Tasmanian Parliamentary Electorates, 1856 - 1980
 
Since their establishment in 1856, the number of Members in the respective Houses of the Tasmanian bicameral Parliament have been increased and decreased.  This has occurred for various reasons such as population growth, the introduction of Federation and  'economy' measures. However, this page does not present arguments - historical or current - for these variations. It's aim is to simply provide a record of the changes that have occurred between 1856 - 1980. For these dates the information is more readily accessible: except for the Legislative Council changes made in 1901 and 1908, which are excluded because of compilation difficulties. 

  This page could not have been as usefully compiled without the main source of the maps:
 
Scott and Barbara Bennett 'Tasmanian Electoral Handbook, 1856-1980'
NSW: Parliamentary History Project, 1983
Size of the Tasmanian Parliament since 1856
     Year
   Legislative Council    House of Assembly      Total
1856
 15
30
 45
1870
16
32
48
1885
18
36
54
1893
18
37
55
1898
19
38
57
1901
18
35
53
1906
18
30
48
1946
19
30
49
1958
19
35
54
1998
15
25
40
Source: Terry Newman Representation of the Tasmanian People - expanded edition [1983 p.45]
 
List of seats in Tasmanian Bicameral Parliament:
These lists indicate the names used over time and the number of Members for each.
 
Electoral Maps of the Tasmanian Parliament 1856 - 1980
[Because they are extant LC maps for 1851 and 1854 are included]
  Legislative Council:
LCmap1851

LCmap1854
LCmap1856
LCmap1870
LCmap1885
LCmap1893
LCmap1896
LCmap1898
1901 & 1908
LCmap1946
LCmap1967
LCmap1980
House of Assembly:
HAmap1855

HAmap1870
HAmap1885
HAmap1893
HAmap1896
HAmap1901
HAmap1907
HAmap1922
HAmap1949
HAmap1956
HAmap1968
HAmap1977
         Terry Newman                                                                                                                                    September 2008

          Note:

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