2016 federal election: profile of the electoral division of Paterson (NSW)

Updated: 5 July 2016
New South Wales
Date this name and boundary was gazetted:
25 February 2016
First election for this name and boundary:
2016 federal election
Maps of Division
Name derivation:
Named after Andrew 'Banjo' Paterson (1864–1941), Australian author and poet. There is also conjecture that the division was first named in 1947 after Colonel William Paterson 1755–1810 after whom the town and river within the division were named.
1 123 sq km
Location Description:
Paterson extends from Neath, Kurri Kurri and Williamtown in the south, along the Hunter River and Port Stephens in the north and along the Hunter Expressway to the west. The main towns include Kurri Kurri, Maitland, Medowie, Neath, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace and Williamtown.
Products/industries of the area:
Beef and dairy cattle, mixed farming, maize, fishing and oyster farming, general engineering, transport, construction, tourism and recreational industries.
First proclaimed/election:
1947/1949 (Division was abolished in 1984 and re-established at the 1992 redistribution.)
Demographic rating:
Provincial – outside capital cities, but with a majority of enrolment in major provincial cities.
Current member details:
Please refer to the Parliament of Australia website
  • Baldwin, B (LP) 2001–
  • Horne, R H (ALP) 1998–2001
  • Baldwin, R C (LP) 1996–1998
  • Horne, R H (ALP) 1993–1996
  • O'Keefe, F L (CP/NCP/NP) 1969–1984
  • Fairhall, A (LP) 1949–1969
AEC contact:
Divisional Office contact details
Further information: