Electoral district of Murray (Victorian Legislative Council)

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District of Murray
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Location in Victoria 1851–1855

The Electoral district of Murray was one of the sixteen electoral districts[1] of the original unicameral Victorian Legislative Council of 1851 to 1856.

Murray was defined as: "Bounded on the south and west by the Counties of Evelyn and Anglesey and the River Goulburn to its junction with the Murray on the north and north-east by the River Murray and on the south-east by the dividing range (Alps)."[1]

A new district, Ovens, was created in 1855 which was contained within the original boundaries of Murray.[2]

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).[3] Coordinates: 36°30′S 146°30′E / 36.500°S 146.500°E / -36.500; 146.500

Members of Murray[edit]

One member originally, two from 1853 when the Council was expanded.[3]

Member 1 Term
Francis Murphy[4] Nov 1851 – Mar 1853[r] Member 2 Term
Francis Murphy Aug 1853 – Mar 1856 Matthew Hervey Aug 1853 – Mar 1856

r = resigned
Hervey went on to represent Eastern Province (November 1856 to July 1865) in the Victorian Legislative Council.
Murphy went on to represent the Electoral district of Murray Boroughs (November 1856 to December 1865) in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Victorian Electoral Act" (PDF). New South Wales Government. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  2. ^ "An Act to further alter "The Victoria Electoral Act of 1851" and to increase the Number of Members of the Legislative Council of Victoria. (Assented to 22nd May, 1855.)" (PDF). Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b Edward Sweetman (1920). Constitutional Development of Victoria, 1851-6. Whitcombe & Tombs Limited. p. 182. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Murphy, Sir Francis". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2014.