Electoral district of Essendon

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Essendon District 2014.png
Location of Essendon (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
State Victoria
Dates current 1904–1955, 1958–present
MP Justin Madden
Party Australian Labor Party
Electors 44,129 (2014)
Area 23 km2 (8.9 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan

The Electoral district of Essendon is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It lies just north of Melbourne and covers the suburbs of Essendon, Moonee Ponds and Ascot Vale. It was created in 1904 after the abolition of the larger Essendon and Flemington electorate.

The seat lies in the Labor heartland of western and northern Melbourne and has in recent times been considered to be safe seat for the ALP, although this is no longer the case after the 2010 election. It was held by the Liberals during the Bolte and Hamer governments usually due to preferences from the Democratic Labor Party and they also won it at the Kennett landslide of 1992.

Judy Maddigan regained the seat for Labor at the 1996 election and retained the seat until her retirement in 2010, when it was won by MLC Justin Madden.

Essendon was abolished in 1955, and Ascot Vale created. In 1958, Ascot Vale was abolished and Essendon re-created.[1]

Following the 2012-2013 redivision of State electoral boundaries, Essendon lost electors from Aberfeldie to the electoral district of Niddrie and gained electors from Flemington and Travancore in the electoral district of Melbourne.[2]

Members for Essendon[edit]

First incarnation (1904–1955)
Member Party Term
  William Watt Liberal 1904–1914
  Maurice Blackburn Labor 1914–1917
  Thomas Ryan Nationalist 1917–1924
  Francis Keane Labor 1924–1927
  Arthur Drakeford Labor 1927–1932
  James Dillon United Australia 1932–1943
  Samuel Merrifield Labor 1943–1945
  Arthur Drakeford Jr Labor 1945–1947
  Allen Bateman Liberal 1947–1950
  George Fewster Labor 1950–1955
Second incarnation (1958–present)
Member Party Term
  Sir Kenneth Wheeler Liberal   1958–1979
  Barry Rowe Labor 1979–1992
  Ian Davis Liberal 1992–1996
  Judy Maddigan Labor 1996–2010
  Justin Madden Labor 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2010: Essendon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rebecca Gauci 12,983 36.83 +3.53
Labor Justin Madden 12,867 36.50 -13.37
Greens Rose Iser 5,816 16.50 +4.34
Independent Paul Giuliano 2,540 7.21 +7.21
Democratic Labor Sarah Notaro 1,047 2.97 +2.97
Total formal votes 35,253 95.97 +0.72
Informal votes 1,480 4.03 -0.72
Turnout 36,733 92.17 +0.44
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Justin Madden 18,224 51.66 -10.04
Liberal Rebecca Gauci 17,051 48.34 +10.04
Labor hold Swing -10.04

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Essendon District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 

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