Pastoral Districts of Wellington and Bligh
New South WalesLegislative Council
StateNew South Wales
NamesakeNew England region & Macleay River

The Electoral district of Pastoral Districts of Wellington and Bligh 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 located in the central west region of the state and covered the pastoral areas to the west of the Counties of Roxburgh and Wellington and Counties of Phillip, Brisbane and Bligh. To the north was the Pastoral Districts of Liverpool Plains and Gwydir and to the south the Pastoral Districts of Lachlan and Lower Darling. If polling had been required, it would have taken place in the towns of Molong, Wellington, Dubbo, Canowindra, Coola and Mudgee.[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 Wellington and Bligh.


Member Term
James Bettington[2] Sep 1851 – Mar 1853
Charles Finch[3] May 1851 – Jul 1855

Election results


1851 New South Wales colonial election, 25 September:
Pastoral Districts of Wellington and Bligh [4]
Candidate Votes %
James Bettington unopposed  


James Bettington resigned in March 1853.[2]

Pastoral Districts of Wellington and Bligh by-election
27 April 1853 [5]
Candidate Votes %
Charles Finch 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. ^ a b "Mr James Brindley Bettington (1796-1857)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Mr Charles Wray Finch (1809-1873)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Wellington and Bligh". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 September 1851. p. 3. Retrieved 29 May 2019 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "Who represents the colony?". The Empire. 10 December 1853. p. 4. Retrieved 23 April 2019 – via Trove.