Division of Corangamite

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Corangamite 2010.png
Division of Corangamite (green) in Victoria
MPSarah Henderson
NamesakeLake Corangamite
Electors101,512 (2010)
Area7,724 km2 (2,982.3 sq mi)

The Division of Corangamite is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It was one of the 75 divisions set up for the first federal election in 1901. It is named for Lake Corangamite.

It covers an area of 7624 km2 in the Western District of Victoria.[1] It has always included Colac, but now most of its voters live in the southern suburbs of Geelong and coastal towns including Anglesea and Queenscliff.[2]

Corangamite was identified as the most marginal seat in Australia for the 2013 election.[3] It only needed a swing of 0.3% to change to the Liberal Party. The Liberals received a swing of 4.22% and won the seat.[4]

Members[change | change source]

Member Party Term
  Chester Manifold Protectionist 1901–1903
  Gratton Wilson Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1903–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  James Scullin Labor 1910–1913
  Chester Manifold Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1918
  William Gibson Country 1918–1929
  Richard Crouch Labor 1929–1931
  William Gibson Country 1931–1934
  Geoffrey Street United Australia 1934–1940
  Allan McDonald United Australia 1940–1944
  Liberal 1944–1953
  Dan Mackinnon Liberal 1953–1966
  Tony Street Liberal 1966–1984
  Stewart McArthur Liberal 1984–2007
  Darren Cheeseman Labor 2007–2013
  Sarah Henderson Liberal 2013-present

Famous members include James Scullin who later became Prime Minister of Australia, and Richard Crouch who gave the money to set up the Prime Ministers Avenue in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Tony Street held a number of important roles in the Fraser Government including Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Election results[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Current federal electoral divisions". Australian Electoral Commission. 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  2. "Profile of the electoral division of Corangamite (Vic) - Australian Electoral Commission". Australian Electoral Commission. 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  3. Gordon, Josh (5 August 2013). "Swing means it's now a contest". The Age. Melbourne, Victoria. p. 10.
  4. "House of Representatives Division First Preferences". vtr.aec.gov.au. 2013. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.

Other websites[change | change source]

Coordinates: 38°14′35″S 143°49′16″E / 38.243°S 143.821°E / -38.243; 143.821