Electoral district of City of Melbourne

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City of Melbourne
VictoriaLegislative Council
Melbourne map 1855.jpeg
Part of City of Melbourne district, 1855
State Victoria
Created 1851
Abolished 1856
Electors 4592 (in 1851)
Demographic Urban

The Electoral district of City of Melbourne was one of the original sixteen electoral districts[1] of the old unicameral Victorian Legislative Council of 1851 to 1856; Victoria having been made a separate colony in Australia in the former year.

The Electoral district of City of Melbourne's area contained the North Melbourne and part of Jika Jika parishes, and was bound in part by Merri Creek, Moonee Ponds and Hobson's Bay.[1]

William Westgarth had been a representative in the New South Wales Legislative Council for the City of Melbourne[2] and topped the poll[3] for this new district in Victoria.

From 1856 onwards, the Victorian parliament consisted of two houses, the Victorian Legislative Council (upper house, consisting of Provinces) and the Victorian Legislative Assembly (lower house).[4]

Members[edit]

Three members initially, the election results were declared on 13 September 1851,[3] members sworn-in November 1851.[5] Six members from the expansion of the Council in 1853.[6]

Member 1 Term Member 2 Term Member 3 Term
William Westgarth Sep 1851 –
Apr 1853[r]
John O'Shanassy Sep 1851 –
Mar 1856
James Johnston Sep 1851 –
Dec 1852[r]
Member 4 Term Member 5 Term Member 6 Term
John Smith May 1853[b]
Mar 1856
Augustus Greeves Jan 1853[b]
Mar 1856
John Hodgson Aug 1853 –
Mar 1856
Henry Langlands Aug 1853 –
Oct 1853
James Murphy Aug 1853 –
Sep 1855[r]
Frederick Sargood Oct 1853 –
Mar 1856
Thomas Rae Nov 1855 –
Mar 1856

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

r = resigned
b = by-election

Greeves went on to represent the Electoral district of East Bourke in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from November 1856.[5] O'Shanassy went on to represent the Electoral district of Kilmore in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from November 1856.[5] Smith went on to represent the Electoral district of Melbourne in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from November 1856.[5] Hodgson went on to represent Central Province in the Victorian Legislative Council from November 1856.[5] Sargood went on to represent the Electoral district of St Kilda in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from November 1856.[5]

Election results[edit]

13 September 1851, first three members elected (*).[3]

Candidate Votes
William Westgarth* 1202
John O'Shanassy* 1168
James Johnston* 1128
William Nicholson 1094
John Hodgson   618
Augustus Greeves   257
George Ward Cole   219
Total 4592

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Victorian Electoral Act" (PDF). New South Wales Government. p. 2386. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mr William WESTGARTH (1815 - 1889)". Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "The City Election. Declaration of the Poll". The Argus. Trove. 15 September 1851. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Sweetman, Edward (1920). Constitutional Development of Victoria, 1851-6. Whitcombe & Tombs Limited. p. 182. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Sweetman, p.108

Coordinates: 37°48′49″S 144°57′47″E / 37.81361°S 144.96306°E / -37.81361; 144.96306