Electoral district of Mount Marshall

Mount Marshall was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia from 1930 to 1989.

Mount Marshall
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1930–1989
NamesakeMount Marshall

HistoryEdit

The seat was created under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1929[1] and was first contested in the 1930 state election. It was historically very safe for the Country Party, and its member from 1967 to 1983, Ray McPharlin, led the party between 1974 and 1975. He lost the leadership after the party walked out of a coalition with Charles Court and the Liberal Party on 16 May 1975, only to ultimately return under considerable pressure. In 1978, McPharlin joined a breakaway party, known as the National Party (NP), led by future Deputy Premier Hendy Cowan, and won the seat under this banner at the 1980 election. However, in 1982 he rejoined the National Country Party, who lost the seat for the first time in its history to the Liberals. It was recaptured by Mort Schell at the 1986 election, however, the seat was dissolved in a redistribution under the Electoral Districts Act 1947 on 29 April 1988 into the neighbouring seats of Avon and Merredin.[2]

GeographyEdit

Mount Marshall was located in the Eastern Wheatbelt region and, while its exact composition varied over time, it was remarkably stable over its existence when compared with neighbouring electoral districts.

It included the following local government areas:

In later years, as populations in the area declined, the District absorbed the rest of Dalwallinu (1966) and the Shires of Cunderdin (1972), Quairading (1972), Goomalling (1977), Wongan-Ballidu (1977), Westonia (1982) and parts of Yilgarn (1982).

MembersEdit

Member Party Term
  John Lindsay Country 1930–1933
  Frederick Warner Ind. Country 1933–1936
  Country 1936–1943
  Hugh Leslie Country 1943–1950
  George Cornell Country 1950–1967
  Ray McPharlin Country 1967–1975
  National Country 1975–1978
  National (WA) 1978–1982
  National Country 1982–1983
  Bill McNee Liberal 1983–1986
  Mort Schell National 1986–1989

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Government of Western Australia (1930). "Redistribution of Seats Act (No 1 of 1929)". Statutes of Western Australia, 1929-1930. pp. 1–56.
  2. ^ "Electoral Districts Act 1947-1985 - Order in Council". Western Australia Government Gazette. 29 April 1988. p. 1988:1339-1527.