Electoral district of North Murchison

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North Murchison
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State Western Australia
Dates current1897–1904
Namesake Murchison region

North Murchison was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia from 1897 to 1904.

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

Western Australian Legislative Assembly legislature of the State of Western Australia

The Western Australian Legislative Assembly, or lower house, is one of the two chambers of the Parliament of Western Australia, an Australian state. The Parliament sits in Parliament House in the Western Australian capital, Perth.

The district was located in the Western Australian outback. It existed for just two terms of parliament, but had three members and staged two by-elections in that time. Its first member was Henry Kenny, who died two years into his term in May 1899. The subsequent by-election saw Frederick Moorhead elected to fill the vacancy. Moorhead retained the seat at the 1901 state election but afterward resigned his seat after being appointed minister, as was the convention at the time. Moorhead was defeated in the ensuing by-election by Labor candidate John Holman. When the district was abolished ahead of the 1904 state election, Holman instead won election to the seat of Murchison.

Outback Area in Australia

The Outback is the vast, remote interior of Australia. "The Outback" is more remote than those areas named "the bush", which include any location outside the main urban areas.

By-elections, also spelled bye-elections, are used to fill elected offices that have become vacant between general elections.

Henry Edward Kenny was an Australian newspaper proprietor and politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1897 to 1899, representing the seat of North Murchison.

Members for North Murchison

MemberPartyTerm
  Henry Kenny Opposition1897–1899
  Frederick Moorhead Ministerial1899–1901
  John Holman Labour 1901–1904


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