Electoral district of North Perth

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North Perth
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State Western Australia
Dates current 1897–1962
Namesake North Perth
Demographic North Metropolitan

The Electoral district of North Perth was a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Western Australia. The district was named for its location immediately to the north of the central business district of Perth.

North Perth was created under the Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1896, which took effect at the 1897 election. Its first election was notable in producing Western Australia's first Labor member of Parliament, Charles Oldham, who was a former president of the Trades and Labor Council and had become an employer, and hence could afford to run in the days prior to payment of members.[1] Oldham associated with the official opposition led by George Leake, but ultimately his seat was declared vacant for non-attendance on 16 October 1900. An independent, Richard Speight, won at the subsequent general election four months later, but died just seven months into his term.

The seat changed hands several times between Labor and non-Labor members until 1914, when James MacCallum Smith won the seat for the Liberal party, which folded into the Nationalist. He and his Nationalist successor Arthur Abbott were the seat's only members until a major redistribution following the abolition of the neighbouring Perth seat at the 1950 election transformed it into a marginal seat. Future Premier of Western Australia (1982–1983), Ray O'Connor, won his first term of office against the incumbent Labor member Stan Lapham in the 1959 election. The seat was abolished in a redistribution in 1961 ahead of the 1962 election, and the seat was split between a recreated Perth seat and Mount Lawley.

Members for North Perth[edit]

Member Party Term
  Charles Oldham PLP (Labour) 1897–1900
  Richard Speight Independent 1901
  George McWilliams Oppositionist 1901–1904
  Francis Ford Wilson Labour 1904–1905
  James Brebber Ministerialist 1905–1908
  Herbert Swan Labour 1908–1914
  James MacCallum Smith Liberal (WA) 1914–1917
Nationalist 1917–1939
  Arthur Abbott Nationalist 1939–1945
  Liberal 1945–1949
  Liberal Country League 1949–1950
  Ted Needham Labor 1950–1953
  Stan Lapham Labor 1953–1959
  Ray O'Connor Liberal Country League 1959–1962


  1. ^ de Garis, Brian (1991). "Self-government and political parties". In Black, David. The house on the hill: A history of the Parliament of Western Australia 1832-1990. West Perth: Parliament of Western Australia. pp. 74, 76. ISBN 0-7309-3983-9.