Division of Yarra

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Created 1901
Abolished 1969
Namesake Yarra River

The Division of Yarra was an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It was located in inner eastern suburban Melbourne, and was named after the Yarra River, which originally formed the eastern border of the Division, and eventually ran through it. It originally covered the suburbs of Abbotsford, Collingwood, Richmond and part of Fitzroy. By the time it was abolished in 1969, it no longer covered Abbotsford or Fitzroy, but included Burnley and Hawthorn.

The Division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 75 divisions to be contested at the first Federal election. It was abolished at the redistribution of 21 November 1968. For its entire existence, it was a very safe Labor seat. It was held by only four MPs--Frank Tudor, a former leader of the Australian Labor Party; James Scullin, the thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia; Stan Keon, an important figure in the ALP-DLP Split; and Jim Cairns, who would go on to become Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, though he was the member for Lalor by then.


Member Party Term
  Frank Tudor Labor 1901–1922
  James Scullin Labor 1922–1949
  Stan Keon Labor 1949–1955
  Labor (Anti-Communist) 1955–1955
  Jim Cairns Labor 1955–1969

Election results[edit]

Coordinates: 37°48′00″S 144°57′47″E / 37.8000°S 144.9630°E / -37.8000; 144.9630