1909 Bulloo state by-election

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The Bulloo state by-election, 1909 was a by-election held on 27 March 1909 for the Queensland Legislative Assembly seat of Bulloo, based in the remote south western part of the state.

The by-election was triggered by the death of Ministerial member John Leahy on 20 January 1909. Leahy had held the seat since 1893, five years after its creation. He was a minister in the First Philp Ministry from 1901 until 1903, and at the time of his death was the Legislative Assembly.[1]

The seat included the towns of Thargomindah, Birdsville, Eromanga, Eulo, Hungerford and Windorah.[2]

Timeline[edit]

Date Event
20 January 1909 John Leahy died, vacating the seat of Bulloo.
12 February 1909 Writs were issued by the Governor of Queensland to proceed with a by-election.[3]
12 March 1909 Close of nominations and draw of ballot papers.
27 March 1909 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
17 April 1909 The writ was returned and the results formally declared.

Results[edit]

Frank Allen won the seat for the Labour Party.

Bulloo state by-election, 1909[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Frank Allen 358 56.28 +15.66
Ministerial John Cordner 278 43.71 –15.66
Total formal votes 636 99.69 +1.51
Informal votes 2 0.31 –1.51
Turnout 638 73.67 +6.64
Labor gain from Ministerial Swing +15.66

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alphabetical register of Members of the Legislative Assembly, 1860–2009" (PDF). 12 January 2009. p. 248. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Untitled". Queensland Government Gazette. July 1909. p. 93:554.
  3. ^ "Untitled". Queensland Government Gazette. 12 February 1909. p. 92:?.
  4. ^ Hughes, Colin A.; Graham, B. D. (1976). Voting for the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 1890-1964. Canberra: Australian National University. p. 77. ISBN 0-7081-0301-4.