.14 0 –10
Total 52,361     50  

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1 The total number of enrolled voters was 121,722, of whom 19,720 were registered in 11 uncontested seats. Eight of the uncontested seats were won by Ministerialists and three by Labour.


  1. ^ Australian Politics and Elections Database, University of Western Australia.