2001 Profile of the division of Watson

Updated: 9 February 2011

State:

New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after John Christian Watson (1867–1941), Prime Minister of Australia (27 April–12 August 1904).

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 33 sq km bordered by Punchbowl Road, Cooks River, Georges River Road, Hay St, King Georges Road, Wolli Creek, Bardwell Creek, Preddys, Forest Road, Xenia Ave and Illawarra rail line.

The main suburbs include Bardwell Park, Belfield, Belmore, Beverly Hills, Bexley, Campsie, Canterbury, Carlton, Croydon Park, Earlwood, Hurstville, Kingsgrove, Lakemba, and Roselands.

Products/Industries of the area:

Light manufacturing and service industries.

First Proclaimed

1992/1993

(Watson became a division in 1992 but was previously known as St George which became a division in 1948).

Members

  • Leo McLeay (ALP) 1993–
  • S C Dubois (ALP) 1984–93
  • W L Morrison (ALP) 1980–84
  • M J Neil (LP) 1975–80
  • W L Morrison (ALP) 1969–75
  • L L Bosman (LP) 1963–69
  • L D Clay (ALP) 1958–63
  • B W Graham (LP) 1955–58
  • N Lemmon (ALP) 1954–55
  • B W Graham (LP) 1949–54

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

AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses.

Demographic Rating

Inner Metropolitan

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

Enrolment: 81 571

Informal Vote: 4.98%

Turnout: 93.41%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 67.47%
  • LP: 32.53%

Enrolment: 82 375

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 1.29%
  • Preamble Question 1.56%

Turnout:

  • Republic Question 93.93%
  • Preamble Question 93.94%

Enrolment: 81 961

Informal Vote: 7.52%

Turnout: 92.85%

Seat Status:Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 67.31%
  • LP: 32.69%
Following Redistribution of Boundaries in February 2000

Notional Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 67.62%
  • LP: 32.38%
Notional Seat Status: Safe Labor
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