Southern Rhodesian Legislative Council election, 1911

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The Southern Rhodesia Legislative Council election of 12 April 1911 was the fifth election to the Legislative Council of Southern Rhodesia. The Legislative Council had, since 1907, comprised thirteen voting members: the Administrator of Southern Rhodesia ex officio, five members nominated by the British South Africa Company, and seven members elected by registered voters from four electoral districts. The Resident Commissioner of Southern Rhodesia, Robert Burns-Begg also sat on the Legislative Council ex officio but without the right to vote.


The boundaries of the districts were slightly changed at this election. Only minor changes were made to the Eastern and Northern Districts, but a substantial area of territory around Kariba and Gokwe was removed from the Midlands District to the Western District.


Electorate and turnout
Candidate Votes
EASTERN Francis Rudolph Myburgh* 156
John Meikle 123
James Harpur 119
Lionel Cripps 42
996 (68.8%)
Herman Melville Heyman 392
William Henry Gilfillan 116
Theodore Haddon 93
Herbert Thomas Longden* 85
Two members
2,363 (57.1%)
Frederick Eyles 874
Raleigh Grey* 595
Ernest Edward Homan 470
Three members
Charles Patrick John Coghlan* unopposed
Gordon Stewart Drummond Forbes* unopposed
George Mitchell unopposed

* Incumbents

Nominated members[edit]

The members nominated by the British South Africa Company were:

  • Clarkson Henry Tredgold, Attorney-General
  • Dr Eric Arthur Nobbs PhD BSc FHAS, Director of Agriculture
  • James Hutchison Kennedy, Master of the High Court
  • Ernest William Sanders Montagu, Secretary for Mines and Works
  • Francis James Newton CVO CMG, Treasurer

Clarkson Henry Tredgold was absent during the second session of the Legislative Council, and was replaced by Robert Macilwaine (Acting Attorney-General) from 30 November 1911.


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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