Electoral district of Murray (South Australia)

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Murray
South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
State South Australia
Created 1902
Abolished 1985
Namesake Murray River
Demographic Rural

Murray is a defunct electoral district that elected members to the House of Assembly, the lower house of the bicameral legislature of the Australian state of South Australia. The electorate, incorporating part of the River Murray, was rural in nature, with Mannum the only large town within its boundaries.[1][2] From its establishment to the 1938 state election, Murray was a three-member electorate, but was made a single-member electorate afterwards, as part of a system of electoral malapportionment known as the "Playmander". In both incarnations it elected candidates from both major parties as marginal and safe seat holders at various times. If just 21 LCL votes were Labor votes in Murray at the 1968 election, Labor would have formed majority government. Murray was one of two gains in 1968 that put the LCL in office. The electorate was abolished prior to the 1985 election, with its territory now forming part of the districts of Hammond, Kavel, and Schubert. In total, 24 people represented Murray between 1902 and 1985, with its most notable member being Thomas Playford IV, who later served as Premier of South Australia.[3]

List of members[edit]

First incarnation (1902–1938, 3 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Walter Duncan National League 1902–1906   Friedrich Pflaum 1902–1905   Robert Homburg National League 1902–1905
  National League 1905–1910   William Jamieson National League 1905–1906
  Hermann Homburg National League 1906–1910   Liberal and Democratic 1906–1910
  Liberal Union 1910–1915   Liberal Union 1910–1915   Liberal Union 1910–1912
  Harry Young Liberal Union 1912–1923
  George Dunn Labor 1915–1917   Maurice Parish Labor 1915–1917  
  National 1917–1918   National 1917–1918
  Independent 1918–1918
  Sid O'Flaherty Labor 1918–1921   Herbert Parsons Liberal Union 1918–1921
  John Godfree Liberal Union 1921–1923   John Randell Liberal Union 1921–1923
  Liberal Federation 1923–1924   Liberal Federation 1923–1924   Liberal Federation 1923–1927
  Clement Collins Labor 1924–1933   Frank Staniford Labor 1924–1927
  Ernest Hannaford Liberal Federation 1927–1930   Hermann Homburg Liberal Federation 1927–1930
  Frank Staniford Labor 1930–1931   Robert Hunter Labor 1930–1931
  Parliamentary Labor 1931–1933   Parliamentary Labor 1931–1933   Parliamentary Labor 1931–1933
  George Morphett Liberal and Country 1933–1938   Thomas Playford IV Liberal and Country 1933–1938   Howard Shannon Liberal and Country 1933–1938
Second incarnation (1938–1977)
Member Party Term
  Richard McKenzie Independent 1938–1943
  Labor 1943–1953
  Hector White Liberal and Country 1953–1956
  Gabe Bywaters Labor 1956–1968
  Ivon Wardle Liberal and Country 1968–1974
  Liberal 1974–1977
  David Wotton Liberal 1977–1985

References[edit]

  1. ^ See section "ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF MURRAY" in An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1934–1953 – Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. ^ See section "ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF MURRAY" in An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1934–1965 – Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  3. ^ List of members is not directly navigable. Enter "Murray" in electorate drop-down menu to display list of members for the electorate. Former Members of the Parliament of South Australia – Parliament of South Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2013.

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Coordinates: 34°55′S 139°20′E / 34.917°S 139.333°E / -34.917; 139.333