Members of the Western Australian Legislative Council, 1900–1902

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This is a list of members of the Western Australian Legislative Council from 14 May 1900 to 12 May 1902. The chamber had 24 seats made up of eight provinces each electing three members, on a system of rotation whereby one-third of the members would retire at each biennial election. The Constitution Act Amendment Act 1899, which took effect after the 1900 election, created two new electorates—Metropolitan-Suburban Province and South Province—which had their inaugural elections on 29 August and 5 September 1900 respectively with terms expiring in 1906, 1904 and 1902.

NameProvinceTerm
expires
Years in office
George Bellingham South 19021900–1908
Henry Briggs West 19041896–1919
Thomas Brimage South 19061900–1912
William Brookman Metropolitan-Suburban 19061900–1903
R. G. Burges East 19041894–1903
Ephraim Clarke [4] South-West 19021901–1921
James Connolly [3] North-East 19021901–1914
Frederick Crowder [5] East 19021894–1900; 1901–1902
Charles Dempster East 19061873–1874; 1894–1907
John Drew Central 19061900–1918; 1924–1947
John Glowrey South 19041900–1904; 1906–1912
John Winthrop Hackett South-West 19061890–1916
Richard Septimus Haynes Central 19021896–1902
Samuel Johnson Haynes South-East 19041894–1910
Adam Jameson [7] Metropolitan-Suburban 19041900–1903
Arthur Jenkins North-East 19041898–1904; 1908–1917
Alfred Kidson West 19021895–1902
Robert Laurie [6] West 19061901–1912
Henry Lukin [5] East 19021899–1901
Donald MacKay North 19021896–1902
Edward McLarty South-West 19041894–1916
Wesley Maley South-East 19061900–1909
Alexander Matheson [3] North-East 19021897–1901
Matthew Moss [6] West 19061900–1901; 1902–1914
Con O'Brien [1] Central 19041901–1904; 1908–1914
Charles Piesse South-East 19021894–1914
George Randell Metropolitan 19041875–1878; 1880–1890;
1893–1894; 1897–1910
John Richardson North 19041894–1904
Henry Saunders Metropolitan 19021894–1902; 1918–1919
Sir George Shenton Metropolitan 19061870–1873; 1875–1906
Charles Sommers [2] North-East 19061900–1918
James Speed Metropolitan-Suburban 19021900–1902
William Spencer [4] South-West 19021896–1901
Frank Stone North 19061894–1906
Frederic Whitcombe [1] Central 19041898–1900

Notes

1 On 3 December 1900, Central Province MLC Frederic Whitcombe resigned. Labor Party member Con O'Brien won the resulting by-election on 30 January 1901. He is generally regarded as the first Labor member of the Legislative Council, although John Drew who served in the first Labor Cabinet in 1904–1905 and later joined the Labor Party was elected eight months earlier.
2 On 27 May 1901, North-East Province MLC Charles Sommers was appointed to the Ministry as Minister for Lands. He was therefore required to resign and contest a ministerial by-election, at which he was returned unopposed at the close of nominations on 6 June 1901.
3 In March 1901, North-East Province MLC Alexander Matheson resigned to contest a seat in the Australian Senate. James Connolly won the resulting by-election on 12 June 1901.
4 On 21 July 1901, South-West Province MLC William Spencer died. Ephraim Clarke won the resulting by-election on 21 August 1901.
5 On 23 September 1901, East Province MLC Henry Lukin died. Frederick Crowder, who had lost his South-East seat 16 months earlier, won the resulting by-election on 30 October 1901.
6 Following the failure of the Leake Ministry, a new Ministry led by Alf Morgans was sworn in, and on 21 November 1901, West Province MLC Matthew Moss was appointed Colonial Secretary. He was therefore required to resign and contest a ministerial by-election, at which he was defeated by Robert Laurie.
7 On 23 December 1901, following the failure of the Morgans Ministry, a new Ministry led by George Leake was sworn in, and Metropolitan-Suburban Province MLC Adam Jameson was appointed as Minister for Lands. He was therefore required to resign and contest a ministerial by-election, at which he was returned unopposed at the close of nominations on 2 January 1902.

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