Results of the 1917 Western Australian state election

Western Australian state election, 29 September 1917
Legislative Assembly

Enrolled voters 138,115[1]
Votes cast 85,620 Turnout 61.99% +4.67%
Informal votes 1,447 Informal 1.69% +0.50%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 20,867 24.79% 15 + 1
  Nationalist 18,087 21.49% 8 + 3
  National Liberal 11,242 13.36% 8 – 3
  Country 15,560 18.49% 12 + 1
  National Labor 13,186 15.67% 6 – 3
  Independent Labor WA 2,490 2.96% 1 + 1
  Independent 2,709 3.22% 0 ± 0
Total 84,173     50  

This is a list of the results of the 1917 state election in Western Australia, listed by electoral district.

Results by electoral districtEdit

AlbanyEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Albany
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Labor John Scaddan 793 26.9 +26.9
Labor Francis Knowles 760 25.8 –25.2
Nationalist Herbert Robinson 722 24.5 +24.5
National Country Ernest McKenzie 376 12.8 +12.8
National Country Stephen Johnson 298 10.1 +10.1
Total formal votes 2,949 98.8 –0.5
Informal votes 35 1.2 +0.5
Turnout 2,984 73.7 +7.5
Two-party-preferred result
Nationalist Herbert Robinson 1,645 55.8 +55.8
National Labor John Scaddan 1,304 44.2 +44.2
Nationalist gain from Labor Swing +55.8

AvonEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Avon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Patrick Coffey 843 37.7 –8.0
National Country Thomas Harrison 789 35.3 –19.0
Nationalist Thomas Duff 314 14.1 +14.1
Country William Carroll 288 12.9 +12.9
Total formal votes 2,234 97.0 –2.7
Informal votes 68 3.0 +2.7
Turnout 2,302 58.1 +0.3
Two-party-preferred result
National Country Thomas Harrison 1,228 55.0 +0.7
Labor Patrick Coffey 1,006 45.0 –0.7
National Country hold Swing +0.7
  • Harrison's designation at the 1914 election was simply "Country", rather than "National Country".

BeverleyEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Beverley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Frank Broun 548 56.7 +56.7
Country Henry Stanistreet 418 43.3 –17.1
Total formal votes 966 99.7 +1.0
Informal votes 3 0.3 –1.0
Turnout 969 50.6 –6.3
Nationalist gain from Country Swing +56.7

BoulderEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Boulder
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Philip Collier 2,013 58.4 –41.6
National Labor James Reed 1,435 41.6 +41.6
Total formal votes 3,448 99.7 n/a
Informal votes 12 0.3 n/a
Turnout 3,460 72.0 n/a
Labor hold Swing –41.6
  • Collier won Boulder unopposed at the 1914 election.

Brownhill-IvanhoeEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Brownhill-Ivanhoe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor John Lutey 1,788 52.6 –0.5
National Labor John Boyland 1,613 47.4 +0.5
Total formal votes 3,401 99.6 –0.3
Informal votes 12 0.4 +0.3
Turnout 3,413 74.7 +2.7
Labor hold Swing –0.5

BunburyEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Bunbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Labor William Thomas 898 40.4 +40.4
Nationalist Griffin Money 742 33.4 +33.4
Labor Philip McKenna 583 26.2 –25.0
Total formal votes 2,223 98.3 –1.1
Informal votes 39 1.7 +1.1
Turnout 2,262 76.3 +8.3
Two-party-preferred result
Nationalist Griffin Money 1,222 55.0 +55.0
National Labor William Thomas 1,001 45.0 +45.0
Nationalist gain from National Labor Swing +0.7

CanningEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Canning
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal Robert Robinson 2,685 69.8 +16.0
Labor Donald Cameron 1,161 30.2 –16.0
Total formal votes 3,846 98.6 –1.0
Informal votes 56 1.4 +1.0
Turnout 3,902 52.6 –26.9
National Liberal hold Swing +16.0

ClaremontEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Claremont
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Samuel MacAulay 1,471 36.6 +36.6
Nationalist John Stewart 1,431 35.6 +35.6
Nationalist George Stevens 678 16.9 +16.9
Nationalist Thomas Briggs 444 11.0 +11.0
Total formal votes 4,024 98.1 –1.5
Informal votes 74 1.8 +1.5
Turnout 4,098 63.2 +8.0
Two-candidate-preferred result
Nationalist John Stewart 2,013 50.0 +50.0
Nationalist Samuel MacAulay 2,011 50.0 +50.0
Nationalist hold Swing N/A

CollieEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Collie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Arthur Wilson unopposed
Labor hold Swing

CoolgardieEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Coolgardie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor George Lambert 744 53.9 –46.1
National Labor Albert Pascoe 455 33.0 +33.0
National Labor Samuel Scotson 182 13.2 +13.2
Total formal votes 1,381 98.0 n/a
Informal votes 28 2.0 n/a
Turnout 1,409 71.9 n/a
Labor hold Swing –46.1
  • The previous Labor candidate, Charles McDowall, had been elected unopposed in 1914.

CueEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Cue
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Thomas Chesson unopposed
Labor hold Swing

East PerthEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: East Perth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Jack Simons 1,435 41.0 –18.0
National Liberal John Hardwick 696 19.9 +2.3
Nationalist Alfred Sims 558 16.0 +16.0
National Labor Thomas Dunne 438 12.5 +12.5
Democratic John Powell 370 10.6 +10.6
Total formal votes 3,497 96.3 –1.8
Informal votes 135 3.7 +1.8
Turnout 3,632 59.9 +10.0
Two-party-preferred result
National Liberal John Hardwick 1,796 51.4 –1.3
Labor Jack Simons 1,701 48.6 +1.3
National Liberal hold Swing –1.3

ForrestEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Forrest
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Peter O'Loghlen unopposed
Labor hold Swing

FremantleEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Fremantle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Walter Jones 1,654 58.2 +4.4
National Labor William Carpenter 1,189 41.8 +41.8
Total formal votes 2,843 99.7 +2.4
Informal votes 9 0.3 –2.4
Turnout 2,852 65.0 +6.4
Labor gain from National Labor Swing N/A

GascoyneEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Gascoyne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Edward Angelo 313 65.2 +65.2
National Liberal Archibald Gilchrist 167 34.8 –24.9
Total formal votes 480 100.0 +0.4
Informal votes 0 0.0 –0.4
Turnout 480 53.3 –10.1
Nationalist gain from National Liberal Swing +65.2
  • Gilchrist's designation at the 1914 election was simply "Liberal", rather than "National Liberal".

GeraldtonEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Geraldton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor John Willcock 904 47.6 –1.6
Nationalist Samuel Elliott 596 31.4 –19.4
Nationalist William Fallowfield 399 21.0 +21.0
Total formal votes 1,899 97.9 –1.1
Informal votes 40 2.1 +1.1
Turnout 1,939 75.7 n/a
Two-party-preferred result
Labor John Willcock 965 50.8 +1.6
Nationalist Samuel Elliott 934 49.2 –1.6
Labor gain from Nationalist Swing +1.6

GreenoughEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Greenough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Patrick Moy 499 33.8 +33.8
National Country John Cunningham 390 26.4 –50.6
National Country Henry Maley 347 23.5 +23.5
Nationalist Sydney Hosken 242 16.4 +16.4
Total formal votes 1,478 96.9 –1.9
Informal votes 48 3.1 +1.9
Turnout 1,526 61.1 +24.2
Two-party-preferred result
National Country Henry Maley 854 57.8 +57.8
Labor Patrick Moy 624 42.2 +42.2
National Country hold Swing N/A

GuildfordEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Guildford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor William Johnson 2,055 43.1 –26.4
National Labor Joseph Davies 1,522 32.0 +32.0
Nationalist George Hiscox 539 11.3 +11.3
Nationalist William Crosbie 397 8.3 +8.3
Nationalist Ernest Kerruish 251 5.3 +5.3
Total formal votes 4,764 97.9 –1.1
Informal votes 104 2.1 +1.1
Turnout 4,868 65.8 +11.0
Two-party-preferred result
National Labor Joseph Davies 2,639 55.4 +55.4
Labor William Johnson 2,125 44.6 –24.9
National Labor gain from Labor Swing +55.4

HannansEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Hannans
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Selby Munsie 856 59.8 –40.2
National Labor Walter Close 520 36.3 +36.3
Nationalist Richard Jordan 56 3.9 +3.9
Total formal votes 1,432 97.7 n/a
Informal votes 34 2.3 n/a
Turnout 1,466 67.9 n/a
Labor hold Swing –40.2

IrwinEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Collie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Country James Gardiner unopposed
National Country hold Swing

KalgoorlieEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Kalgoorlie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Albert Green 1,902 50.5 –49.5
Nationalist Charles Heppingstone 734 19.5 +19.5
National Labor Harold Seddon 626 16.6 +16.6
Nationalist Henry Davidson 501 13.3 +13.3
Total formal votes 3,763 98.5 n/a
Informal votes 59 1.5 n/a
Turnout 3,822 66.6 n/a
Labor hold Swing –49.5

KanownaEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Kanowna
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Thomas Walker 598 58.1 –41.9
National Labor John Eastmon 363 35.3 +35.3
Nationalist John Keegan 68 6.6 +6.6
Total formal votes 1,029 97.1 n/a
Informal votes 31 2.9 n/a
Turnout 1,060 53.4 n/a
Labor hold Swing –41.9

KatanningEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Kanowna
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Country Alec Thomson 1,383 66.3 +10.4
National Country Alfred Fisher 518 24.8 +24.8
National Country James Crawford 184 8.8 +8.8
Total formal votes 2,085 97.7 –2.2
Informal votes 49 2.3 +2.2
Turnout 2,134 62.0 +8.6
National Country hold Swing N/A

KimberleyEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Kimberley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Michael Durack 511 72.5 +72.5
Labor James Maloney 128 18.2 +18.2
Independent Labor John Cameron 35 5.0 +5.0
Nationalist William Hollingsworth 31 4.4 +4.4
Total formal votes 705 97.2 n/a
Informal votes 20 2.8 n/a
Turnout 725 52.3 n/a
Nationalist hold Swing N/A

LeedervilleEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Leederville
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal John Veryard 2,129 55.2 +55.2
Nationalist Sidney Gibson 1,726 44.8 +44.8
Total formal votes 3,855 99.1 +0.8
Informal votes 33 0.9 –0.8
Turnout 3,888 49.9 –7.1
National Liberal hold Swing N/A
  • Veryard's designation at the 1914 election was simply "Liberal", rather than "National Liberal".

MenziesEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Menzies
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Labor John Mullany 490 62.4 –6.8
Labor Harold Saunders 295 37.6 +37.6
Total formal votes 785 98.9 –0.3
Informal votes 9 1.1 +0.3
Turnout 794 76.5 +11.6
National Labor hold Swing N/A
  • Mullany had run for Labor at the 1914 election.

MooreEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Moore
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal Sir Henry Lefroy unopposed
National Liberal hold Swing

Mount LeonoraEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Mount Leonora
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Labor George Foley 598 61.5 –38.5
Labor Frederick Madden 375 38.5 +38.5
Total formal votes 973 99.7 n/a
Informal votes 3 0.3 n/a
Turnout 976 83.9 n/a
National Labor hold Swing N/A
  • Foley had run for Labor at the 1914 election, and was elected unopposed.

Mount MagnetEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Mount Magnet
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Frank Troy unopposed
Labor hold Swing

Mount MargaretEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Mount Margaret
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Labor George Taylor 513 63.3 –36.7
Labor George McLeod 298 36.7 +36.7
Total formal votes 811 99.1 n/a
Informal votes 7 0.9 n/a
Turnout 818 75.2 n/a
National Labor hold Swing –36.7
  • Taylor had been elected unopposed at the 1914 election.

MurchisonEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Murchison
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor John Holman 562 63.9 –36.1
National Labor William Spiers 318 36.1 +36.1
Total formal votes 880 99.3 n/a
Informal votes 6 0.7 n/a
Turnout 886 58.3 n/a
Labor hold Swing –36.1

Murray-WellingtonEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Murray-Wellington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal William George 931 60.0 –11.5
National Country Kingsley Fairbridge 621 40.0 +40.0
Total formal votes 1,552 99.5 –0.1
Informal votes 7 0.5 +0.1
Turnout 1,559 65.3 +0.8
National Liberal hold Swing –11.5

NelsonEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Nelson
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Country Francis Willmott 1,104 53.1 –1.1
Independent Labor John Henry Smith 974 46.9 +46.9
Total formal votes 2,078 99.5 +0.1
Informal votes 10 0.5 –0.1
Turnout 2,088 64.7 –3.9
National Country hold Swing –1.1
  • Willmott's designation at the 1914 election was simply "Country", rather than "National Country".

NorthamEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Northam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal James Mitchell unopposed
National Liberal hold Swing

North-East FremantleEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: North-East Fremantle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor William Angwin unopposed
Labor hold Swing

North PerthEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: North Perth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal James MacCallum Smith 1,690 61.3 +22.3
Independent Richard White 1,069 38.7 +38.7
Total formal votes 2,759 97.9 +2.0
Informal votes 58 2.1 –2.0
Turnout 2,817 48.5 –8.6
National Liberal hold Swing N/A
  • Smith's designation at the 1914 election was simply "Liberal", rather than "National Liberal".

PerthEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Perth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Robert Pilkington 1,589 56.6 +7.8
Labor Edmund Dunn 929 33.1 +33.1
Nationalist Henry Mills 291 10.4 +10.4
Total formal votes 2,809 96.6 –0.9
Informal votes 99 3.4 +0.9
Turnout 2,908 54.4 +1.9
Nationalist hold Swing N/A

PilbaraEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Pilbara
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Labor Henry Underwood unopposed
National Labor hold Swing

PingellyEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Pingelly
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Richard Johnson 488 34.3 +34.3
National Country Henry Hickmott 484 33.3 –24.2
National Country Francis Wake 253 17.8 +17.8
National Country William Martin 157 11.0 +11.0
National Country Thomas James 52 3.7 +3.7
Total formal votes 1,424 96.4 –1.5
Informal votes 53 3.6 +1.5
Turnout 1,477 61.8 +4.6
Two-party-preferred result
National Country Henry Hickmott 825 57.9 +0.4
Nationalist Richard Johnson 599 42.1 +42.1
National Country hold Swing +0.4

RoebourneEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Roebourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Frederick Teesdale 271 77.9 +77.9
Labor John Haughey 77 22.1 –25.1
Total formal votes 348 99.7 +1.4
Informal votes 1 0.3 –1.4
Turnout 349 48.7 n/a
Nationalist hold Swing N/A

South FremantleEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: South Fremantle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Labor Samuel Rocke 1,481 50.1 +50.1
National Labor Harry Bolton 1,475 49.9 –5.9
Total formal votes 2,956 98.5 –1.1
Informal votes 45 1.5 +1.1
Turnout 3,001 65.3 –0.3
Independent Labor gain from National Labor Swing +50.1

SubiacoEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Subiaco
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Bartholomew Stubbs unopposed
Labor hold Swing

SussexEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Sussex
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Country William Pickering 607 50.2 +34.0
National Liberal Frank Wilson 603 49.8 +6.4
Total formal votes 1,210 99.3 +1.3
Informal votes 9 0.7 –1.3
Turnout 1,219 69.1 +2.5
National Country gain from National Liberal Swing N/A

SwanEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Swan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal William Nairn 1,004 53.4 +12.3
Nationalist Thomas Ilbery 876 46.6 +32.0
Total formal votes 1,880 99.5 +1.1
Informal votes 10 0.5 –1.1
Turnout 1,890 58.0 –9.5
National Liberal hold Swing –0.1
  • Nairn's designation at the 1914 election was simply "Liberal", rather than "National Liberal".

ToodyayEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Toodyay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Country Alfred Piesse 747 41.1 –58.9
Country Sinclair McGibbon 564 31.0 +31.0
Nationalist Ivan Royal 277 15.2 +15.2
National Country Henry Clarkson 231 12.7 +12.7
Total formal votes 1,819 97.7 n/a
Informal votes 43 2.3 n/a
Turnout 1,862 55.6 n/a
Two-party-preferred result
National Country Alfred Piesse 1,070 58.8 –41.2
Country Sinclair McGibbon 749 41.2 +41.2
National Country hold Swing –41.2
  • Piesse's designation at the 1914 election was simply "Country", rather than "National Country".

WaginEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Wagin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Country Sydney Stubbs 995 51.6 –1.5
National Country Ernest Absolon 808 41.9 –5.1
National Country Charles Keyser 125 6.5 +6.5
Total formal votes 1,928 99.0 –0.4
Informal votes 20 1.0 +0.4
Turnout 1,948 69.9 +3.3
National Country hold Swing N/A

West PerthEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: West Perth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Thomas Draper 1,525 53.3 +53.3
National Liberal Ebenezer Allen 1,159 40.5 –23.1
National Liberal Joseph East 178 6.2 +6.2
Total formal votes 2,862 95.4 –4.3
Informal votes 139 4.6 +4.3
Turnout 3,001 61.3 +13.0
Nationalist hold Swing N/A

Williams-NarroginEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Williams-Narrogin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Country Bertie Johnston 1,703 79.0 –21.0
National Country William Rabbish 454 21.0 +21.0
Total formal votes 2,157 99.4 n/a
Informal votes 14 0.6 n/a
Turnout 2,171 61.1 n/a
National Country hold Swing –21.0

YilgarnEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: Yilgarn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Alick McCallum 430 38.4 +38.4
National Labor Charles Hudson 384 34.3 –26.2
Nationalist Archibald McIntyre 244 21.8 –17.6
Nationalist John Dunstan 62 5.5 +5.5
Total formal votes 1,120 98.6 –0.4
Informal votes 16 1.4 +0.4
Turnout 1,136 73.5 +9.3
Two-party-preferred result
National Labor Charles Hudson 631 56.3 –4.3
Labor Alick McCallum 489 43.7 +43.7
National Labor hold Swing N/A

YorkEdit

1917 Western Australian state election: York
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Country Harry Griffiths 852 56.1 –1.5
National Country Frederick Monger 668 43.9 +1.5
Total formal votes 1,520 99.4 –0.2
Informal votes 9 0.6 +0.2
Turnout 1,529 53.7 +3.4
National Country hold Swing –1.5

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN 0730984095.