Electoral district of Perth (Legislative Council)

Perth was an electoral district of the Legislative Council of Western Australia from 1870 to 1890, during the period when the Legislative Council was the sole chamber of the Parliament of Western Australia.

Western AustraliaLegislative Council
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1870–1890

Perth was one of the original ten Legislative Council districts created by the Legislative Council Act 1870 (33 Vict, No. 13). The district's southern boundary ran along the Swan River, the Canning River, and Bull Creek (although North Fremantle was assigned to the district of Fremantle). It then ran south-east out to near present-day Ashendon, before going north-east to Mount Dale, which was the easternmost point within the district. Perth's northern boundary ran north-west from Mount Dale to Belmont (on the Swan River), then north by west to Lake Gnangara, and finally north to a due east line intersecting Nowergup Lake. The district was bordered by the district of Swan to the north and east, the district of Murray and Williams to the south-east (after 1873), and the district of Fremantle to the south.[1]

Along with Fremantle and the North District (from 1883 only), Perth elected two members to the Legislative Council (unlike the other constituencies, which only elected one member each). In total, eight men represented the district between 1870 and 1890, the longest-serving of which was Sir Luke Leake (from 1870 to 1886). Several of the district's representatives went on to serve in the Legislative Assembly after the advent of responsible government in 1890.[2]


Two members
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Julien Carr None 1870–1873   Sir Luke Leake None 1870–1886
  Edmund Birch None 1873–1875  
  George Randell None 1875–1878  
  Stephen Henry Parker None 1878–1888  
    Edward Scott None 1886–1890
  John Horgan None 1888–1889  
  Edward Vivien Harvey Keane None 1889–1890