1944 Lowan state by-election

A by-election for the seat of Lowan in the Victorian Legislative Assembly was held on Saturday 4 November 1944. The election was triggered by the notification of the death of Country Party member Hamilton Lamb on 7 December 1943. Lamb was a prisoner of war on the Burma Railway at the time of the June 1943 state election, and he had been re-elected as MLA for Lowan unopposed in his absence. He died on 7 December, but official notification of his death in Thailand was not received in Australia until 1 September 1944, nearly nine months later.


There were three candidates for the Lowan by-election following the close of nominations on 18 October 1944.[1] They were:


Lowan state by-election, 1944[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor John Tripovich 4,201 42.07 n/a
Country Wilfred Mibus 4,000 40.06 n/a
Unendorsed Country William Armstrong 1,785 17.88 n/a
Total formal votes 9,986 n/a n/a
Two-party-preferred result
Country Wilfred Mibus 5,223 52.30 n/a
Labor John Tripovich 4,763 47.70 n/a
Country hold Swing N/A


  1. ^ "THREE LOWAN CANDIDATES". The Argus. Melbourne. 19 October 1944. p. 3. Retrieved 30 April 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "FINAL LOWAN FIGURES". The Horsham Times. Vic. 14 November 1944. p. 2. Retrieved 30 April 2012 – via National Library of Australia.