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The North, often known as North District or the Northern District, was an electoral district of the Legislative Council of Western Australia from 1874 to 1890, during the period when the Legislative Council was the sole chamber of the Parliament of Western Australia.

The North
Western AustraliaLegislative Council
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1874–1890

North District was created by the Legislative Council Amendment Act 1873 (37 Vict. No. 22), along with the Murray and Williams. It comprised all of Western Australia's territory above the 27th parallel south, which had previously belonged to the district of Geraldton.[1] With the passing of the Legislative Council Act Amendment Act 1882 (46 Vict. No. 24), the district was divided in two, with the portion south of Point Cloates being transferred to the new district of Gascoyne. At the same time, the North District gained an additional member.[2] The district's boundaries were again altered with the passing of the Legislative Council Act Amendment Act 1886 (50 Vict. No. 10), when the territory above 19° 30′ S was transferred to the new district of Kimberley.[3]

Seven men represented North District in the Legislative Council between 1874 and 1890, with McKenzie Grant serving the longest (from 1880 to 1887). Three of the district's representatives went on to serve in the Legislative Assembly after the advent of responsible government in 1890 (Septimus Burt, Charles Harper, Alexander Richardson, and Horace Sholl), while Thomas Burges and McKenzie Grant continued on in the Legislative Council as nominated members.[4]

MembersEdit

One member (1874–1883)
Member Party Term
  Thomas Burges None 1874–1878
  Charles Harper None 1878–1880
  McKenzie Grant None 1880–1883
Two members (1883–1890)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  McKenzie Grant None 1883–1887   Alexander McRae None 1883–1888
  Alexander Richardson None 1887–1890  
    Horace Sholl None 1888
    Septimus Burt None 1888–1890

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Legislative Council (37 Vict. No. 22), Western Australian Numbered Acts, AustLII. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  2. ^ Legislative Council (46 Vict. No. 24), Western Australian Numbered Acts, AustLII. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  3. ^ Legislative Council (50 Vict. No. 10), Western Australian Numbered Acts, AustLII. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  4. ^ The Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook (Twenty-Third Edition) Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine, p. 370.