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09 March - South Australia holds the First Elections

Unread postby Max ADU » Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:03 pm

Today in Australian History
Monday, March 9, 1857.


South Australia holds its first elections, but an unusually large number of informal votes are submitted.
(check who was elected below)

Explorer Matthew Flinders was the first European to investigate the possibilities for settlement on South Australia's coast, doing so in 1802.

The South Australian Colonisation Act was passed by the British Parliament in 1834, and the first settlers arrived in 1836. The colony of South Australia was officially proclaimed on 19 February 1836 in England, the proclamation was made on 28 December that year.

South Australia's first elections as a self-governing colony was held on 9 March 1857.

There were no political parties or policy platforms; the candidates standing for election submitted letters to newspapers summarising their beliefs and records of public service. 57 candidates stood for the 36 places spread across 17 multi-member seats for the House of Assembly, while 18 members were elected to represent the Colony for the Legislative Council.

Election day went off quietly and successfully, in a serious atmosphere. One disappointment was the low turnout. It was estimated that fewer than a quarter of eligible voters actually took advantage of the opportunity to have their say.

Unfamiliar with the system, many voters accidentally submitted informal votes when they crossed out the names of the candidates they did not support.

This was largely because, on the morning of the elections, the South Australian Register stated the following:
"We need not dwell upon the importance of the duty which every true colonist has to perform today; all we urge upon him is that he should well weigh the merits of the various candidates ... and then ... scratch out the bad names with a good bold hand."


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Re: 09 March - South Australia holds the First Elections

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