Electoral district of Balmain

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Balmain NSW State Electoral District.png
Location within Sydney
State New South Wales
Created 1885, 1997
Abolished 1894, 1991
MP Jamie Parker
Party Greens NSW
Namesake Balmain, New South Wales
Electors 52,140 (2011)
Area 19 km2 (7.3 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

Balmain is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian state of New South Wales in Sydney's Inner West. It includes the suburbs and localities of Annandale, Balmain, Balmain East, Birchgrove, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Glebe Island, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Lilyfield, Rozelle, White Bay; and part of Camperdown. It is currently represented by Jamie Parker of the Greens New South Wales.


Balmain was established in 1880 and from 1882, it elected two members, from 1885 it elected three members and from 1889 until 1894 it elected four members simultaneously. Voters cast a vote for each vacancy and the leading candidates were elected. In 1894 it was split into Balmain North, Balmain South, Annandale and Leichhardt, each electing one member. In 1904 with the downsizing of the Assembly after Federation, Balmain North and part of Balmain South were combined into a single electorate, electing one member. In 1920, parts of the electoral districts of Balmain, Annandale, Camperdown, Darling Harbour, Glebe and Rozelle were combined to create a new incarnation of Balmain, which elected four members by proportional representation. This was replaced by single member electorates, including parts of Balmain, Annandale, Glebe and Rozelle for the 1927 election. Balmain was abolished in 1991, being replaced by Port Jackson. It was recreated for the 2007 election, largely replacing the abolished district of Port Jackson.

Historically, Balmain has been a working-class seat and very safe for Labor; however as with several inner-city seats, demographic change has led to a rise in the Greens vote, thus becoming a marginal seat in recent years.

Members for Balmain

First incarnation (1880–1882, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Jacob Garrard None 1880–1882
(1882–1885, 2 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Jacob Garrard None 1882–1885   William Hutchinson None 1882–1885
(1885–1889, 3 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Jacob Garrard None 1885–1887   Solomon Hyam None 1885–1887   John Hawthorne None 1885–1887
  Free Trade 1887–1889   Frank Smith Free Trade 1887–1889   Free Trade 1887–1889
(1889–1894, 4 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Jacob Garrard Free Trade 1889–1891   Frank Smith Free Trade 1889–1891   John Hawthorne Free Trade 1889–1891   George Clubb Free Trade 1889–1891
  George Clark Labor 1891–1891   Edward Darnley Labor 1891–1894   James Johnston Labor 1891–1894   William Murphy Labor 1891–1894
  Free Trade 1891–1894
Second incarnation (1904–1920, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Walter Anderson Liberal Reform 1904–1907
  John Storey Labor 1907–1920
(1920–1927, 5 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  John Storey Labor 1920–1921   John Doyle Labor 1920–1922   Robert Stuart-Robertson Labor 1920–1927   John Quirk Labor 1920–1927   Albert Smith Nationalist 1920–1922
  Tom Keegan Labor 1921–1927
  Robert Stopford Nationalist 1922–1925   Albert Lane Nationalist 1922–1927
  H. V. Evatt Labor 1925–1927
(1927–1991, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  H. V. Evatt Independent Labor 1927–1930
  John Quirk Labor 1930–1938
  Mary Quirk Labor 1939–1940
  Labor (N-C) 1940–1941
  Labor 1941–1950
  Independent Labor 1950–1950
  John McMahon Labor 1950–1968
  Roger Degen Labor 1968–1984
  Peter Crawford Labor 1984–1988
  Dawn Fraser Independent 1988–1991
Third incarnation (2007–present, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Verity Firth Labor 2007–2011
  Jamie Parker Greens 2011–present

Election results

New South Wales state election, 2011: Balmain[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal James Falk 14,860 32.6 +8.8
Greens Jamie Parker 14,019 30.7 +1.2
Labor Verity Firth 13,765 30.2 -9.1
Independent Maire Sheehan 1,375 3.0 +3.0
Independent Jane Ward 681 1.5 -1.6
Christian Democrats Leeanne Gesling 426 0.9 +0.9
Independent Nicholas Folkes 289 0.6 +0.6
Independent Jon Shapiro 223 0.5 +0.5
Total formal votes 45,638 97.5 +0.1
Informal votes 1,149 2.5 -0.1
Turnout 46,787 90.2 +0.4
Two-candidate-preferred result
Greens Jamie Parker 19,141 53.5 +7.2
Liberal James Falk 16,664 46.5 +46.5
Greens gain from Labor Swing N/A


  1. ^ Antony Green. "2011 New South Wales Election: Analysis of Results". NSW Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 

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