The 1st House of Representatives of Howland was a term of the House of Representatives of Howland. Its composition was determined at an election held on June 25, 1949. It consisted of 30 members and was in place from 1949 to 1952. The first sitting of the 1st House was held at noon on August 5, 1949, where members were sworn in and Paul Harrington was elected Speaker of the House. The 1st House ceased to exist upon the convocation of the 2nd House at noon on August 5, 1952.

The House was elected under a system of majoritarian representation, in which its 30 members were elected to represent single-member constituencies (geographical electorates) under full-preference instant runoff voting. The Independence Party of Howland held a majority with 20 of the 30 seats, with the Howland Social Democrats holding the remaining ten. Ben Goodwin served as Prime Minister of the Independence-led 1st Government.

1949 election

Members of the 1st House

Independence Party of Howland (20)

  Name Constituency Term in Office Notes
  Harold Becker Voxall 1st 1949–1952
  Stephen Caldwell Warren 1st 1949–
  Rodney Dixon Kinlan 1st 1949–
  Ron Douglas Estuary 1st 1949–1955
  Ben Goodwin Clarke 1st 1949–
  Terrence Graves Conroy 1st 1949–
  Jim Hale Greene 1st 1949–
  Paul Harrington Mitchell 1st 1949–
  Nelson Hogan Ash 1st 1949–1955
  Marvin Hubbard Clayworth 1st 1949–
  Mark Lee Helensville 1st 1949–1955
  Bertie McGee Valley 1st 1949–
  Alphonso Murphy Whelan 1st 1949–
  Hugh Pierce Barlow 1st 1949–1952
  John Powell Kingsford 1st 1949–1952
  Orville Reeves Wyatt 1st 1949–1952
  Preston Robbins De Forest 1st 1949–
  Michael Stewart Calhoun 1st 1949–1952
  Frank Watson Three Rivers 1st 1949–
  Luther Wilkins Shaw 1st 1949–


Howland Social Democrats (10)

  Name Constituency Term in Office Notes
  Charles Ainsworth Blakeport Hills 1st 1949–
  Gwendolyn Bowman Cosgrove 1st 1949–
  Matthew Castillo Ravensdale 1st 1949–1952
  Timothy Kelley Blakeport Central 1st 1949–
  Chad Lewis South Blakeport 1st 1949–
  • Shadow Minister for Health and Education
  Ralph Nelson Warrick 1st 1949–
  • Shadow Minister for Finance
  • Shadow Minister for Trade and Economic Affairs
  Arthur Sherman Armstrong 1st 1949–
  • Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
  Shane Simpson Lappin 1st 1949–
  Diana Warner Hayes 1st 1949–1952
  Rex Wright Southway 1st 1949–
  • Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


By-elections during the 1st House

There were no by-elections during the 1st House.

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