Electoral district of Canterbury

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Canterbury NSW State Electoral District.png
Location within Sydney
State New South Wales
Dates current 1859–1920, 1927–present
MP Linda Burney
Party Australian Labor Party
Electors 51,550 (2011)
Area 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

Canterbury is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by Linda Burney of the Australian Labor Party.


Canterbury was created in 1859, replacing part of Cumberland (South Riding), named after and including the then town, now Sydney suburb, of Canterbury. It was bordered on the east by Glebe and Newtown, and from 1880, Balmain and Redfern and stretched in the north to Drummoyne and Rhodes, south to Georges River and west to a line between Salt Pan Creek and Homebush Bay. It was a multi-member electorate, electing two members until 1882 and then four members until the abolition of multi-member electorates in 1894, when it was split into Canterbury, Ashfield, Burwood, Petersham and St George. It was abolished in 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation and absorbed into St George. It was recreated in 1927, and has been held by Labor for all but one term since. In recent decades it has become one of Labor's safest seats.

Members for Canterbury[edit]

First incarnation (1859–1920) (1859–1882, 2 members)
Member 1 Party Term Member 2 Party Term
  Edward Flood None 1859–1860   Samuel Lyons None 1859–1860
  John Lucas None 1860–1865   Edward Raper None 1860–1864
None   James Oatley None 1864–1869
  James Pemell None 1865–1868 None
  Richard Hill None 1868–1877 None
None   Montagu Stephen None 1869–1870
None   John Lucas None 1871–1880
  Henry Parkes None 1877–1880 None
  William Pigott None 1880–1882   William Henson None 1880–1882
(1882–1894, 4 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  William Pigott None 1882–1884   Henry Moses None 1882–1885   William Henson None 1882–1887   Septimus Stephen None 1882–1887
  Mark Hammond None 1884–1887
  William Judd None 1885–1887
  William Davis Free Trade 1887–1889   Alexander Hutchison Free Trade 1887–1891   Free Trade 1887–1889   Joseph Carruthers Free Trade 1887–1894
  James Wilshire Free Trade 1889–1891   John Wheeler Free Trade 1889–1891
  Cornelius Danahey Labor 1891–1894   Thomas Bavister Labor 1891–1894   James Eve Free Trade 1891–1894
(1894–1920, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Varney Parkes Free Trade 1894–1900
  Sydney Smith Free Trade 1900–1900
  Thomas Taylor Independent 1900–1901
  Thomas Mackenzie Liberal Reform 1901–1907
  Varney Parkes Independent Liberal 1907–1907
  Liberal Reform 1907–1913
  Henry Peters Labor 1913–1914
  George Cann Labor 1914–1920
Second incarnation (1927–present, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Arthur Tonge Labor 1927–1932
  Edward Hocking United Australia 1932–1935
  Arthur Tonge Labor 1935–1962
  Kevin Stewart Labor 1962–1985
  Kevin Moss Labor 1986–2003
  Linda Burney Labor 2003–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2011: Canterbury[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Linda Burney 21,417 47.2 -9.9
Liberal Ken Nam 16,115 35.5 +17.2
Greens Marc Rerceretnam 6,186 13.6 +0.6
Christian Democrats Albert Fam 1,673 3.7 +0.5
Total formal votes 45,391 95.9 +0.1
Informal votes 1,932 4.1 -0.1
Turnout 47,323 91.9 -0.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Linda Burney 24,356 58.3 -18.8
Liberal Ken Nam 17,393 41.7 +18.8
Labor hold Swing -18.8


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

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