Division of Bland

Coordinates: 34°45′S 146°33′E / 34.75°S 146.55°E / -34.75; 146.55
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Australian House of Representatives Division
NamesakeWilliam Bland

The Division of Bland was a Federal Electoral Division for the Australian House of Representatives in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1900. It was one of the original 75 divisions set up for the first federal election in 1901. It was abolished in 1906. It was named for Dr William Bland, a New South Wales colonial politician. It is based in rural southern New South Wales, and included the towns of Narrandera, Wagga Wagga and West Wyalong.

Bland was held by Chris Watson, the first Leader of the federal parliamentary Labor Party and Australia's first Labor Prime Minister. When Bland was abolished in 1906, Watson moved to South Sydney.

Members[change | change source]

Member Party Term
  Chris Watson Labor 1901–1906
Preceded by
Division represented by the Prime Minister
Chris Watson
Succeeded by
East Sydney

34°45′S 146°33′E / 34.75°S 146.55°E / -34.75; 146.55