Electoral district of East Moreton (Queensland)

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East Moreton
QueenslandLegislative Assembly
State Queensland
Created 1860
Abolished 1878
Namesake Moreton Bay

East Moreton was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland from 1860 to 1878, also known as Moreton from 1874 to 1878.[1]

The district took in the south-east corner of the state, south of Brisbane and Ipswich. It was a dual member electorate from 1860 to 1873 and a single member electorate from 1873 to 1878.


Dual member electorate (1860–1873)
Member 1 Party Term Member 2 Party Term
  George Edmondstone Unaligned 1860–1867   Henry Buckley Unaligned 1860–1860
  Thomas Warry Unaligned 1860–1863
  William Brookes Unaligned 1863–1863
  Robert Cribb Unaligned 1863–1867
  Arthur Francis Unaligned 1867–1870   James Garrick Unaligned 1867–1868
  John Douglas Unaligned 1868–1868
  Henry Jordan Unaligned 1868–1871
  Robert Travers Atkin Unaligned 1870–1872
  William Hemmant Unaligned 1871–1873
  Samuel Griffith Unaligned 1872–1873
  William Fryar Unaligned 1873–1877
Single member electorate
  James Garrick Unaligned 1877–1878

By-election in February 1870[edit]

On 17 February 1870, Arthur Francis, member for East Moreton, resigned due to insolvency, and a by-election was called. On the nomination day, 19 February 1870, there were two candidates Robert Travers Atkin and Robert Cribb (who had previously represented the electorate from 1863 to 1867). In his nomination speech, Atkin made accusations against Cribb, who replied vigorously defending himself. The somewhat unexpected outcome of this verbal exchange was that Cribb announced he would withdraw his nomination. Cribb said that if Atkin believed he could represent them so well, the best thing they could do would be to let him try, predicting that Atkin would either resign or be asked to resign within six months. Being the only remaining candidate, Atkin was declared elected.[2][3]

Cribb's six-month prediction did not come true. However, Atkin did not complete his term, as he resigned on 7 March 1872 due to serious ill health (pulmonary tuberculosis) from which he died a few months later on [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Representatives of Queensland State Electorates 1860 - 2012" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. 
  2. ^ "Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1860-2012" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "EAST MORETON NOMINATION". The Queenslander. 19 February 1870. p. 3. Retrieved 25 January 2014 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ The Queenslander. 9 March 1872. p. 4 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27270019. Retrieved 25 January 2014 – via National Library of Australia.  Missing or empty |title= (help)