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1856 Tasmanian Electoral Act

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The Australian Ballot

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Enrolling the People


The Development of Modern Electoral Administration
a postgraduate project of the njkj/']\\'\'''\\l< and the Electoral Council of Australia 
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When commencing this research, the legislation numbering often confused me. Take for example the first New South Wales Legislative Council electoral legislation, by which 2/3 of the Council was to be elected (the other third appointed). It was passed in 1843, and is referred to as "6 Vic. No. 16". This means the 16th bit of legislation in the 6th year of the rein of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Throw in the colony of Victoria (abbreviated to 'Vic'), created in 1851 and named after the same lady, and you have a recipe for head-scratching.

Actually, the numbering still confuses me, as often these references don't include years, and when rummaging through the National Library basement it helps to have a free five fingers or so to work out just what it is you're looking for. And to know in what year a particular Monarch first occupied the throne. Below, then, is a cut and paste from Brittania of list of all English monarchs whose names could possibly appear on any legislation I might be interested in. This is more for my benefit than yours.

House of Brunswick, Hanover Line
George I (1714-27)
George II (1727-60)
George III (1760-1820)
George IV (1820-30)
William IV (1830-37)
Victoria (1837-1901)

House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Edward VII (1901-10)

House of Windsor
George V (1910-36)
Edward VIII (1936)
George VI (1936-52)
Elizabeth II (1952-present)