Results of the 1939 Western Australian state election (Legislative Assembly)

Western Australian state election, 18 March 1939
Legislative Assembly
<< 19361943 >>

Enrolled voters 228,563[1]
Votes cast 209,331 Turnout 91.59% +21.46%
Informal votes 3,660 Informal 1.75% +0.63%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 92,585 45.02% +2.63% 27 + 1
  Nationalist 49,307 23.97% –8.39% 7 – 1
  Country 24,681 12.00% –2.60% 12 – 1
  Ind. Nat. 13,977 6.80% +4.26% 2 + 1
  Communist 308 0.15% +0.06% 0 ± 0
  Independent 24,813 12.06% +5.07% 2 ± 0
Total 205,671     50  

This is a list of electoral district results of the 1939 Western Australian election.

Results by Electoral districtEdit

AlbanyEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Albany[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country Leonard Hill 1,854 46.1 +8.2
Labor Arthur Wansbrough 1,711 42.5 +3.8
Ind. Nationalist Charles Hammond 374 9.3 +9.3
Independent James Bolitho 84 2.1 +2.1
Total formal votes 4,023 97.9 -1.3
Informal votes 85 2.1 +1.3
Turnout 4,108 90.2 +14.3
Two-party-preferred result
Country Leonard Hill 2,203 54.8 -2.8
Labor Arthur Wansbrough 1,820 45.2 +2.8
Country hold Swing -2.8

AvonEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Avon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country Ignatius Boyle 1,972 57.7 +4.8
Independent Country John Tankard 1,445 42.3 +42.3
Total formal votes 3,417 97.5 -0.5
Informal votes 89 2.5 +0.5
Turnout 3,506 93.5 +25.9
Country hold Swing N/A

BeverleyEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Beverley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country James Mann unopposed
Country hold Swing

BoulderEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Boulder
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Philip Collier 2,039 61.6 -38.4
Independent Walter Coath 961 29.1 +29.1
Communist Wilfred Mountjoy 308 9.3 +9.3
Total formal votes 3,308 98.2
Informal votes 62 1.8
Turnout 3,370 95.1
Labor hold Swing N/A
  • Preferences were not distributed.

Brown Hill-IvanhoeEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Brown Hill-Ivanhoe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Frederick Smith 2,156 71.3 -28.7
Nationalist Wesley Moore 868 28.7 +28.7
Total formal votes 3,024 98.7
Informal votes 41 1.3
Turnout 3,065 92.4
Labor hold Swing N/A

BunburyEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Bunbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Frederick Withers 2,637 53.9 -6.3
Country Jasper Norton 1,279 26.2 +26.2
Nationalist Vincent Donaldson 973 19.9 -19.9
Total formal votes 4,889 98.4 -0.5
Informal votes 79 1.6 +0.5
Turnout 4,968 94.2 +22.4
Labor hold Swing N/A

CanningEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Canning
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Charles Cross 4,692 45.0 -3.6
Nationalist Frederick Aberle 3,511 33.6 +10.5
Independent Carlyle Ferguson 2,230 21.4 +10.7
Total formal votes 10,433 98.7 +0.5
Informal votes 140 1.3 -0.5
Turnout 10,573 92.8 +21.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Charles Cross 5,529 53.0
Nationalist Frederick Aberle 4,904 47.0
Labor hold Swing N/A

ClaremontEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Claremont
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Charles North unopposed
Nationalist hold Swing

CollieEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Collie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Arthur Wilson unopposed
Labor hold Swing

East PerthEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: East Perth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Robert Higgins 3,011 46.2 +9.4
Independent Thomas Hughes 2,994 45.9 -17.3
Ind. Nationalist Herbert Wells 511 7.8 +7.8
Total formal votes 6,516 98.4 -0.7
Informal votes 108 1.6 +0.7
Turnout 6,624 86.8 +15.8
Two-candidate-preferred result
Independent Thomas Hughes 3,408 52.3 -10.9
Labor Robert Higgins 3,108 47.7 +10.9
Independent hold Swing -10.9

ForrestEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Forrest
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor May Holman 2,318 66.6 -33.4
Nationalist Percy Rettallack 1,161 33.4 +33.4
Total formal votes 3,479 99.0
Informal votes 36 1.0
Turnout 3,515 89.0
Labor hold Swing N/A

FremantleEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Fremantle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Joseph Sleeman 5,288 68.1 -5.9
Nationalist James Wilson 2,472 31.9 +5.9
Total formal votes 7,760 98.0 -0.7
Informal votes 158 2.0 +0.7
Turnout 7,918 95.8 +34.2
Labor hold Swing -5.9

GascoyneEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Gascoyne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Frank Wise unopposed
Labor hold Swing

GeraldtonEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Geraldton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor John Willcock 2,075 55.0 -5.6
Country Alfred Culewis 1,389 36.8 -2.6
Nationalist Patrick Lynch 309 8.2 +8.2
Total formal votes 3,773 99.1 -0.3
Informal votes 33 0.9 +0.3
Turnout 3,806 93.5 +13.1
Labor hold Swing N/A

GreenoughEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Greenough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country William Patrick unopposed
Country hold Swing

Guildford-MidlandEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Guildford-Midland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor William Johnson 3,797 64.9 -35.1
Independent Joseph Batkin 2,054 35.1 +35.1
Total formal votes 5,851 98.2
Informal votes 109 1.8
Turnout 5,960 93.5
Labor hold Swing N/A

HannansEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Hannans
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor David Leahy 1,708 61.7 -38.3
Nationalist Keith Burton 1,060 38.3 +38.3
Total formal votes 2,768 97.8
Informal votes 61 2.2
Turnout 2,829 94.6
Labor hold Swing N/A

Irwin-MooreEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Irwin-Moore
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Claude Barker 1,648 55.0 +55.0
Country Percy Ferguson 1,349 45.0 -26.4
Total formal votes 2,997 99.0 +0.1
Informal votes 30 1.0 -0.1
Turnout 3,027 88.6 +24.0
Independent gain from Country Swing N/A

KalgoorlieEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Kalgoorlie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Herbert Styants 2,676 66.0 +20.2
Nationalist Harold Kingsbury 1,380 34.0 +34.0
Total formal votes 4,056 98.7 0.0
Informal votes 52 1.3 0.0
Turnout 4,108 92.8 +35.2
Labor hold Swing N/A

KanownaEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Kanowna
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Emil Nulsen unopposed
Labor hold Swing

KatanningEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Katanning
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country Arthur Watts 3,259 69.5 +16.2
Independent Walter Bird 1,433 30.5 +30.5
Total formal votes 4,692 98.3 -0.6
Informal votes 79 1.7 +0.6
Turnout 4,771 91.5 +17.1
Country hold Swing N/A

KimberleyEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Kimberley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Aubrey Coverley unopposed
Labor hold Swing

LeedervilleEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Leederville
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Alexander Panton 4,694 51.9 -16.1
Nationalist Walter Goodlet 3,362 37.2 +37.2
Independent James Kelly 991 10.9 +10.9
Total formal votes 9,047 98.3 +0.1
Informal votes 153 1.7 -0.1
Turnout 9,200 95.6 +13.6
Labor hold Swing N/A

MaylandsEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Maylands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ind. Nationalist Harry Shearn 4,966 64.2 +35.2
Labor Robert Hartley 2,764 35.8 -3.6
Total formal votes 7,730 98.6 -0.5
Informal votes 112 1.4 +0.5
Turnout 7,842 91.7 +17.6
Ind. Nationalist hold Swing +8.1

Middle SwanEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Middle Swan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor James Hegney 4,311 52.0 -6.8
Nationalist Karl Drake-Brockman 3,979 48.0 +6.8
Total formal votes 8,290 97.4 -1.3
Informal votes 220 2.6 +1.3
Turnout 8,510 88.6 +26.2
Labor hold Swing -6.8

Mount HawthornEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Mount Hawthorn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Harry Millington 5,100 58.6 +4.6
Nationalist Guildford Clarke 3,607 41.4 -4.6
Total formal votes 8,707 97.9 -1.2
Informal votes 182 2.1 +1.2
Turnout 8,889 93.6 +20.7
Labor hold Swing +4.6

Mount MagnetEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Mount Magnet
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Lucien Triat 1,548 55.0 -45.0
Country Peter Cassey 839 29.8 +29.8
Independent Arthur Cooper 429 15.2 +15.2
Total formal votes 2,816 97.3
Informal votes 79 2.7
Turnout 2,895 81.7
Labor hold Swing N/A

