Western Province (Victoria)

Western Province was an electorate of the Victorian Legislative Council (Australia), the upper house of the Parliament of Victoria.[1] Victoria was a colony in Australia when Western Province was created. From Federation in 1901, Victoria was a state in the Commonwealth of Australia.

Western Province
VictoriaLegislative Council
Western Province 1856.png
Western Province, 1856
StateVictoria
Created1856
Abolished2006
DemographicRural

Western Province was one of the six original upper house Provinces of the bi-cameral Victorian Parliament created in November 1856.[2]

Western Province was defined in the Victorian Constitution Act, 1855, as : "Including the Counties of Ripon, Hampden, Heytesbury, Villiers, Normanby, Dundas, and Follett."[3]

In 1882, several new Provinces were created, including Nelson Province and Wellington Province, the numbers of members elected for Western Province was reduced to three from this time.[4] Another redistribution in 1904 reduced the number of members to two.[5]

In 2006, the Western Province (along with all the other provinces in the Legislative Council) was abolished and replaced by regions. All of the area covered by Western Province is contained in the larger Western Victoria Region.[6]

Members for Western ProvinceEdit

Five members initially[3] until 1882.[4] Three from 1882 until 1904,[5] then two members from 1904 until abolition in 2006.

Member 1 Party Year Member 2 Party Member 3 Party Member 4 Party Member 5 Party
  Stephen Henty   1856   Charles Vaughan     James Palmer     Andrew Cruikshank     Daniel Tierney  
1858   Henry Miller  
1858
1859   Niel Black  
1860
1862
1864   Charles Sladen  
1864
1866   James Strachan  
1866
1868   Robert Simson  
1870   Thomas McKellar  
  William Skene   1870
1872
1874   Thomas Bromell  
1875   Samuel Wilson  
  Charles Sladen   1876
1878   William Ross  
1880   Robert Simson  
1880
1881   Thomas Cumming  
  Nathan Thornley   1882  
1884
1886
1888   Samuel Cooke  
1888   Agar Wynne  
1890
1892
1894
1896
1898
1900
1901   Walter Manifold  
1902
  Robert Ritchie   1903
1903   Alexander MacLeod  
1904  
  Edward White   1907
1910
1913
1916
  Nationalist 1917   Nationalist
1919
1922
1924   Marcus Saltau Nationalist
1925
1928
  William Williamson Independent 1931
1931   United Australia
1934
  Leonard Rodda[r] Country 1937
1940   Robert Rankin Country
1943
  Leonard Rodda Country 1943
1945
1946
  Hugh MacLeod Independent 1946
  Liberal and Country 1949   Liberal and Country
1949
  Electoral Reform 1952
1952   David Arnott Labor
  Ronald Mack Liberal and Country 1955
1958   Kenneth Gross Liberal and Country
1961
1964
  Liberal 1965   Liberal
1967
  Clive Mitchell Country 1968
1970
  Digby Crozier Liberal 1973
1976   Bruce Chamberlain Liberal
1979
1982
  Roger Hallam National 1985
1988
1992
1996
1999
  David Koch Liberal 2002   John Vogels Liberal
[r] Rodda resigned in July 1943, re-elected in October 1943

Election resultsEdit

2002 Victorian state election: Western Province
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Vogels 56,497 40.0 +32.5
Labor Lesley Jackson 54,815 38.8 +0.8
National Greg Walcott 20,142 14.3 -34.9
Greens Viola Spokes 9,823 7.0 +7.0
Total formal votes 141,277 96.8 -0.8
Informal votes 4,611 3.2 +0.8
Turnout 145,888 94.9
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal John Vogels 76,772 54.3 -4.7
Labor Lesley Jackson 64,505 45.7 +4.7
Liberal hold Swing -4.7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  2. ^ Edward Sweetman (1920). Constitutional Development of Victoria, 1851-6. Whitcombe & Tombs Limited. p. 182. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Victoria Constitution Act 1855" (PDF). Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b "The Legislative Council Act 1881". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Electoral Provinces Boundaries Act 1903". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Western Victoria Region profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 17 June 2013.

Coordinates: 38°0′S 142°30′E / 38.000°S 142.500°E / -38.000; 142.500