Electoral district of Geraldton (Legislative Council)

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Geraldton
Western AustraliaLegislative Council
State Western Australia
Dates current1870–1890
Namesake Geraldton

Geraldton was an electoral district of the Legislative Council of Western Australia from 1870 to 1890, during the period when the Legislative Council was the sole chamber of the Parliament of Western Australia.

Western Australian Legislative Council upper house of the Legislature of the state of Western Australia

The Western Australian Legislative Council is the upper house of the Parliament of Western Australia, a state of Australia. It is regarded as a house of review for legislation passed by the Legislative Assembly, the lower house. The two Houses of Parliament sit in Parliament House in the state capital, Perth.

Parliament of Western Australia Legislative body of the Australian state of Western Australia

The Parliament of Western Australia is the bicameral legislature of the Australian state of Western Australia, forming the legislative branch of the Government of Western Australia. The parliament consists of a lower house, the Legislative Assembly, an upper house, the Legislative Council and the Queen, represented by the Governor of Western Australia. The two Houses of Parliament sit in Parliament House in the state capital, Perth.

Geraldton was one of the original ten Legislative Council districts created by the Legislative Council Act 1870 (33 Vict, No. 13). The district's initial boundary ran east from the mouth of the Greenough River to Wizard Peak (in Moonyoonooka), then to the Irwin River and finally due east to the border with South Australia. It took in all of what is now considered North West Australia (including the Gascoyne, Kimberley, and Pilbara regions), as well as most of the Mid West. [1] After the passage of the Legislative Council Act Amendment Act 1873 (37 Vict. No. 22), the district's boundaries were altered, with all of its territory above the 27th parallel south transferred to the new North District. [2]

The Greenough River is a river in the Mid West region of Western Australia.

Moonyoonooka, Western Australia Town in Western Australia

Moonyoonooka is a rural locality on the eastern margin of Geraldton, in the Mid West region of Western Australia. It contains Geraldton Airport. At the 2016 census, Moonyoonooka had a population of 245. Of employed people, 22.4% worked in the vegetable horticulture industry. Notably 9.1% of residents speak Vietnamese at home, eight times the national average.

Irwin River river in Western Australia, Australia

The Irwin River is a river in the Mid West of Western Australia. It was named on 9 April 1839 by the explorer George Grey, while on his second disastrous exploration expedition along the Western Australian coast, after his friend Major Frederick Irwin, the Commandant of the Swan River settlement, and later acting Governor of Western Australia from 1847 to 1848.

Seven men were elected to represent Geraldton in the Legislative Council, with Edward Wittenoom serving two non-consecutive terms. Maitland Brown served the longest, from 1874 to 1883. [3]

Edward Wittenoom politician

Sir Edward Horne Wittenoom KCMG was an Australian politician who served intermittently in the Legislative Council of Western Australia between 1883 and 1934, including as President of the Legislative Council from 1922 to 1926. He sat in the Legislative Council from 1883 to 1884, 1885 to 1886, 1894 to 1898, 1902 to 1906, and finally from 1910 to 1934. Wittenoom was a minister in the government of Sir John Forrest, and was also Agent-General for Western Australia between 1898 and 1901.

Maitland Brown Australian politician

Maitland Brown was an explorer, politician and pastoralist in colonial Western Australia. He is best remembered as the leader of the La Grange expedition, which searched for and recovered the bodies of three white settlers killed by Indigenous Australians, and subsequently killed a number of Indigenous people in an incident that remains controversial to this day.

Members

MemberPartyTerm
  Major Logue None1870–1874
  Maitland Brown None1874–1883
  Edward Wittenoom None1883–1884
  John Davis None1884
  Samuel Mitchell None1884–1885
 Edward WittenoomNone1885–1886
  Edward Vivien Harvey Keane None1886–1889
  McKenzie Grant None1889–1890

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