Mount MarshallEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Mount Marshall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country Frederick Warner 1,919 54.4 -19.2
Independent Country Leonard Hamilton 1,608 45.6 +45.6
Total formal votes 3,527 98.6 -0.8
Informal votes 50 1.4 +0.8
Turnout 3,577 90.3 +28.1
Country hold Swing N/A

MurchisonEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Murchison
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor William Marshall 2,959 81.9 -18.1
Independent Labor John Montgomery 655 18.1 +18.1
Total formal votes 3,614 97.3
Informal votes 99 2.7
Turnout 3,713 76.8
Labor hold Swing N/A

Murray-WellingtonEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Murray-Wellington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Ross McLarty unopposed
Nationalist hold Swing

NedlandsEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Nedlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Norbert Keenan 5,102 48.0 -11.1
Labor Dorothy Tangney 3,267 30.7 -10.2
Ind. Nationalist Albert Crooks 2,262 21.3 +21.3
Total formal votes 10,631 98.2 -1.2
Informal votes 198 1.8 +1.2
Turnout 10,829 92.8 +24.0
Two-party-preferred result
Nationalist Norbert Keenan 7,025 66.1 +7.0
Labor Dorothy Tangney 3,606 33.9 -7.0
Nationalist hold Swing +7.0

NelsonEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Nelson
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Roy Pearce[2] 1,527 29.2 +5.0
Nationalist John Smith 1,278 24.5 -13.1
Independent Clarence Doust 1,119 21.4 -16.8
Country William Scott 822 15.7 +15.7
Ind. Nationalist Guy Thomson 479 9.2 +9.2
Total formal votes 5,225 97.6 -1.4
Informal votes 128 2.4 +1.4
Turnout 5,353 92.4 +14.4
Two-party-preferred result
Nationalist John Smith 2,737 52.4 +9.5
Labor Roy Pearce 2,488 47.6 +47.6
Nationalist gain from Independent Swing N/A

North PerthEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: North Perth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ind. Nationalist Arthur Abbott 2,493 43.4 +43.4
Labor Edward Holman 1,879 32.7 +2.0
Nationalist James MacCallum Smith 1,368 23.8 -8.9
Total formal votes 5,740 98.6 -0.4
Informal votes 79 1.4 +0.4
Turnout 5,819 91.1 +15.3
Two-candidate-preferred result
Ind. Nationalist Arthur Abbott 3,593 62.6 +62.6
Labor Edward Holman 2,147 37.4 -4.2
Ind. Nationalist gain from Nationalist Swing N/A

North-East FremantleEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: North-East Fremantle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor John Tonkin 3,764 55.6 +2.8
Nationalist George James 3,006 44.4 -2.8
Total formal votes 6,770 98.5 -0.4
Informal votes 105 1.5 +0.4
Turnout 6,875 96.3 +19.9
Labor hold Swing +2.8

NorthamEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Northam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Albert Hawke 2,670 62.8 -1.5
Nationalist John Safe 1,579 37.2 +1.5
Total formal votes 4,249 98.8 -0.4
Informal votes 53 1.2 +0.4
Turnout 4,302 93.6 +7.8
Labor hold Swing -1.5

PerthEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Perth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Ted Needham 3,402 49.2 -4.7
Nationalist Donald Cleland 2,078 30.0 +30.0
Nationalist Harry Mann 1,435 20.7 -9.1
Total formal votes 6,915 98.2 +0.1
Informal votes 127 1.8 -0.1
Turnout 7,042 83.7 +15.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Ted Needham 3,654 52.8
Nationalist Donald Cleland 3,261 47.2
Labor hold Swing N/A

PilbaraEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Pilbara
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Bill Hegney 431 52.6 +12.0
Nationalist Frank Welsh 388 47.4 -12.0
Total formal votes 819 99.1 -0.1
Informal votes 7 0.9 +0.1
Turnout 826 85.8 +2.0
Labor gain from Nationalist Swing +12.0

PingellyEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Pingelly
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country Harrie Seward unopposed
Country hold Swing

RoebourneEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Roebourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Alec Rodoreda 355 62.1 -37.9
Nationalist Alexander Angelo 217 37.9 +37.9
Total formal votes 572 99.6
Informal votes 2 0.4
Turnout 574 84.8
Labor hold Swing N/A

South FremantleEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: South Fremantle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Thomas Fox 4,425 62.4 -5.7
Nationalist Ashbury Gartrell 2,065 29.1 +29.1
Independent Arthur Ambrose 605 8.5 +8.5
Total formal votes 7,095 97.4 -1.5
Informal votes 189 2.6 +1.5
Turnout 7,284 95.9 +35.8
Labor hold Swing N/A

SubiacoEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Subiaco
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Florence Cardell-Oliver 2,963 40.2 +16.3
Labor William Lonnie 2,714 36.9 -1.6
Ind. Nationalist Walter Richardson 1,686 22.9 -0.2
Total formal votes 7,363 98.9 -0.3
Informal votes 80 1.1 +0.3
Turnout 7,443 95.1 +14.5
Two-party-preferred result
Nationalist Florence Cardell-Oliver 4,272 58.0 +2.2
Labor William Lonnie 3,091 42.0 -2.2
Nationalist hold Swing +2.2

SussexEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Sussex
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist William Willmott 1,445 41.6 -28.5
Labor Albert Morgan 994 28.5 +28.5
Country Robert Falkingham 689 19.7 +19.7
Independent Country William Morris 355 10.2 +10.2
Total formal votes 3,493 98.6 -0.1
Informal votes 50 1.4 +0.1
Turnout 3,543 95.6 +11.2
Two-party-preferred result
Nationalist William Willmott 2,189 62.7
Labor Albert Morgan 1,304 37.3
Nationalist hold Swing N/A

SwanEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Swan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country Richard Sampson 2,447 45.9 -54.1
Labor Harold Larwood 1,676 31.5 +31.5
Ind. Nationalist George North 1,206 22.6 +22.6
Total formal votes 5,329 97.9
Informal votes 115 2.1
Turnout 5,444 89.6
Two-party-preferred result
Country Richard Sampson 3,306 62.0 -38.0
Labor Harold Larwood 2,023 38.0 +38.0
Country hold Swing N/A

ToodyayEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Toodyay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country Lindsay Thorn unopposed
Country hold Swing

Victoria ParkEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Victoria Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Howard Raphael 5,538 68.0 -3.8
Independent James Milligan 2,604 32.0 +32.0
Total formal votes 8,142 98.5 -0.4
Informal votes 127 1.5 +0.4
Turnout 8,269 93.6 +20.8
Labor hold Swing N/A

WaginEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Wagin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country Sydney Stubbs 2,489 66.6 -34.4
Independent Jack Eckersley 921 24.7 +24.7
Independent Alfred Fisher 194 5.2 +5.2
Independent Country Eugene Smalpage 132 3.5 +3.5
Total formal votes 3,736 98.6
Informal votes 52 1.4
Turnout 3,788 91.0
Country hold Swing N/A

West PerthEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: West Perth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Robert McDonald 3,691 62.8 +7.8
Labor Roy Nevile 2,183 37.2 -7.8
Total formal votes 5,874 97.9 -1.2
Informal votes 126 2.1 +1.2
Turnout 6,000 89.4 +20.0
Nationalist hold Swing +7.8

Williams-NarroginEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Williams-Narrogin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country Victor Doney 2,009 70.2 -29.8
Labor Harry Hyde 854 29.8 +29.8
Total formal votes 2,863 99.1
Informal votes 25 0.9
Turnout 2,888 89.5
Country hold Swing N/A

Yilgarn-CoolgardieEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: Yilgarn-Coolgardie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor George Lambert 1,422 42.5 -11.5
Independent Labor Lionel Kelly 728 21.8 +21.8
Country Arthur Richards 648 19.4 +19.4
Independent Daniel O'Leary 549 16.4 +16.4
Total formal votes 3,347 96.5 -2.2
Informal votes 123 3.5 +2.2
Turnout 3,470 88.5 +30.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor George Lambert 1,849 55.2 +1.2
Country Arthur Richards 1,498 44.8 +44.8
Labor hold Swing +1.2

YorkEdit

1939 Western Australian state election: York
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country Charles Latham 1,717 61.5 -5.8
Independent John Keast 1,074 38.5 +5.8
Total formal votes 2,791 99.4 +0.2
Informal votes 17 0.6 -0.2
Turnout 2,808 92.0 +14.9
Country hold Swing -5.8

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Prescott, David Black with the assistance of 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.
  2. ^ ""A GRANDSON OF DEMOCRACY"". Westralian Worker (1683). Western Australia. 7 February 1941. p. 1. Retrieved 16 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.