Electoral district of Barcoo

QueenslandLegislative Assembly
State Queensland
Created 1885
Abolished 1972
Namesake Barcoo River
Demographic Rural
Coordinates 28°29′S 137°46′E / 28.483°S 137.767°E / -28.483; 137.767Coordinates: 28°29′S 137°46′E / 28.483°S 137.767°E / -28.483; 137.767

Barcoo was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland from 1885 to 1972.

It was created in 1885 by dividing the district of Mitchell, with Barcoo taking up its western area.[1] It was named after the Barcoo River, and covered remote rural areas in Southwest Queensland.

Barcoo was mostly a safe seat for the Australian Labor Party and was the seat of Premier T. J. Ryan. Remarkably, all members since Tommy Ryan were elected to this seat in by-elections; the last time a new member was elected to it in a general election was in 1909.

The death of Frank Murphy created a by-election on 5 March 1892. A shearer, Tommy Ryan (not to be confused with the Queensland Premier T. J. Ryan) was the first endorsed Labour candidate in Queensland and won the seat against opponent William Henry Campbell, the editor and proprietor of the local newspaper The Western Champion.[2]

It was abolished in the redistribution preceding the 1972 election.

Members for Barcoo

  Frank Reid Murphy 1885–1892
  Tommy Ryan Labour 1892–1893
  George Kerr Ministerialist 1893–1909
  T. J. Ryan Labor 1909–1919
  Frank Bulcock Labor 1919–1942
  Ned Davis Labor 1943–1961
  Eugene O'Donnell Labor 1961–1972

Election results

See also


  1. "Representatives of Queensland State Electorates 1860 – 2012" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  2. "FIRST LABOUR MEMBER.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 9 November 1936. p. 21. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
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