2001 Profile of the division of Melbourne

Updated: 9 February 2011



Name Derivation:

Named after the city of Melbourne which was named in 1837 by Governor Bourke after Lord Melbourne (1779–1848) who was then Prime Minister of Britain.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 54 sq km from Merri Creek and the Yarra River in the east to the Maribyrnong River in the west and from Ascot Vale/Brunswick in the north to the Yarra River in the south.

The Melbourne division includes the central business district of the City of Melbourne and the suburbs of Abbotsford, Ascot Vale, Carlton, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Docklands, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Flemington, Kensington, North Melbourne, Parkville, Richmond and West Melbourne. Brunswick, Brunswick West and Brunswick East are shared with the division of Wills.

Products/Industries of the area:

Heavy and light engineering, extensive manufacturing, commercial and retail activities (including Melbourne markets and central business district), dockyards, clothing and footwear industries, warehousing and distributing of whitegoods, building and other general goods.

First Proclaimed/Election



  • Lindsay Tanner (ALP) 1993–
  • G L Hand (ALP) 1983–93
  • U E Innes (ALP) 1972–83
  • A A Calwell (ALP) 1940–72
  • W R N Malony (ALP/FLP) 1904–40
  • (Sir) M D McEacharn (PROT) 1901–04

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Demographic Rating

Inner Metropolitan

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

Enrolment: 88 798

Informal Vote: 3.66%

Turnout: 92.79%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 71.80%
  • LP: 28.20%

Enrolment: 92 933

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 1.07%
  • Preamble Question 1.13%


  • Republic Question 92.02%
  • Preamble Question 92.01%

Enrolment: 95 848

Informal Vote: 3.77%

Turnout: 90.97%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 70.09%
  • LP: 29.91%