Australian Electoral Commission

Profile of the electoral division of Dawson (Qld)

Updated: 25 September 2013
State/Territory:
Queensland
Status:
Current, boundary gazetted 15 December 2009
AEC Divisional Office:
Divisional Office contact details
Maps & GIS data:
A4 map of the Division of Dawson (2009) [PDF 1.1MB]
Map of the Division of Dawson (2009) [PDF 5.4MB]
Download GIS data
Name derivation:
Named after Andrew (Anderson) Dawson 1863–1910, Queensland's first Labor Premier 1899.
Area and Location Description:
Dawson covers an area of approximately 14 945 sq km from Mackay to Chelona in the south, and to Oonoonba in the north. It also includes the Whitsunday and Lindeman group of islands. Main towns include Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Home Hill and Ayr, as well as the city of Mackay.
Products/industries of the area:
Various small crops, prawn and fish farms, sugar growing and refining, beef cattle, coal mining related industries, abattoirs and tourism.
First proclaimed/election:
1949
Demographic rating:
Rural
Members:
Christensen, G (LNQ) 2010–
Bidgood, J (ALP) 2007–2010
Kelly, D (NP) 1996–2007
Braithwaite, R A (NP) 1975–1996
Patterson, R A (ALP) 1966–1975
Shaw, G W (CP) 1963–1966
Davidson, C W (CP) 1949–1963
Current member details:
Please refer to the Parliament of Australia website
Further information:
2013 federal election – House of Representatives results for Dawson
2010 federal election – House of Representatives results for Dawson
2007 federal election – House of Representatives results for Dawson
2004 federal election – House of Representatives results for Dawson
2013 divisional profile
For supporting information, see Party codes, demographic ratings and seat status.