Pastoral Districts of Lachlan and Lower Darling
New South WalesLegislative Council
StateNew South Wales
NamesakeLachlan River & Darling River

The Electoral district of Pastoral Districts of Lachlan and Lower Darling was an electorate of the New South Wales Legislative Council at a time when some of its members were elected and the balance were appointed by the Governor. It was a new electorate created in 1851 by the expansion of the Legislative Council to 54, 18 to be appointed and 36 elected.[1] The district covered the south west of New South Wales was named after the Lachlan and Darling Rivers. On its eastern side were the districts of County of Bathurst and Counties of King and Georgiana, to the north was the Pastoral Districts of Wellington and Bligh and to the south was the Counties of Murray and St Vincent. Polling was to occur in the towns of Binalong, Wagga Wagga, Balranald, Canowindra, Gundagai and Yass.[1]

In 1856 the unicameral Legislative Council was abolished and replaced with an elected Legislative Assembly and an appointed Legislative Council. The district was represented by the Legislative Assembly electorate of Lachlan and Lower Darling.


Member Term
William Macarthur[2] Sep 1851 – Jan 1855
William Macleay[3] Mar 1855 – Feb 1856
William Macleay went on to represent Lachlan and Lower Darling in the Legislative Assembly from 1856.

Election results


1851 New South Wales colonial election, 26 September:
Pastoral Districts of Lachlan and Lower Darling [4]
Candidate Votes %
William Macarthur unopposed  


  1. ^ a b "An Act to provide for the division of the Colony of New South Wales after the separation of the District of Port Phillip therefrom into Electoral Districts and for the Election of Members to serve in the Legislative Council.". Act No. 48 of 2 May 1851 (PDF). Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Sir William Macarthur (1800-1882)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Sir William John Macleay (1820-1891)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  4. ^ "The Lachlan and Lower Darling". The Sydney Morning Herald. 18 September 1851. p. 3. Retrieved 30 May 2019 – via Trove.