1958 Victorian state election

Elections were held in the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday 31 May 1958 to elect the 66 members of the state's Legislative Assembly. This was the last time Assembly elections were held separately from those for the Legislative Council.

1958 Victorian state election

← 1955 31 May 1958 (1958-05-31) 1961 →

All 66 seats in the Victorian Legislative Assembly
  First party Second party Third party
  Henry Bolte.jpg Ernie Shepherd.jpg Herbert Hyland.jpg
Leader Henry Bolte Ernie Shepherd Herbert Hyland
Party Liberal and Country Labor Country
Leader since 3 June 1953 9 August 1957 20 April 1955
Leader's seat Hampden Footscray Gippsland South
Last election 33 seats 20 seats 11 seats
Seats won 39 seats 18 seats 9 seats
Seat change Increase 6 Decrease 2 Decrease 2
Percentage 37.18% 37.69% 9.30%
Swing Decrease 0.60 Increase 5.12 Decrease 0.24

Premier before election

Henry Bolte
Liberal and Country

Elected Premier

Henry Bolte
Liberal and Country

The Liberal and Country Party (LCP) government of Premier Henry Bolte won a second term in office.

ResultsEdit

Legislative AssemblyEdit

Victorian state election, 31 May 1958[1]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19551961 >>

Enrolled voters 1,478,065
Votes cast 1,392,813 Turnout 94.23 +0.21
Informal votes 24,760 Informal 1.78 -0.42
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 515,638 37.69 +5.12 18 −2
  Liberal and Country 508,678 37.18 -0.60 39 +6
  Democratic Labor 197,380 14.43 +1.82 0 −1
  Country 127,228 9.30 -0.24 9 −2
  Independent 17,770 1.30 -2.23 0 −1
  Other 1,359 0.10 -0.40 0 ±0
Total 1,368,053     66  
Two-party-preferred
  Liberal and Country 790,149 57.8 –0.1
  Labor 577,904 42.2 +0.1

Seats changing party representationEdit

There was a redistribution across Victoria prior to this election. The seat changes are as follows.

Abolished seatsEdit

Seat Incumbent member Party
Ascot Vale Ernie Shepherd   Labor
Carlton Denis Lovegrove   Labor
Caulfield East Alexander Fraser   Liberal and Country
Collingwood Bill Towers   Labor
Pascoe Vale Arthur Drakeford   Labor
Port Melbourne Archie Todd   Labor

New seatsEdit

Seat Party Elected member
Essendon   Liberal and Country Kenneth Wheeler
Fitzroy   Labor Denis Lovegrove
Mulgrave   Liberal and Country Ray Wiltshire
Ormond   Liberal and Country Joe Rafferty
Ringwood   Liberal and Country Jim Manson
Yarraville   Labor Roy Schintler

Seats changing handsEdit

Seat Incumbent member Party New member Party
Bendigo John Stanistreet   Liberal and Country Bill Galvin   Labor
Coburg Charlie Mutton   Independent Charlie Mutton   Labor
Evelyn Phillip Connell   Labor Russell Stokes   Liberal and Country
Geelong West Colin MacDonald   Labor Max Gillett   Liberal and Country
Richmond Frank Scully   Democratic Labor Bill Towers   Labor

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Election held on 31 May 1958, Australian Politics and Elections Database (University of Western Australia).