Division of Barrier

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Created 1901
Abolished 1922
Namesake Barrier Range

The Division of Barrier was an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. The division was created in 1900 and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It was named for the Barrier Range near the city of Broken Hill in western New South Wales. In 1901 it included Broken Hill, Wilcannia, White Cliffs and Tibooburra and the surrounding pastoral areas. In 1906 it gained Menindee, Wentworth from Riverina and in 1913 it gained Balranald and Deniliquin from Riverina. It was abolished in 1922 with Broken Hill, Wentworth and Balranald being transferred to Darling and Deniliquin transferred to Riverina.[1] It was a very safe seat for the Australian Labor Party, although both its members left the ALP at the end their terms: Josiah Thomas to join the Nationalists, and Michael Considine (a radical socialist) to sit as an independent.


Member Party Term
  Josiah Thomas Labour 1901–1916
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1917
  Michael Considine Labor 1917–1919
  Independent 1919–1920
  Industrial Socialist Labor 1920–1922

Election results[edit]


  1. ^ Rhodes, Glenn (1989). Commonwealth of Australia 1901-1988 Electoral Distributions. Commonwealth of Australia. ISBN 0-644-08083-3.