Southern Rhodesian Legislative Council election, 1902

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The Southern Rhodesia Legislative Council election of March 17, 1902 was the second election to the Legislative Council of Southern Rhodesia. No change was made in the administration of the elections compared with the first elections three years previously, so the Legislative Council continued to comprise ten voting members: the Administrator of Southern Rhodesia ex officio, five members nominated by the British South Africa Company, and four members elected by registered voters from two electoral districts. The Resident Commissioner of Southern Rhodesia, Sir Marshal James Clarke, also sat on the Legislative Council ex officio but without the right to vote.


Electorate and turnout
Candidate Votes
Raleigh Grey unopposed
Richard John Wylie unopposed
1,755 (65.5%)
Percival Ross Frames 867
Charles Theodore Holland 647
John Edward Scott 489

Note: Raleigh Grey was absent through the whole of the first session of the Legislative Council.

Additional elections[edit]

A new Order in Council promulgated in 1903 expanded the Legislative Council to fourteen members, seven to be directly elected, seven nominated by the British South Africa Company, and the Administrator to retain his seat ex officio so as to have a casting vote. Polling day was fixed for May 22, 1903.

New electoral districts were drawn up for the expanded election. The Northern District, returning two members, and the Eastern District, returning one, were carved out of Mashonaland, with the remaining parts merging with part of Matabeleland to form the Midland District (returning one member) and the Western District (returning three). In order to provide continuity, the sitting members for Mashonaland were automatically made the members for the Northern District (as it contained Salisbury), and the sitting members for Matabeleland were made members for the Western District (as it contained Bulawayo). However, before the election, Percival Ross Frames resigned his seat on the Council (March 24, 1903) and so two members were elected for the Western District.


Electorate and turnout
Candidate Votes
574 (62.4%)
John Meikle 227
Francis Rudolph Myburgh 131
MIDLAND Herman Melville Heyman unopposed
WESTERN William Henry Haddon 877
William Napier 786
Leopold Frank Moore 509

Nominated members[edit]

The initial five members nominated by the British South Africa Company were:

During the absence of Townshend Griffin from November 7, 1902, Clarkson Henry Tredgold (Solicitor-General) stood in for him. When the membership was expanded in 1903, the nominated members were:

  • Sir Thomas Charles Scanlen KCMG, Additional Law Officer
  • Francis James Newton CMG, Treasurer
  • Herbert Hayton Castens, Chief Secretary
  • Clarkson Henry Tredgold, Attorney-General
  • James Hutchison Kennedy, Master of the High Court
  • Edward Ross Townsend, Secretary for Agriculture
  • Ernest William Sanders Montagu, Secretary for Mines


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  • Holders of Administrative and Ministerial Office 1894-1964 by F.M.G. Willson and G.C. Passmore, assisted by Margaret T. Mitchell (Source Book No. 3, Department of Government, University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Salisbury 1966)
  • Official Year Book of the Colony of Southern Rhodesia, No. 1 - 1924, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia