Electoral district of Fortitude Valley

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Fortitude Valley, originally known as Hamlet of Fortitude Valley, was a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Queensland.

History[edit]

Fortitude Valley was one of the original sixteen electorates proclaimed in 1859. It was originally known as "Hamlet of Fortitude Valley", but the name was shortened to "Fortitude Valley" in the 1872 redistribution. Initially it was a single member constituency, but became a dual member constituency in 1885, reverting to a single member in the 1910 redistribution. The electorate was abolished in the 1959 redistribution, mostly being incorporated into the Electoral district of Brisbane and the Electoral district of Merthyr.[1]

Notably, Fortitude Valley was the first electorate in any Australian parliament to be contested by a member of the labour movement, with William McNaughton Galloway, the president of the Brisbane Trades and Labour Council and secretary of the Seamen's Union, unsuccessfully contesting the 1888 by-election.[2]

Members[edit]

The following members were elected:[3]

Single-member constituency (1860–1885)
Member Party Term
Sir Charles Lilley 1 May 1860 - 25 November 1873 (as Hamlet of Fortitude Valley)
Sir Charles Lilley 25 November 1873 - 14 February 1874 (as Fortitude Valley)
Francis Beattie 25 February 1874 - 26 November 1878 (by-election)
Ratcliffe Pring 26 November 1878 - 28 May 1879
Francis Beattie 28 May 1879 - 16 April 1886 (by-election)
Two-member constituency (1885–1912)
Member Party Term
John McMaster Ministerialist 14 September 1885 - 11 March 1899
Samuel Wood Brooks 1 May 1886 - 12 May 1888
John Watson Ministerialist 12 May 1888 - 21 March 1896
Frank McDonnell ALP 21 March 1896 - 18 May 1907
William Guy Higgs ALP 11 March 1899 - 17 July 1901
John McMaster Ministerialist 3 August 1901 (by-election) - 27 August 1904
David Bowman ALP 27 August 1904 - 27 April 1912
John McMaster Opposition 18 May 1907 - 5 February 1908
Peter McLachlan ALP 5 February 1908 - 27 April 1912
Single-member constituency (1912–1960)
Term Member Party
27 April 1912 – 25 February 1916   David Bowman Labor
1 April 1916 – 19 May 1933   Thomas Wilson Labor
15 July 1933 – 4 October 1950   Samuel Brassington Labor
18 November 1950 – 26 April 1957   Mick Brosnan Labor
26 April 1957 – 3 August 1957   Queensland Labor
3 August 1957 – 28 May 1960   Bob Windsor Liberal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Representatives of Queensland State Electorates 1860 - 2012" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. 
  2. ^ Fitzgerald, Ross; Thornton, Harold (1989). Labor in Queensland: from the 1880s to 1988. Brisbane, Queensland: University of Queensland Press. p. 2. ISBN 0-7022-2152-X. 
  3. ^ "Representatives of Queensland State Electorates 1860 - 2012" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-31. 

Coordinates: 27°27′28″S 153°02′02″E / 27.4578°S 153.0340°E / -27.4578; 153.0340