Electoral district of Essendon
Location of Essendon (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
|Dates current||1904–1955, 1958–present|
|Party||Australian Labor Party|
|Area||23 km2 (8.9 sq mi)|
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 wasn't the case between the 2010 election and the 2014 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.
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.
Members for Essendon
|First incarnation (1904–1955)|
|James Dillon||United Australia||1932–1943|
|Arthur Drakeford Jr||Labor||1945–1947|
|Second incarnation (1958–present)|
|Sir Kenneth Wheeler||Liberal||1958–1979|
|Victorian state election, 2014: Essendon|
|Voice for the West||Mario Mendez||714||1.8||+1.8|
|Total formal votes||39,183||96.1||+0.1|
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