Western Province (Victoria)

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Western Province
VictoriaLegislative Council
Western Province 1856.png
Western Province, 1856
StateVictoria
Created1856
Abolished2006
DemographicRural

Western Province was an electorate of the Victorian Legislative Council (Australia), the upper house of the Parliament of Victoria.[1] Victoria was a colony in Australia when Western Province was created. From Federation in 1901, Victoria was a state in the Commonwealth of Australia.

Western Province was one of the six original upper house Provinces of the bi-cameral Victorian Parliament created in November 1856.[2]

Western Province was defined in the Victorian Constitution Act, 1855, as : "Including the Counties of Ripon, Hampden, Heytesbury, Villiers, Normanby, Dundas, and Follett."[3]

In 1882, several new Provinces were created, including Nelson Province and Wellington Province, the numbers of members elected for Western Province was reduced to three from this time.[4] Another redistribution in 1904 reduced the number of members to two.[5]

In 2006, the Western Province (along with all the other provinces in the Legislative Council) was abolished and replaced by regions. All of the area covered by Western Province is contained in the larger Western Victoria Region.[6]

Members for Western Province[edit]

Five members initially[3] until 1882.[4] Three from 1882 until 1904,[5] then two members from 1904 until abolition in 2006.

Member 1 Member 2 Member 3 Member 4 Member 5 Term
Stephen Henty Charles Vaughan Sir James Palmer Andrew Cruikshank Daniel Tierney Nov 1856 – Mar 1858
Henry Miller [7][8] Apr 1858 – Jan 1859
Niel Black Feb 1859 – Jun 1864
Charles Sladen [b] [9] Jul  1864 – Aug 1866
James Strachan [10] Aug 1866 – Sep 1868
Robert Simson[11] Oct 1868 – Aug 1870
Thomas McKellar [12] Sep 1870 – Nov 1870
William Skene Dec 1870 – Sep 1874
Thomas Bromell Oct 1874 – May 1875
Samuel Wilson Jun 1875 – Sep 1876
Charles Sladen Sep 1876 – Sep 1878
William Ross Sep 1878 – May 1880
Robert Simson [b] Jun 1880 – May 1881
Thomas Cumming May 1881 – Nov 1882
Nathan Thornley     Nov 1882 – Aug 1888
Samuel Cooke Sep 1888 – Nov 1888
Agar Wynne Nov 1888 – Mar 1901
vacant
Apr 1901 – May 1901
Sir Walter Manifold Jun 1901 – Mar 1903
Robert Ritchie Apr 1903 – Nov 1903
Alexander MacLeod Dec 1903 – May 1904
  Apr 1904 – May 1907
Edward White May 1907 – Jan 1924
Marcus Saltau [b] Mar 1924 – Jun 1931
William Williamson Jun 1931 – Jun 1937
Leonard Rodda Jun 1937 – Jun 1940
Robert Rankin Jun 1940 – Jul  1943
vacant
Aug 1943 – Sep 1943
Leonard Rodda 23 Oct 1943 – Aug 1946
vacant
    Sep 1946 – Oct 1946
Hugh MacLeod 30 Nov 1946 – Jun 1952
David Arnott 21 Jun 1952 – 17 Jun 1955
Ronald Mack 18 Jun 1955 – 20 Jun 1958
Kenneth Gross 21 Jun 1958 – 12 Feb 1968
Clive Mitchell   6 Apr 1968 – 18 May 1973
Digby Crozier 19 May 1973 – 19 Mar 1976
Bruce Chamberlain 20 Mar 1976 –   1 Mar 1985
Roger Hallam   2 Mar 1985 – 30 Nov 2002
David Koch John Vogels 30 Nov 2002 – 24 Nov 2006
[b] = elected in a by-election
John Vogels was later a member for Western Victoria Region from 25 November 2006 to 26 November 2010.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  2. ^ Edward Sweetman (1920). Constitutional Development of Victoria, 1851-6. Whitcombe & Tombs Limited. p. 182. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Victoria Constitution Act 1855" (PDF). Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b "The Legislative Council Act 1881". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 14 Jun 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Electoral Provinces Boundaries Act 1903". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 16 Jun 2013.
  6. ^ "Western Victoria Region profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 17 Jun 2013.
  7. ^ Mellor, Suzanne G. "Miller, Henry (1809–1888)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Declaration of the Poll". Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser. Vic. 2 April 1858. p. 2.
  9. ^ "Western Province Nomination". Bendigo Advertiser. Vic. 12 July 1864. p. 2.
  10. ^ "Telegraphic". The Brisbane Courier. 11 August 1866. Strachan elected 10 August 1866
  11. ^ "By Electric Telegraph". Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser. Vic. 8 October 1868. p. 2. Simson elected unopposed
  12. ^ "The Legislative Council". The Australasian. Melb. 20 February 1875. McKellar elected 12 September 1870

Coordinates: 38°0′S 142°30′E / 38.000°S 142.500°E / -38.000; 142.500