2001 Profile of the division of Gwydir

Updated: 9 February 2011

State:

New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after the Gwydir River which was named by Allan Cunningham in 1827 after Lord Gwydir. Coincidentally 'Gwydir' is also an Aboriginal name meaning 'river with red banks'.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 185 604 sq km from the Queensland border in the north to Kandos in the south and Bourke in the west.

The main towns include Aberdeen, Baradine, Boggabri, Bourke, Brelarrina, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Gulgong, Gunnedah, Kandos, Mendooran, Moree, Mudgee, Narrabri, Quirindi, Rylstone, Scone, Walgett, Warialda, Wee Waa and Wellington.

Products/Industries of the area:

Wool, beef, pork, wheat, cotton, oil seed crops, lucerne, fruit, vegetables, dairy cattle, horse, sheep and cattle studs, timber, coal and opal mining and wine growing.

First Proclaimed

1901

Members

  • John Anderson (NP) 1989–
  • R J Hunt (CP/NCP/NP) 1969–89
  • A I Allan (CP) 1953–69
  • T J Treloar (CP) 1949–53
  • W J Scully (ALP) 1937–49
  • C L Abbott (CP) 1931–37
  • L L Cunningham (ALP) 1929–31
  • C L Abbott (CP) 1925–29
  • L L Cunningham (ALP) 1919–25
  • W Webster (ALP) 1903–19
  • G A Cruickshank (PROT) 1901–03

For Current Members information, browse the Parliament of Australia Members page.

AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses

Demographic Rating

Rural

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

Enrolment: 72 930

Informal Vote: 3.95%

Turnout: 95.37%

Seat Status: Safe National

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 36.42%
  • NP: 63.58%

Enrolment: 73 637

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.60%
  • Preamble Question 0.63%

Turnout:

  • Republic Question 94.75%
  • Preamble Question 94.74%

Enrolment: 84 602

Informal Vote: 4.53%

Turnout: 95.12%

Seat Status: Safe National

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 35.12%
  • NP: 64.88%
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