Division of Bland

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Coordinates: 33°50′44″S 146°49′38″E / 33.84556°S 146.82722°E / -33.84556; 146.82722

Australian House of Representatives Division
NamesakeWilliam Bland

The Division of Bland was an Australian electoral division in New South Wales. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It was abolished in 1906. It was named for Dr William Bland, a New South Wales colonial politician.[1] Based in rural southern New South Wales, it included the towns of Narrandera, Young, Wagga Wagga and West Wyalong. Bland was held by Chris Watson, the first Leader of the federal parliamentary Labor Party and Australia's first Labor Prime Minister. When Bland was abolished in 1906, Watson transferred to South Sydney.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  ChrisWatsonSepia crop.jpg Chris Watson
Labour 30 March 1901
12 December 1906
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Young. Served as Prime Minister in 1904. Served as Opposition Leader from 1904 to 1905. Transferred to the Division of South Sydney after Bland was abolished in 1906

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  1. ^ "Origins of electoral division names". 25 February 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2017.