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Division of South Australia

South Australia
Australian House of Representatives Division
Created1901
Abolished1903
NamesakeSouth Australia

The Division of South Australia was an Australian electoral division covering South Australia.[note 1] The seven-member statewide seat existed from the inaugural 1901 election until the 1903 election. Each elector cast seven votes. Unlike most of the other states, South Australia had not been split into individual single-member electorates. The other exception was the five-member Division of Tasmania. The statewide seats were abolished at a redistribution conducted two months prior to the 1903 election and were subsequently replaced with single-member divisions, one per displaced member, with each elector now casting a single vote.

Members

Sorted in order of votes received

Image Member Party Term Notes
  Charles Kingston.jpg Charles Kingston
(1850-1908)
Protectionist 30 March 1901 -
16 December 1903
Previously held the South Australian House of Assembly seat of West Adelaide. Served as minister under Barton. Transferred to the Division of Adelaide when South Australia was abolished in 1903
  Langdon Bonython 2.jpg Sir Langdon Bonython
(1848-1939)
Protectionist 30 March 1901 -
16 December 1903
Transferred to the Division of Barker when South Australia was abolished in 1903
  Paddy Glynn 1903.jpg Paddy Glynn
(1855-1931)
Free Trade 30 March 1901 -
16 December 1903
Previously held the South Australian House of Assembly seat of North Adelaide. Transferred to the Division of Angas when South Australia was abolished in 1903
  F.W. Holder (1898).jpg (Sir) Frederick Holder
(1850-1909)
Free Trade 30 March 1901 -
1903
Previously held the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Burra. Served as Speaker during the Barton and Deakin Governments. Transferred to the Division of Wakefield when South Australia was abolished in 1903
  Independent 1903 -
16 December 1903
  Lee Batchelor (with beard).jpg Lee Batchelor
(1865-1911)
Labour 30 March 1901 -
16 December 1903
Previously held the South Australian House of Assembly seat of West Adelaide. Transferred to the Division of Boothby when South Australia was abolished in 1903
  Vaiben Solomon1.jpg Vaiben Louis Solomon
(1853-1908)
Free Trade 30 March 1901 -
16 December 1903
Previously held the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Northern Territory. Failed to win the Division of Boothby when South Australia was abolished in 1903. Later elected to the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Northern Territory in 1905
  Alexander Poynton.jpg Alexander Poynton
(1853-1935)
Free Trade [a] 30 March 1901 -
1902
Previously held the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Flinders. Transferred to the Division of Grey when South Australia was abolished in 1903
  Labour 1902 -
16 December 1903
  1. ^ Though labelled a Free Trader, Poynton was an Australasian National League candidate.[1]

The Division was split into seven single-member seats at the 1903 election - Adelaide (Kingston, Protectionist), Angas (Glynn, Free Trade), Barker (Bonython, Protectionist), Boothby (Batchelor, Labour), Grey (Poynton, Labour), Hindmarsh (Hutchison, Labour) and Wakefield (Holder, Independent).

Election results

Elected members in bold. South Australia elected seven members, with each elector casting seven votes.

1901 Australian federal election: South Australia
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Protectionist Charles Kingston 41,477 65.9 +65.9
Protectionist Sir Langdon Bonython 39,434 62.7 +62.7
Free Trade Paddy Glynn 37,450 59.5 +59.5
Free Trade Frederick Holder 37,424 59.5 +59.5
Labour Lee Batchelor 31,614 50.3 +50.3
Free Trade Vaiben Louis Solomon 27,030 43.0 +43.0
Free Trade Alexander Poynton 25,864 41.1 +41.1
Labour Thomas Price 24,019 38.2 +38.2
Protectionist Robert Caldwell 21,102 33.6 +33.6
Free Trade Henry Baker 15,760 25.1 +25.1
Free Trade Crawford Vaughan 11,874 18.9 +18.9
Free Trade Richard Wood 11,054 17.6 +17.6
Free Trade Thomas Webb 9,357 14.9 +14.9
Protectionist John Cooke 8,947 14.2 +14.2
Protectionist John O'Connell 3,152 5.0 +5.0
Protectionist George Wyld 2,858 4.6 +4.6
Independent George Mitchell 1,745 2.8 +2.8
Total formal votes 350,161 98.4
Informal votes 985 1.6
Turnout 62,982 40.8

Notes

  1. ^ The Northern Territory was part of South Australia until 1911. Its area was covered by the Division of Grey from 1903 to 1910.

References

  1. ^ Van Den Hoorn, Rob. "Poynton, Alexander (1853-1935)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2019.

Coordinates: 30°0?S 135°0?E / 30.000°S 135.000°E / -30.000; 135.000


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