Queensland state election, 1915

Queensland state election, 1915
1912 ←
22 May 1915 (1915-05-22)
→ 1918

All 72 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
  First party Second party
Leader T. J. Ryan Digby Denham
Party Labor
Leader since 6 September 1912 (1912-09-06) 7 February 1911
Leader's seat Barcoo Oxley (lost seat)
Last election 25 seats 46 seats
Seats won 45 seats 21 seats
Seat change Increase20 Decrease25
Percentage 52.06% 41.97%
Swing Increase5.36 Decrease4.73

Premier before election

Digby Denham

Elected Premier

T. J. Ryan

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 22 May 1915 to elect the 72 members of the state's Legislative Assembly.

The election was the second for the Ministerialist government of Digby Denham, who had been premier since 7 February 1911. The opposition Labor Party, led by T. J. Ryan, had two previous Premiers — Anderson Dawson in 1899 and William Kidston in 1906 — but the former did not command a majority of parliamentary support, while the latter maintained it by splitting the Labor Party. Labor had never before held majority government.

The election resulted in the defeat of the government, and Queensland's first majority Labor government. All except two members of the Ministry up for election, including Denham himself, lost their seats.

Key dates

Date Event
15 April 1915 The Parliament was dissolved.[1]
15 April 1915 Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.[2]
28 April 1915 Close of nominations.
22 May 1915 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
1 June 1915 The Denham Ministry resigned and the Ryan Ministry was sworn in.[3]
21 June 1915 The writ was returned and the results formally declared.
13 July 1915 Parliament resumed for business.[4]


The election saw a landslide to Labor from the 1912 election.

Queensland state election, 22 May 1915[5]
Legislative Assembly
<< 1912 1918 >>

Enrolled Voters 302,061[1]
Votes Cast 266,240 Turnout 88.14 +12.62
Informal Votes 4,188 Informal 1.57 +0.38
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 136,419 52.06 +5.36 45 +20
  Ministerialist 109,985 41.97 –4.73 21 –25
  Farmers' Union 13,233 5.05 +5.05 5 + 5
  Independent 2,415 0.92 –0.82 1 ± 0
Total 262,052     72  
1 335,195 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but 8 seats (11.1% of the total) were uncontested—6 Labor seats representing 24,564 enrolled voters, one Ministerialist seat representing 3,999 voters, and one Farmers' Union seat representing 4,571 voters.


This was the start of a period of Labor hegemony over the Assembly which lasted until 1957; the only breach was the Moore ministry of the 1929–1932 period.

See also


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