Members of the Tasmanian Legislative Council, 1885–1891
This is a list of members of the Tasmanian Legislative Council between 1885 and 1891. Terms of the Legislative Council did not coincide with Legislative Assembly elections, and members served six-year terms, with a number of members facing election each year.
|4 May 1885||Cambridge; Hobart (1)|
|? May 1886||Hobart (1); Launceston (1); North Esk|
|? May 1887||Hobart (1); Meander; Pembroke|
|8 May 1888||Huon; Launceston (1); Mersey|
|7 May 1889||Derwent; Tamar; Westmorland|
|6 May 1890||Buckingham; Macquarie; South Esk|
- 1 On 20 November 1885, following the creation of the seat of Russell in north-western Tasmania, William Moore, the member for Mersey, transferred to the seat. His old seat was filled by James Smith.
- 2 In December 1885, a redistribution of the Council occurred.
- The Longford division was renamed Westmorland. The member for Longford, William Dodery, was unaffected.
- The Jordan division was abolished and largely recreated as Macquarie; the member for Jordan, James Agnew, was required to stand for an extraordinary election on 18 February 1886, at which he was reelected.
- A new two-member division of Launceston was created while Tamar changed from a two-member to a single-member division.
- 3 When the second seat in Tamar was abolished, the incumbent, James Aikenhead, retired. At the resulting Launceston by-election on 21 December 1895, William Hart was elected.
- 4 In February 1886, Adye Douglas, the member for South Esk, resigned. James Gibson won the resulting by-election on 26 March 1886.
- 5 An extraordinary election for the second Launceston seat was declared for 13 July 1886. Tamar MHA John Scott resigned to contest it, and hence by-elections for both Tamar and Launceston were required. Scott was elected in Launceston, whilst Audley Coote was elected in Tamar.
- 6 In January 1886, Thomas Smart, one of the three members for Hobart, resigned. George Salier won the resulting by-election on 8 February 1886.
- 7 Shortly after his Government's defeat on 29 March 1887, the Premier of Tasmania and member for Macquarie, James Agnew, retired from politics. Alfred Page won the resulting by-election on 26 July 1887.
- 8 On 13 January 1890, John Lord, the member for Cambridge, died. Alfred Lord was elected unopposed on 29 January 1890.
- 9 On 3 June 1890, John Scott, one of the two members for Launceston, died. Sir Adye Douglas was elected unopposed on 17 June 1890.
- 10 On 19 March 1891, William Hodgson, the member for Pembroke, died. Henry Lamb won the resulting by-election on 14 April 1891.