Profile of the electoral division of Watson (NSW)

Updated: 02 April 2019
State/Territory:
New South Wales
Date this name and boundary was gazetted:
25 February 2016
First election this name was used at:
1934 federal election
Note: The name was retired for the 1969 federal election and resurrected for the 1993 federal election.
First election this boundary was used at:
2016 federal election
Maps of Division
Name derivation:
Named in honour of the Hon. John Christian Watson, 1867–1941. Watson was Prime Minister of Australia (27 April–17 August 1904) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1901–10).
Area
47 sq km
Location Description:
Watson covers an area from the Main Suburban Railway, Centenary Drive and the Hume Highway in the north to the South Western Motorway, Kingsgrove Road and Canterbury Road in the south. In the east by Old Canterbury Road and Prospect Road and in the west by Fairford Road, Stacey Street, Rookwood Road, Joseph Street and Olympic Dive. The main suburbs include Ashfield, Bankstown (part), Belfield, Belmore, Campsie, Canterbury (part), Chullora, Croydon Park, Enfiled, Greenacre, Kingsgrove, Lakemba, Mount Lewis, Punchbowl, Rookwood, Roselands and Strathfield South.
This description reflects local government areas in existence in 2015.
Products/industries of the area:
Light manufacturing and service industries.
Demographic rating:
Inner Metropolitan – situated in capital cities and consisting of well-established built-up suburbs.
Current member details:
Please refer to the Parliament of Australia website
Members:
  • Burke, T (ALP) 2004–
  • McLeay, L (ALP) 1993–2004 (Note: at the 1992 redistribution a new Division of Watson was established.)
  • Cope, J (ALP) 1955–69 (Note: following the 1968 redistribution the Division of Watson was abolished.)
  • Curtin, D J (ALP) 1949–55
  • Falstein, S M (ALP) 1940–49
  • Jennings, J T (UAP) 1934–40
AEC contact:
Divisional Office contact details
Further information:
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