1939 British Honduras general election

General elections were held in British Honduras in March and April 1939.

Electoral system


The Legislative Council consisted of six elected members, four members appointed by the Governor, three officials (the Attorney General, the Colonial Secretary and the Financial Secretary) and the Governor, who served as president.[1] The elected members were elected from five constituencies, one of which (Belize) had two seats.

Voting was limited to British subjects or people who had lived in the territory for at least three years and who were aged 21 or over and met one of the financial requirements, which included paying an annual property tax of at least $6, paying at least $96 in rent a year, or being in receipt of an annual salary of at least $300. Anyone who had received poor relief from public funds in the three months prior to voter registration was ineligible. As a result of the criteria, only 1,155 people from a population of 58,759 were registered to vote.[2]


Constituency Date Elected member
Belize 13 March[3] Arthur Balderamos
Edward Usher
Northern Robert Turton
Stann Creek 1 April[4] Henry Bowman
Toledo Samuel Vernon
Western 4 April[4] Eric Bowen
Source: British Honduras Gazette

The nominated members were appointed on 29 March, with Henry Llewellyn Gabourel, K. Heusner, Neil Stuart Stevenson and Arthur Norman Wolffsohn appointed.[5]


  1. ^ Colonial Reports: British Honduras 1953
  2. ^ A framework for voter education Elections and Boundaries Department
  3. ^ Notice British Honduras Gazette, 6 March 1939
  4. ^ a b Notice British Honduras Gazette, 8 March 1939
  5. ^ Legislative Council appointments British Honduras Gazette, 1 April 1939