Division of Denison

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Denison
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Denison 2010.png
Division of Denison (green) in Tasmania
Created: 1903
MP: Andrew Wilkie
Party: Independent
Namesake: William Denison
Electors: 71,350 (2010)
Area: 288 km² (111 sq mi)
Demographic: Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Denison is an Australian electoral division in Tasmania. It was set up in 1903 and is named for Sir William Denison, the Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land 1847-55 and Governor of New South Wales 1855–61.[1] It is covers an area of 289 km² around central Hobart.[1] It includes the suburbs of Glenorchy, New Town and Taroona.[1]

Members[change | edit source]

Member Party Term
  Sir Philip Fysh Protectionist 1903–1906
  Anti-Socialist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  William Laird Smith Labor 1910–1916
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  David O'Keefe Labor 1922–1925
  Sir John Gellibrand Nationalist 1925–1928
  Charles Culley Labor 1928–1931
  Arthur Hutchin United Australia 1931–1934
  Gerald Mahoney Labor 1934–1940
  Arthur Beck United Australia 1940–1943
  John Gaha Labor 1943–1949
  Athol Townley Liberal 1949–1964
  Adrian Gibson Liberal 1964–1969
  Robert Solomon Liberal 1969–1972
  John Coates Labor 1972–1975
  Michael Hodgman Liberal 1975–1987
  Duncan Kerr Labor 1987–2010
  Andrew Wilkie Independent 2010–present

Sir Philip Fysh was a member of the first federal Cabinet. Athol Townley was the Minister for Defence in the Menzies Government. Townley resigned in 1964 when he was named Ambassador to the United States, but he died before taking up the appointment. Andrew Wilkie resigned from his position in an Australian intelligence agency. He believed that information was being misrepresented by the Howard Government for political purposes during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Denison has had 16 different members, the most of any federal electorate.

Election results[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Profile of the electoral division of Denison (Tas)". Australian Electoral Commission. 2013. http://www.aec.gov.au/profiles/tas/denison.htm. Retrieved 5 August 2013.

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Coordinates: 42°53′17″S 147°14′38″E / 42.888°S 147.244°E / -42.888; 147.244