Division of Denison

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Denison
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Denison 2010.png
Division of Denison (green) in Tasmania
Created1903
Abolished2019
NamesakeWilliam Denison
Electors71,350 (2010)
Area288 km2 (111.2 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Denison was an Australian electoral division in Tasmania. It was set up in 1903 and was 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 covered an area of 289 km² around central Hobart.[1] It included the suburbs of Glenorchy, New Town and Taroona.[1] It was abolished in 2019 and replaced by the Division of Clark.[2]

Members[change | change source]

Image Member Party Term11Notes
  Philip Fysh 1898.jpg Sir Philip Fysh Protectionist 1903–1906 Previously held the Division of Tasmania. Served as minister under Alfred Deakin. Retired.
  Anti-Socialist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  William Laird Smith.jpg William Laird Smith Labor 1910–1916 Served as minister under Hughes. Lost seat
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  David O'Keefe.jpg David O'Keefe Labor 1922–1925 Previously a member of the Senate. Lost seat. Elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Wilmot in 1934.
  John Gellibrand portrait.jpg Sir John Gellibrand Nationalist 1925–1928 Lost seat.
  Charles Culley.jpg Charles Culley Labor 1928–1931 Previously held the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Denison. Served as minister under Scullin. Lost seat. Elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Denison in 1934.
  Arthur Hutchin.jpg Arthur Hutchin United Australia 1931–1934 Lost seat.
  No image.svg Gerald Mahoney Labor 1934–1940 Previously held the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Denison. Lost seat
  Arthur Beck.jpg Arthur Beck United Australia 1940–1943 Lost seat
  John Gaha.jpg John Gaha Labor 1943–1949 Previously a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council. Retired. Elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Denison in 1950.
  AtholTownley1957.jpg Athol Townley Liberal 1949–1964 Served as minister under Robert Menzies. Died in office
  AdrianGibson1964.jpg Adrian Gibson Liberal 1964–1969 Retired
  No image.svg Robert Solomon Liberal 1969–1972 Lost seat
  No image.svg John Coates Labor 1972–1975 Lost seat. Elected to the Senate in 1980.
  Michael Hodgman.jpg Michael Hodgman Liberal 1975–1987 Previously a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council. Served as minister under Malcolm Fraser. Lost seat. Elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Denison in 1992.
  No image.svg Duncan Kerr Labor 1987–2010 Served as minister under Paul Keating. Retired
  Andrew Wilkie 2.jpg Andrew Wilkie Independent 2010–2019 Moved to the Division of Clark after Denison was abolished in 2019

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 | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Profile of the electoral division of Denison (Tas)". Australian Electoral Commission. 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  2. "Names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Tasmania decided". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 15 December 2018.

Other websites[change | change source]

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