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South Australia
Australian House of Representatives Division
Created 1901
Abolished 1903
Namesake South Australia

The Division of South Australia was an Australian electoral division covering South Australia. The seven-member statewide seat existed from the inaugural 1901 election until the 1903 election. Each elector cast seven votes. Unlike most of the other states, South Australia had not been split into individual single-member electorates. The other exception was the five-member Division of Tasmania. The statewide seats were abolished at a redistribution conducted two months prior to the 1903 election and were subsequently replaced with single-member divisions, one per displaced member, with each elector now casting a single vote.


Sorted in descending order of votes received

Member Party Term
  Charles Kingston Protectionist 1901–1903
  Sir Langdon Bonython Protectionist 1901–1903
  Paddy Glynn Free Trade 1901–1903
  (Sir) Frederick Holder Free Trade 1901–1903
  Lee Batchelor Labor 1901–1903
  Vaiben Louis Solomon Free Trade 1901–1903
  Alexander Poynton Free Trade| 1901–1903

*Though labelled a Free Trader, Poynton was an Australasian National League (National Defence League) candidate.

The Division was split into seven single-member seats at the 1903 election – Adelaide (Kingston, Protectionist), Angas (Glynn, Free Trade), Barker (Bonython, Protectionist), Boothby (Batchelor, Labour), Grey (Poynton, Labour), Hindmarsh (Hutchison, Labour) and Wakefield (Holder, Independent).

Election results

Elected members in bold. South Australia elected seven members, with each elector casting seven votes.

Australian federal election, 1901: South Australia
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Protectionist Charles Kingston 41,477 65.9 +65.9
Protectionist Sir Langdon Bonython 39,434 62.7 +62.7
Free Trade Paddy Glynn 37,450 59.5 +59.5
Free Trade Frederick Holder 37,424 59.5 +59.5
Labour Lee Batchelor 31,614 50.3 +50.3
Free Trade Vaiben Louis Solomon 27,030 43.0 +43.0
Free Trade Alexander Poynton 25,864 41.1 +41.1
Labour Thomas Price 24,019 38.2 +38.2
Protectionist Robert Caldwell 21,102 33.6 +33.6
Free Trade Henry Baker 15,760 25.1 +25.1
Free Trade Crawford Vaughan 11,874 18.9 +18.9
Free Trade Richard Wood 11,054 17.6 +17.6
Free Trade Thomas Webb 9,357 14.9 +14.9
Protectionist John Cooke 8,947 14.2 +14.2
Protectionist John O'Connell 3,152 5.0 +5.0
Protectionist George Wyld 2,858 4.6 +4.6
Independent George Mitchell 1,745 2.8 +2.8
Total formal votes 350,161 98.4
Informal votes 985 1.6
Turnout 62,982 40.8
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