Electoral district of Ballarat East

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Ballarat East
VictoriaLegislative Assembly
Electoral district of Ballaarat East, Victoria - 1859.png
Location in Victoria, 1859
Dates current1859–1927, 1992–2014
Electors40,578 (2010)
Area3,323 km2 (1,283.0 sq mi)
DemographicUrbanised rural

Ballarat East (initially spelt Ballaarat East[1]) was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Victoria. Prior to its abolition, it was a 3,323 km² part-urban and part-rural electorate covering areas to the east of the regional centre of Ballarat. It included the Ballarat suburbs of Ballarat East, Bakery Hill, Golden Point, Eureka, Canadian, Mount Pleasant, Mount Clear, Mount Helen and Warrenheip, and the rural towns of Ballan, Buninyong, Bungaree, Creswick, Daylesford, Dunnstown, Hepburn Springs, Kyneton, Lal Lal, Malmsbury, Meredith and Steiglitz. The electorate had a population of 54,127 as of the 2006 census, with 40,578 enrolled electors at the 2010 state election.

Ballarat East was one of the earliest districts of the Legislative Assembly, having been created for the second Assembly election in 1859. It was initially a two-member seat, and as with the rest of the Assembly, was largely non-partisan until 1889, when it became a one-member electorate and began to be held by more partisan figures. It was held by successive early liberal parties until they merged into the Nationalist Party of Australia in the late 1910s, but fell to the Labor Party in 1924, one term before being abolished in 1927. It was recreated as a marginal seat in 1992, when it was won by Liberal Barry Traynor, but was regained for Labor by Geoff Howard when the party won office at the 1999 election. Howard was re-elected at the 2002 election, 2006 election and 2010 election.

Ballarat East was abolished in 2014 after a redistribution of Victoria's electoral boundaries, with much of its territory going to the new district of Buninyong.

Members for Ballarat East[edit]

First incarnation (1859–1927)
Member 1 Party Term Member 2 Party Term
  John Humffray Unaligned 1859–1864   John Cathie Unaligned 1859–1864
  Charles Jones Unaligned 1864–1867   Charles Dyte Unaligned 1864–1871
  John Humffray Unaligned 1868–1871
  John James Unaligned 1871–1886   Robert Walsh Unaligned 1871–1874
  Townsend McDermott Unaligned 1874–1877
  Daniel Brophy Unaligned 1877–1880
  James Russell Unaligned 1880
  Daniel Brophy Unaligned 1880–1883
  Edward Murphy Unaligned 1886–1889   James Russell Unaligned 1883–1889
  John Dunn Comm Liberal 1889–1894
One Member (1889–1927)
  Robert McGregor Comm Liberal 1894–1924
  William McAdam Labor 1924–1927
McAdam went on to represent the new Electoral district of Ballarat from 1927.
Second incarnation (1992–2014)
Member Party Term
  Barry Traynor Liberal 1992–1999
  Geoff Howard Labor 1999–2014

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2010: Ballarat East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ben Taylor 15,758 43.40 +9.80
Labor Geoff Howard 14,076 38.77 -4.18
Greens Linda Zibell 5,363 14.77 +3.01
Family First Gary Greville 1,109 3.05 -2.03
Total formal votes 36,306 95.69 -0.47
Informal votes 1,636 4.31 +0.47
Turnout 37,942 93.50 +1.58
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Geoff Howard 18,702 51.51 -5.13
Liberal Ben Taylor 17,604 48.49 +5.13
Labor hold Swing -5.13


  1. ^ "An Act to alter the Electoral Districts of Victoria and to increase the number of Members of the Legislative Assembly thereof" (PDF). Australasian Legal Information Institute. 1858. Retrieved 4 February 2014.