Division of La Trobe

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La Trobe
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of La Trobe 2010.png
Division of La Trobe (green) in Victoria
Created1949
MPJason Wood
PartyLiberal
NamesakeCharles La Trobe
Electors97,956 (2010)
Area558 km2 (215.4 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

The Division of La Trobe is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It covers the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. At first it was closer to the city, but boundaries have since been changed. It originally included the suburbs of Croydon, Dandenong, Ferntree Gully and Ringwood. It now includes Boronia, Belgrave, Ferntree Gully, Berwick, Beaconsfield, Officer, Gembrook, Emerald and Cockatoo.[1]

The Division was set up in 1949, and named after Charles La Trobe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria.[1]

Members[change | change source]

Member Party Term
  Richard Casey Liberal 1949–1960
  John Jess Liberal 1960–1972
  Tony Lamb Labor 1972–1975
  Marshall Baillieu Liberal 1975–1980
  Peter Milton Labor 1980–1990
  Bob Charles Liberal 1990–2004
  Jason Wood Liberal 2004–2010
  Laura Smyth Labor 2010–2013
  Jason Wood Liberal 2013–present

The first person to hold the seat was Richard Casey, Baron Casey, later the 16th Governor-General of Australia. He was later given a seat in the British House of Lords. The Division of Casey, which is next to La Trobe, is named after him. In 1961, the division was the subject of a book, Parties and People: A Survey Based on the La Trobe Electorate, by Creighton Burns.

Election results[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Profile of the electoral division of La Trobe (Vic)". Australian Electoral Commission. 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.

Other websites[change | change source]

Coordinates: 37°58′16″S 145°25′26″E / 37.971°S 145.424°E / -37.971; 145.424