Members of the Tasmanian Legislative Council, 1885–1891

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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.


Date Electorates
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


Name Division Years in office Elected
Hon Dr James Agnew[7] Jordan
1877–1881; 1884–1887 1884
Hon James Aikenhead[3] Tamar 1870–1885 1882
Hon Donald Cameron North Esk 1868–1886 1880
Hon Audley Coote[5] Tamar 1886–1895 1889
Hon William Crosby Hobart 1885–1909 1885
Hon William Dodery Longford
1877–1907 1889
Hon Adye Douglas[4][9] South Esk
1855–1856; 1884–1886;
Hon Philip Fysh Buckingham 1866–1869; 1870–1873;
Hon Walter Gellibrand Derwent 1871–1901 1889
Hon James Gibson[4] South Esk 1886–1899 1890
Hon Frederick Grubb Meander 1879–1911 1887
Hon William Hart[3] Launceston 1885–1904 1888
Hon William Hodgson[10] Pembroke 1881–1891 1887
Hon Henry Lamb[10] Pembroke 1891–1899 b/e
Hon Alfred Lord[8] Cambridge 1890–1897 1891
Hon John Lord[8] Cambridge 1873–1890 1885
Hon John Hair McCall Mersey 1888–1901 1888
Hon Alexander McGregor Hobart 1880–1896 1886
Hon William Moore[1] Mersey
1877–1909 1885
Hon Alfred Page[7] Macquarie 1887–1909 1890
Hon Henry Rooke North Esk 1886–1901 1886
Hon George Salier[6] Hobart 1886–1892 1887
Hon John Scott[5][9] Tamar
1880–1890 1885
Hon Dr Thomas Smart[6] Hobart 1881–1886 1881
Hon James Smith[1] Mersey 1885–1888 b/e
Hon John Watchorn Huon 1882–1905 1888


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.