Division of Fawkner

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Australian House of Representatives Division
NamesakeJohn Pascoe Fawkner

The Division of Fawkner was an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was created in 1906 as a replacement for Southern Melbourne, and was abolished itself in 1969. It was named for John Pascoe Fawkner, one of the founders of Melbourne. It was located in the inner southern suburbs of Melbourne, including at various times Prahran, South Yarra, St Kilda and Toorak. It was usually a safe conservative seat, but was occasionally won by the Australian Labor Party.

The seat is best known as the starting point for the career of future Prime Minister Harold Holt, who held the seat from 1935 until 1949, when he followed most of its wealthier portion into Higgins.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  George Fairbairn
Independent Protectionist 12 December 1906
26 May 1909
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Toorak. Lost seat. Later elected to the Senate in 1917
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
31 May 1913
  Joseph Hannan
Labor 31 May 1913
5 May 1917
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Albert Park. Lost seat. Later appointed to the Senate in 1924
  George Maxwell
Nationalist 5 May 1917
September 1929
Died in office
  Independent Nationalist September 1929 –
2 December 1929
  Australian 2 December 1929 –
May 1930
  Independent May 1930 –
7 May 1931
  United Australia 7 May 1931 –
25 June 1935
  Harold Holt
United Australia 17 August 1935
21 February 1945
Served as minister under Menzies and Fadden. Transferred to the Division of Higgins
  Liberal 21 February 1945–
10 December 1949
  Bill Bourke
Labor 10 December 1949
April 1955
Lost seat
  Labor (Anti-Communist) April 1955
10 December 1955
  Peter Howson
Liberal 10 December 1955
25 October 1969
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Menzies. Served as minister under Menzies, Holt, McEwen and Gorton. Transferred to the Division of Casey after Fawkner was abolished in 1969

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