Electoral district of Launceston

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The Electoral district of Launceston was a multi-member electoral district of the Tasmanian House of Assembly. It was based in Tasmania's second city, Launceston, and the surrounding rural area.

The seat was created as a three-member seat ahead of the Assembly's first election held in 1856, and was abolished at the 1871 election, when it was divided up into the seats of Central, North and South Launceston.

At the 1897 election, the Hare-Clark electoral model was trialled in Launceston and Hobart, with Launceston being recreated as a 4-member seat. It continued for two terms, before being broken up again in 1903 into Central, North, East and West Launceston. In 1909, the entire state adopted Hare-Clark, and the Launceston region became part of the Bass division.

Members for Launceston[edit]

First incarnation: 1856–1871

Member 1 Term Member 2 Term Member 3 Term
John Rogers 1856–1857 Adye Douglas 1856–1857 William Champ 1856–1857
Alexander Clerke 1857–1860 James Matthews 1857–1861 John Crookes 1857–1862
Joseph Cohen 1860–1861
Robert Miller 1861–1866 Henry Dowling 1861–1862
Henry Lette 1862–1871 D'Arcy Murray 1862–1866
John Crookes 1866–1866 John Scott 1866–1871
Thomas Chapman 1866–1871

Second incarnation: 1897–1903

Member 1 Term Member 2 Term Member 3 Term Member 4 Term
William Hartnoll 1897–1902 Matthew Clarke 1897–1900 Ronald Smith 1897–1900 Alexander Fowler 1897–1901
David Storrer 1902–1903 Robert Sadler 1900–1903 Peter McCracken 1900–1903 Samuel Sutton 1901–1903

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