Pastoral Districts of Moreton, Wide Bay, Burnett, and Maranoa
New South WalesLegislative Council
StateNew South Wales
Created1851
Abolished1856

The Electoral district of Pastoral Districts of Moreton, Wide Bay, Burnett, and Maranoa 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 was named after the early settlements of Moreton Bay; Wide Bay, near Maryborough; the Burnett River, near Bundaberg; the Maranoa region of South-western Queensland. These became part of Queensland on its establishment in 1859.

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 Moreton, Wide Bay, Burnett and Maranoa.

Members

Member Term
Francis Bigge[2] Sep 1851 – Dec 1852
Richard Smith[3] Mar 1853 – Feb 1856

Election results

1851

1851 New South Wales colonial election, 25 September:
Pastoral Districts of Moreton, Wide Bay, Burnett, and Maranoa [4]
Candidate Votes %
Francis Edward Bigge unopposed  

1853

Francis Bigge resigned in December 1852.[2]

Moreton, Wide Bay, Burnett, and Maranoa by-election
3 March 1853 [5]
Candidate Votes %
Richard Smith unopposed  

See also

References

  1. ^ "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. ^ a b "Mr Francis Edward Bigge (1820-1915)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Mr Richard Joseph Smith (1819-1883)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Election for Moreton, Wide Bay, Burnett, and Maranoa". Freeman's Journal. 25 September 1851. p. 10. Retrieved 30 May 2019 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "Moreton Bay". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 March 1853. p. 3. Retrieved 7 June 2019 – via Trove.