Division of Bourke

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Created 1901
Abolished 1949
Namesake Richard Bourke

The Division of Bourke was an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was created in 1900 and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It was abolished in 1949. It was named for Sir Richard Bourke, who was Governor of New South Wales at the time of the founding of Melbourne. It was based in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, including the suburbs of Brunswick and Coburg. After 1910 it was a safe seat for the Australian Labor Party, but was lost to an independent Labor member in 1946.


Member Party Term
  James Hume Cook Protectionist 1901–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  Frank Anstey Labor 1910–1934
  Maurice Blackburn Labor 1934–1941
  Independent Labor 1941–1943
  Bill Bryson Labor 1943–1946
  Doris Blackburn Independent Labor 1946–1949

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