Electoral district of South Murchison

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Central Murchison
Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
State Western Australia
Dates current1897–1901
Namesake Murchison region

South Murchison was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia from 1897 to 1901.

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 one term of parliament, and was created due to the large temporary population brought to the area by the brief Murchison gold rush. Its only member was Cornthwaite Rason, a Ministerial politician. When the district was abolished ahead of the 1901 state election, Rason instead won election to the seat of Guildford, closer to Perth. Rason would later become Premier of Western Australia.

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.

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 24 April 1901 to elect 50 members to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. It was the first election to take place since responsible government without the towering presence of Premier Sir John Forrest, who had left state politics two months earlier to enter the first Federal parliament representing the Division of Swan, and the first state parliamentary election to follow the enactment of women's suffrage in 1899.

Guildford was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia from 1901 to 1962.

Members for South Murchison

MemberPartyTerm
  Cornthwaite Rason Ministerial1897–1901

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