Electoral district of Beeloo

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Beeloo
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State Western Australia
Dates current1956–1968
NamesakeBeeloo people
Demographic East Metropolitan

Beeloo was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia from 1956 to 1968. Beeloo was named after the Beeloo, a Nyungar people, who inhabited an area that later became the south eastern suburbs of Perth, south of the Swan and east of the Canning, prior to European settlement.

The Western Australian Legislative Assembly is elected from 59 single-member electoral districts. These districts are often referred to as electorates or seats.

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Beeloo was considered to be a safe seat for the Labor Party, and only had one member, Colin Jamieson.

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Colin Jamieson Australian politician

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History

Beeloo was initially within the vast electorate of Canning. In 1911, just 50 people voted at the Belmont and Welshpool Road booths, and by 1950, this had grown to 410 at Belmont, 685 at Welshpool and 692 at Queens Park. However, the area grew rapidly following the Second World War as industry developed at Belmont, Kewdale and Forrestfield, and Housing Commission areas were built to support them. At the 1955 redistribution, the new electorate of Beeloo was created—the only district to be so created. [1] The previous member for Canning, Labor member Colin Jamieson who was first elected in 1953, secured the seat at the 1956 election.

The Electoral district of Canning was an electorate in the state of Western Australia. The electorate, which was named for the Canning River which ran through the electorate, was first contested at the 1897 election, but was abolished prior to the 1901 election, with most of its territory transferred to the new seat of South Perth. However, for the 1904 election, South Perth was abolished and Canning re-created. Canning was abolished for a second time in the 1988 redistribution.

Queens Park, Western Australia Suburb of Perth, Western Australia

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Kewdale, Western Australia Suburb of Perth, Western Australia

Kewdale is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia within the City of Belmont. Kew Street was one of the first roads in this district, hence the naming of the suburb.

At the 1962 election, Beeloo moved further south into Cannington and Queens Park, whilst a new seat of Belmont was created. [2]

1962 Western Australian state election

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Cannington, Western Australia Suburb of Perth, Western Australia

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Electoral district of Belmont state electoral district of Western Australia

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At the redistribution taking effect from the 1968 election, Beeloo was abolished, and Belmont shifted southwards. Jamieson successfully transferred to Belmont at the election. [3]

1968 Western Australian state election

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 23 March 1968 to elect all 51 members to the Legislative Assembly and 15 members to the 30-seat Legislative Council. The Liberal-Country coalition government, led by Premier Sir David Brand, won a record fourth term in office against the Labor Party, led by Opposition Leader John Tonkin.

Members for Beeloo

MemberPartyTerm
  Colin Jamieson Labor 1956–1968

Election results

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References

  1. "Electoral Districts Act 1947 - Order in Council". Western Australia Government Gazette. 22 August 1955. p. 1955:1999-2009.
  2. "Electoral Districts Act 1947-1955 - Order in Council". Western Australia Government Gazette. 14 December 1961. p. 1961:3651-3702.
  3. "Electoral Districts Act 1947-1965 - Order in Council". Western Australia Government Gazette. 21 July 1966. p. 1966:1977-2033.