2001 Profile of the division of Wannon

Updated: 9 February 2011

State:

Victoria

Name Derivation:

Named after the Wannon River which was named by Sir Thomas Mitchell (1792–1855) in 1836.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 29 693 sq km from the southern coastline of Victoria, north to the Glenelg River and from the South Australian border to Lake Corangamite and the townships of Smythesdale and Port Campbell in the east, and is generally known as the 'Western Districts'.

The main towns include Ararat, Balmoral, Beaufort, Camperdown, Casterton, Dartmoor, Hamilton, Heywood, Koroit, Lismore, Macarthur, Mortlake, Penshurst, Port Campbell, Port Fairy, Portland, Skipton and Warrnambool.

Products/Industries of the area:

Shipping, wool, sheep, beef and dairy cattle, cropping, forestry, aluminium smelting, textiles and clothing and tool manufacturing.

First Proclaimed/Election

1900/1901

Members

  • David Hawker (LP) 1983–
  • J M Fraser (LP) 1955–83
  • D McLeod (ALP) 1951–55
  • E D McKinnon (LP) 1949–51
  • D McLeod (ALP) 1940–49
  • T H Scholfield (UAP) 1931–40
  • J McNeill (ALP) 1929–31
  • A S Rodgers (NP) 1925–29
  • J McNeill (ALP) 1922–25
  • A S Rodgers (LIB/NAT) 1913–22
  • J K McDougall (ALP) 1906–13
  • A Robinson (FT) 1903–06
  • S W Cooke (FT) 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:81 344

Informal Vote: 2.76%

Turnout: 96.79%

Seat Status: Fairly safe Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 42.56%
  • LP: 57.44%

Enrolment: 82 147

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.69%
  • Preamble Question 0.76%

Turnout:

  • Republic Question 96.72%
  • Preamble Question 96.70%

Enrolment: 82 915

Informal Vote: 3.82%

Turnout: 96.61%

Seat Status: Fairly Safe Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 40.39%
  • LP: 59.61%
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