Electoral district of Ballarat West

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Ballarat West
VictoriaLegislative Assembly
Electoral district of Ballaarat West, Victoria - 1859.png
Location in Victoria, 1859
State Victoria
Dates current 1859–1927, 1992–2014
Electors 43,964 (2010)
Area 135 km2 (52.1 sq mi)
Demographic Urbanised Rural

The Electoral district of Ballarat West (initially spelt Ballaarat West)[1] was an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly in Australia. It had two periods of existence, firstly between 1859 and 1927 and from 1992 to 2014. Unlike Ballarat East which had a rural character, Ballarat West was mostly urban, taking in much of Ballarat itself and its southern and western suburbs.

The seat was abolished in 2014 and replaced by Wendouree.


Members for Ballarat West[edit]

Three members from 1877[2] to 1889.[3]

First incarnation (1859–1927)
Member 1 Party Term Member 2 Party Term        
  John Bailey Unaligned 1859–1861   Robert Serjeant Unaligned 1859–1861
  Duncan Gillies Unaligned 1861–1868   William Collard Smith Unaligned 1861–1864
  Robert Lewis Unaligned 1864
  William Vale Unaligned 1864–65, 1865–69
  Charles Jones Unaligned 1868–69, 1869, 1869–71   John James Unaligned 1869–1870
  Sir Archibald Michie Unaligned 1870–1871
  Joseph Jones Unaligned 1871–1875   William Collard Smith Unaligned 1871–1892
  George Fincham Unaligned 1875–1886 Member 3 Party Term
  Henry Bell Unaligned 1877–1886
  Charles Jones Unaligned 1886–1889
  Richard Vale Unaligned 1886–1889
  Joseph Kirton Unaligned 1889–1894        
  William Collard Smith Unaligned 1894   Richard Vale Unaligned 1892–
  Joseph Kirton Unaligned 1894–1904       "         "         "         –1902
  Charles Shoppee Ministerialist 1902–1904
  Harry Bennett Labor 1904–1907        
  Joseph Kirton Unaligned 1907–1908
  Andrew McKissock Labor 1908–1911
  Matthew Baird Commonwealth Liberal 1911–1917
  Economy 1917–1918
  Nationalist 1918–1927
Second incarnation (1992–2014)
Member Party Term
  Paul Jenkins Liberal 1992–1999
  Karen Overington Labor 1999–2010
  Sharon Knight Labor 2010–2014

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2010: Ballarat West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Craig Coltman 17,230 43.60 +5.66
Labor Sharon Knight 16,446 41.62 −5.49
Greens Leon Dwyer 3,876 9.81 −0.08
Family First Dale Butterfield 1,284 3.25 −1.78
Country Alliance Carl Wesley 681 1.72 +1.72
Total formal votes 39,517 95.78 −0.56
Informal votes 1,740 4.22 +0.56
Turnout 41,257 93.84 +1.55
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Sharon Knight 20,175 51.05 −5.55
Liberal Craig Coltman 19,342 48.95 +5.55
Labor hold Swing −5.55

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An Act to alter the Electoral Districts of Victoria and to increase the number of Members of the Legislative Assembly thereof." (pdf). Australasian Legal Information Institute. 1858. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "The New Victorian Legislative Assembly". South Australian Register. 19 May 1877. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "The New Victorian Legislative Assembly". Western Mail. Trove. 20 April 1889. Retrieved 29 August 2013.