Division of Gwydir

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Created 1901
Abolished 2007
Namesake Gwydir River

The Division of Gwydir 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. As a result of the electoral redistribution of 13 September 2006, Gwydir was abolished and ceased to exist at the 2007 federal election.

Gwydir was named for the Gwydir River (which in turn was named by the explorer Allan Cunningham after his patron Peter Burrell, Baron Gwydyr, who took his title from Gwydir Castle in Wales). The division was located in western New South Wales, and at the time of its abolition included the towns of Bourke, Moree, Mudgee and Brewarrina.

The seat was a stronghold of the Australian Workers' Union, and until the 1940s was one of the few country seats where the Australian Labor Party usually did well. It was in Labor hands for all but six terms from 1903 to 1949. However, it was held by the National Party from 1949 onward, and from the mid-1970s onward it was usually fairly safe for that party.

Its last Labor member, William Scully, was a Cabinet minister in the Ben Chifley government. The final member, John Anderson, was Leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister in the Howard Government until he resigned the position.

In September 2006 the New South Wales redistribution commissioners decided to abolish Gwydir. The abolition took effect at the 2007 federal election. Most of the division became part of the Division of Parkes, while some towns in the Upper Hunter Shire (mainly Scone, Aberdeen, Merriwa and Murrurundi) were absorbed into the Division of Hunter.


Member Party Term
  George Cruickshank Protectionist 1901–1903
  William Webster Labour 1903–1916
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1919
  Lou Cunningham Labor 1919–1925
  Aubrey Abbott Country 1925–1929
  Lou Cunningham Labor 1929–1931
  Aubrey Abbott Country 1931–1937
  William Scully Labor 1937–1949
  Thomas Treloar Country 1949–1953
  Ian Allan Country 1953–1969
  Ralph Hunt Country, National 1969–1989
  John Anderson National 1989–2007

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