2001 Profile of the division of Wentworth

Updated: 9 February 2011


New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after William Charles Wentworth (1790–1872), a noted Australian explorer and statesman.  In 1813 he accompanied Blaxland and Lawson on their crossing of the Blue Mountains.

Area and Location Description:

Wentworth covers an area of approximately 26 sq km from Darling Point along the southern shore of Sydney Harbour to Watson's Bay and down the coast to Clovelly. The western boundary runs along Randwick Racecourse and includes Centennial Park and Paddington. The division of Wentworth is the smallest geographical division in Australia.

The main suburbs include Bellevue Hill, Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Clovelly, Darling Point, Dover Heights, Double Bay, Edgecliff, North Bondi, Paddington, Point Piper, Queens Park, Randwick, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Watson's Bay, Waverley and Woollahra.

Products/Industries of the area:

Finance, property, service, wholesale and retail trade, tourism, education, sport and recreation.

First Proclaimed



  • Peter King (LP) 2001–
  • A Thompson (LP) 1995–2001
  • (Dr) J Hewson (LP) 1987–95
  • P Coleman (LP) 1981–87
  • R J Ellicott (LP) 1974–81
  • L H E Bury (LP) 1956–74
  • E J Harrison (UAP/LP) 1931–56
  • W M Marks (NP) 1919–31
  • W H Kelly (FT/ANTI-SOC/LIB/NAT) 1903–19
  • (Sir)W McMillan (FT) 1901–03

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Demographic Rating

Inner Metropolitan

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

Enrolment: 82 463

Informal Vote: 3.65%

Turnout: 91.95%

Seat Status: Fairly Safe Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 43.68%
  • LP: 56.32%

Enrolment: 82 922

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.81%
  • Preamble Question 0.99%


  • Republic Question 92.95%
  • Preamble Question 92.86%

Enrolment: 86 457

Informal Vote: 4.85%

Turnout: 91.73%

Seat Status: Fairly Safe Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 42.14%
  • LP: 57.86%