1910 South Australian state election

State elections were held in South Australia on 2 April 1910. All 42 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election. The incumbent Liberal and Democratic Union (LDU) government led by Premier of South Australia Archibald Peake was defeated by the United Labor Party (ULP) led by John Verran. Each of the 13 districts elected multiple members, with voters casting multiple votes. The Peake LDU minority government had replaced the Price ULP/LDU coalition government in June 1909. The 1910 election was the first to result in a South Australian majority government. This came two weeks after the election of a first majority in either house in the Parliament of Australia at the 1910 federal election, also for Labor. Though a South Australian majority was won, the ULP did not take office until after the new lower house first met.

1910 South Australian state election

2 April 1910 (1910-04-02)

All 42 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
22 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
Leader John Verran Archibald Peake
Party Labor Liberal and Democratic Union
Leader since 5 June 1909 5 June 1909
Leader's seat Wallaroo Victoria and Albert
Last election 20 seats
Seats won 22 seats 20 seats
Seat change 2
Percentage 49.10% 49.59%
Swing 4.28

Premier before election

Archibald Peake
Liberal and Democratic Union

Elected Premier

John Verran


Following the election, the LDU merged with the two independent conservative parties – the Australasian National League (ANL, formerly National Defence League (NDL)) and the Farmers and Producers Political Union (FPPU) – to become the Liberal Union (LU). The parties readily approved the merger, however, the LDU which salvaged the fewest of their principles from the merger were more hesitant. Peake persuaded a party conference that 'the day of the middle party is passed', and approved the merger by just one vote. The LU was affiliated with the federal Commonwealth Liberal Party (CLP).

The two-seat multi-member district of Northern Territory was abolished in 1911, reducing the House of Assembly to 40 seats.


House of Assembly (FPTP) — Turnout 71.0% (Non-CV) — Informal 1.6%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal * 199,915 49.59 * 20 *
  United Labor Party 197,935 49.10 +4.28 22 +2
  Independent 5,309 1.32 –15.13 0 –1
  Total 403,159     42
  United Labor Party WIN 22 +2
  Liberal * 20 *
  • The three anti-Labor parties, the LDU, the ANL and the FPPU endorsed a shared "Liberal" slate of candidates in all but three Assembly seats and the Council, though they would not formally merge as the LU until late 1910, months after the election. The listed "Liberal" figure is for the three parties combined.

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