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Wallaroo is a defunct electoral district that elected members to the House of Assembly, the lower house of the bicameral legislature of the Australian state of South Australia. It was established in 1875 and abolished in 1970.[1]

South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
StateSouth Australia
NamesakeWallaroo, South Australia
Coordinates33°55′S 137°37′E / 33.917°S 137.617°E / -33.917; 137.617Coordinates: 33°55′S 137°37′E / 33.917°S 137.617°E / -33.917; 137.617

Successful 1891 Wallaroo by-election candidate Richard Hooper was the first Labor member of the House of Assembly, but was not a member of the newly formed United Labor Party (ULP), instead serving as an Independent Labor member. The 1892 East Adelaide by-election saw ULP candidate John McPherson win the seat. It was the first time the ULP had won a seat in the House of Assembly, with electoral success to be followed at the 1893 colonial election, winning 10 of 54 seats and the balance of power, allowing the ULP to support the liberal opposition led by Charles Kingston in defeating the conservative government led by John Downer.

The town of Wallaroo is currently located in the safe Liberal seat of Goyder. The two current Wallaroo booths totaling 3,000 voters are both marginally Liberal.


Three members (1875–1884)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  John Duncan 1875–1878   John Richards 1875–1878   M. H. Madge 1875–1875
  R. D. Ross 1875–1884
  C. S. Hare 1878–1881   Luke Furner 1878–1884
  W. H. Beaglehole 1881–1884
Two members (1884–1902)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  H. A. Grainger 1884–1885   Luke Furner 1884–1890
  David Bews 1885–1891
  H. A. Grainger 1890–1901
  Richard Hooper Labor 1891–1902
  John Verran Labor 1901–1902
Three members (1902–1915)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Peter Allen 1902–1912   John Verran Labor 1902–1915   John Shannon 1902–1905
  A. E. Winter Labor 1905–1912
  J. F. Herbert Labor 1912–1915   J. A. Southwood Labor 1912–1915
Two members (1915–1938)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  J. F. Herbert Labor 1915–1917   John Verran Labor 1915–1917
  National 1917–1918   National 1917–1918
  Robert Richards Labor 1918–1931   John Pedler Labor 1918–1931
  Parliamentary Labor 1931–1934   Parliamentary Labor 1931–1934
  Labor 1934–1938   Labor 1934–1938
Single-member (1938–1970)
Member Party Term
  Robert Richards Labor 1938–1950
  Hughie McAlees Labor 1950–1956
  Leslie Heath Liberal and Country 1956–1957
  Lloyd Hughes Labor 1957–1970


  1. ^ "Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836 to 2009" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia.

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