Wellington Province (Victoria)

Wellington Province
VictoriaLegislative Council
State Victoria
Created 1882
Abolished 1940

Wellington Province was an electorate of the Victorian Legislative Council, the upper house of the Victorian Parliament.[1]

Wellington Province was created in the redistribution of provinces in 1882, under which the Central and Eastern Provinces were abolished and the Wellington, North Central, South Yarra, North Yarra, South Eastern and Melbourne Provinces were formed.[1]

Wellington Province was defined by the Legislative Council Act 1881 (which took effect from the 1882 elections) as consisting of the following divisions: Talbot Shire, Talbot Borough, Clunes, Tullaroop, Carisbrook, Maryborough, Creswick Shire, Creswick Borough, Bungaree, Ballaarat City, Ballaarat East and Sebastopol.[2]

Wellington was abolished in 1940, soon after new provinces of Ballarat, Doutta Galla, Higinbotham and Monash were created in 1937.[1]

Members for Wellington Province

Three members were elected to the province initially; four from the expansion of the Council in 1889;[3] two from the redistribution of 1904 when several new provinces including Bendigo, Melbourne West and Melbourne North were created.[1]

Member 1 Term Member 2 Term Member 3 Term    
Henry Cuthbert Nov. 1882 – April 1907 George Belcher Nov. 1882 – Sep. 1886 James Campbell Nov. 1882 – May? 1886 [r]
Henry Gore Sep. 1886 – Sep. 1892 David Ham July 1886[b] – May 1904 Member 4 Term
Emanuel Steinfeld Sep. 1892 – April 1893 Edward Morey Sep. 1889 – May 1904
Thomas Wanliss July 1893[b] – Sep. 1898
Frederick Brawn May 1907[b] – May 1934 John Y. McDonald Sep. 1898 – Jan. 1917        
Alexander Bell Mar. 1917[b] – Mar. 1931
George Bolster June 1934 – June 1940 Alfred Pittard June 1931 – June 1937


[b] = by-election
[r] = resigned


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Re-Member (Former Members)". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  2. "The Legislative Council Act 1881". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  3. "The Legislative Council Elections". The Argus. 30 August 1889. Retrieved 16 May 2013.

Coordinates: 37°10′S 143°45′E / 37.167°S 143.750°E / -37.167; 143.750

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