Electoral district of Bathurst

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
NSW Electoral District 2019 - Bathurst.png
Location in New South Wales
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1859–present
MPPaul Toole
PartyThe Nationals
Electors56,841 (2019)
Area14,992.77 km2 (5,788.7 sq mi)

Bathurst is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by Paul Toole of The Nationals.

Bathurst is a regional electorate that encompasses the entirety of the local government areas of Bathurst Region, the City of Lithgow, Oberon Shire, Blayney Shire, Oberon Shire plus the southern part of Mid-Western Regional Council (including Rylstone, Kandos and Ilford).[1]


Bathurst was created in 1859, partly replacing Western Boroughs. Between 1920 and 1927, it absorbed parts of Hartley and Orange and elected three members under proportional representation. In 1927 Bathurst, Hartley and Orange were recreated as single-member electorates. It was held by the Labor party for 20 years until the Coalition's landslide win in 2011, where the Nationals candidate Paul Toole recorded a swing of 36.7%, the largest in state history. Of particular note was the suburb of Eglinton, where labor support plummeted from 854 of 1,690 (50.5%) to 180 of 1,690 (10.7%) first preference votes; a precipitous decline of 79%.[2] This trend was somewhat reversed in 2015, with Toole being re-elected by a margin of around 15,000 votes, a majority of almost two-thirds of the vote, but still down from the approximate 20,000 margin from 2011.

Members for Bathurst[edit]

(1859–1920, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  John Clements None 1859–1860
  James Hart None 1860–1864
  James Kemp None 1864–1866
  William Suttor, Sr. None 1866–1872
  Edward Combes None 1872–1874
  Francis Bathurst Suttor None 1875–1887
  William Cortis Free Trade 1887–1889
  William Paul Free Trade 1889–1891
  Francis Bathurst Suttor Protectionist 1891–1894
  Sydney Smith Free Trade 1894–1898
  Francis Bathurst Suttor Protectionist 1898–1900
  William Young Protectionist 1900–1901
  Progressive 1901–1907
  Independent 1907–1907
  John Miller Liberal and Reform 1907–1913
  Ernest Durack Labor 1913–1917
  Valentine Johnston Labor 1917–1920
(1920–1927, 3 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  James Dooley Labor 1920–1927   Valentine Johnston Labor 1920–1922   John Fitzpatrick Nationalist 1920–1927
  Sir Charles Rosenthal Nationalist 1922–1925
  Gus Kelly Labor 1925–1927
(1927–present, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Gus Kelly Labor 1927–1932
  Gordon Wilkins Country 1932–1935
  Gus Kelly Labor 1935–1967
  Clive Osborne Country 1967–1981
  Mick Clough Labor 1981–1988
  David Berry Liberal 1988–1991
  Mick Clough Labor 1991–1999
  Gerard Martin Labor 1999–2011
  Paul Toole National 2011–present

Election results[edit]

2019 New South Wales state election: Bathurst[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Paul Toole 28,030 55.14 −4.75
Labor Beau Riley 10,438 20.53 −6.84
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Brenden May 7,498 14.75 +14.75
Greens David Harvey 2,815 5.54 −3.58
Sustainable Australia Michael Begg 1,317 2.59 +2.59
Keep Sydney Open Timothy Hansen 735 1.45 +1.45
Total formal votes 50,833 97.00 −0.37
Informal votes 1,574 3.00 +0.37
Turnout 52,407 92.20 −0.14
Two-party-preferred result
National Paul Toole 30,130 67.90 +2.08
Labor Beau Riley 14,242 32.10 −2.08
National hold Swing +2.08


  1. ^ "Bathurst". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  2. ^ Stevenson, Andrew (29 March 2011). "Bathurst resident's historic swing his alone". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  3. ^ State Electoral District of Bathurst: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
  4. ^ State Electoral District of Bathurst: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.