2001 Profile of the division of Brisbane

Updated: 9 February 2011



Name Derivation:

Named after the city of Brisbane which was named after Sir Thomas Macdougall Brisbane (1773–1860), Governor of New South Wales (1820–1825).

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 72 sq km from Stafford in the north to the Brisbane River in the east to Dutton Park in the south and to Keperra in the west.

The main suburbs include Alderley, Ashgrove, Auchenflower, Bardon, Bowen Hills, Brisbane City, Dutton Park, East Brisbane, Enoggera, Fortitude Valley, Grange, Highgate Hill, Kangaroo Point, Kelvin Grove, Keperra (part), Milton, Mitchelton (part), New Farm, Newmarket, Newstead, Paddington, Red Hill, South Brisbane, Spring Hill, Stafford (part), Toowong (part), West End, Wilston, Windsor and Woolloongabba.

Products/Industries of the area:

The area is mostly residential but contains some light industry. It includes the Queensland Parliament House and Brisbane City Council Chambers. The Enoggera Military Camp and many Commonwealth Government, State Government and business administrative offices are found in the area.

First Proclaimed/Election



  • Arch Bevis (ALP) 1990–
  • M D Cross (ALP) 1980–90
  • P F Johnson (LP) 1975–80
  • M D Cross (ALP) 1961–75
  • G Lawson (ALP) 1931–61
  • D C Cameron (NAT) 1919–31
  • W F Finlayson (ALP) 1910–19
  • J F G Foxton (ANTI-SOC) 1906–10
  • M Culpin (ALP) 1903–06
  • T Macdonald-Paterson (FT) 1901–03

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AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses

Demographic Rating

Inner Metropolitan

Statistical information
3 October 1998 Election 6 November 1999 Referendum 10 November 2001 Election

Enrolment: 89 164

Informal Vote: 2.79%

Turnout: 92.78%

Seat Status: Marginal Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 54.59%
  • LP: 45.41%

Enrolment: 91 109

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.73%
  • Preamble Question 0.85%


  • Republic Question 92.99%
  • Preamble Question 92.99%

Enrolment: 95 781

Informal Vote: 3.72%

Turnout: 92.97%

Seat Status: Marginal Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 53.13%
  • LP: 46.87%