2004 Profile of the division of Swan

Updated: 30 September 2011


Western Australia

Name Derivation:

Named after the Swan River which was discovered and named by the Dutch explorer, Willem de Vlamingh in 1697, after the famous black swans of the area.

Area and Location Description:

Swan covers an area of approximately 108 sq km bordered by the Swan River in the north and west, the Canning River in the south and the Midland to Kwinana freight rail line in the east. The main suburbs include Ascot, Beckenham, Belmont, Bentley, Burswood, Cannington, Carlisle, Cloverdale, Como, East Cannington, East Victoria Park, Karawara, Kensington, Kewdale, Lathlain, Manning, Queens Park, Redcliffe, Rivervale, Salter Point, St James, South Perth, Victoria Park, Waterford, Welshpool and Wilson.

Map of Division:

Products/Industries of the Area:

Light industry, railway marshalling yards, commercial and retail trade. Perth international and domestic airport terminals are also located in the division.

First Proclaimed/Election:


Demographic Rating:

Inner Metropolitan


  • WILKIE, K (ALP) 1998–
  • RANDALL, D (LP) 1996–1998
  • BEAZLEY, K C (ALP) 1980–1996
  • MARTYR, J R (LP) 1975–1980
  • BENNETT, A F (ALP) 1969–1975
  • CLEAVER, R (LP) 1955–1969
  • WEBB, C H (ALP) 1954–1955
  • GRAYDEN, W L (LP) 1949–1954
  • HAMILTON, L W (CP) 1946–1949
  • MOUNTJOY, D A (ALP) 1943–1946
  • MARWICK, T W (CP) 1940–1943
  • GREGORY, H (CP) 1922–1940
  • PROWSE, J H (CP) 1919–1922
  • CORBY, E W (ALP) 1918–1919
  • FORREST, J (PROT/WAP/LIB/NAT) 1901–1918

Current Member Details:

See the Parliament of Australia website

AEC Divisional Office Address:

See Divisional Office Contact Details

2004 Federal Election Results:

  • Enrolment: 79 549
  • Informal Vote: 5.46%
  • Turnout: 92.18%
  • Seat Status: Marginal Labor
  • Two Party Preferred: LP: 49.92% | ALP: 50.08%

Further information:

For supporting information, see Party Codes, Demographic Ratings and Seat Status.