Tasmanian state election, 1912
general election for the House of Assembly was held in the Australian state of Tasmania on 30 April 1912 (a Tuesday, as the convention of holding elections on a Saturday did not become common until the 1920s).
Background [ edit ]
Premier was Sir Elliott Lewis, who had won a seat in Denison as an Anti-Socialist in the 1909 election. Urged by his predecessor, John Earle, to organise against the Labour Party, Sir Elliott supported the formation of the Tasmanian Liberal League (not directly related to the modern Liberal Party of Australia which was founded in 1944). The Liberal Party would later regroup to contest the [1 ] 1919 election as the Nationalist Party. [2 ]
Key dates [ edit ]
23 March 1912
New electoral rolls came into force.
4 April 1912
The Parliament was dissolved.
30 April 1912
Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
14 June 1912
The Lewis Ministry was reconstituted.
2 July 1912
Parliament was summoned for business.
Results [ edit ]
Tasmanian state election, 30 April 1912
House of Assembly << 1909 — 1913 >>
Enrolled Voters 103,513
Votes Cast 76,052
Informal Votes 2,166
Summary of votes by party
16 – 2
Distribution of Seats [ edit ]
Aftermath [ edit ]
The Liberal Party won the election, with a two seat majority after Labour gained two seats. Despite leading the Liberals to victory,
Elliott Lewis was criticised internally within the party, and resigned the leadership to Albert Solomon on 14 June the same year. [1 ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b Scott Bennett, ' Lewis, Sir Neil Elliott (1858 - 1935)', , Volume 10, Melbourne University Press, 1986, pp 94-95. Australian Dictionary of Biography
^ Moon, Jeremy; Campbell Sharman (2003). Australian Politics and Government: The Commonwealth, the States, and the Territories. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-53205-1.
^ "Electoral Act 1907: A Proclamation", Tasmanian Government Gazette, 1912:876 (23 March 1912)
^ "Dissolution of the House of Assembly", Tasmanian Government Gazette, 1912:929A (4 April 1912)
^ "Parliament of Tasmania: A Proclamation", Tasmanian Government Gazette, 1912:1372 (21 June 1912)
External links [ edit ]