Electoral district of Bendigo East
Location of Bendigo East (dark green) in Victoria
|Dates current||1904–1927, 1985–present|
|Area||2,711 km2 (1,046.7 sq mi)|
Bendigo East is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Victoria. It covers an area of 2,711 square kilometres (1,047 sq mi) covering the part of the city of Bendigo east of the Yungera railway line and surrounding rural areas to the north, east and south. It includes the Bendigo suburbs of Bendigo East, Epsom, Huntly, Spring Gully, Strathfieldsaye and White Hills, and the surrounding towns of Axedale, Bridgewater, Flora Hill, Huntly, Kennington, Mandurang, Marong, Quarry Hill, Raywood, and Strathdale. It also includes parts of the localities of Eaglehawk, Elmore, Golden Square and Ravenswood, and the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University. It lies within the Northern Victoria Region of the upper house, the Legislative Council.
The electorate was first created in 1904 in what was then a relatively strong Labor area. It continuously returned Labor candidates from 1907 until its abolition in 1927, when it was merged with Bendigo West to create a single Bendigo electorate. It was recreated in 1985 as a marginal seat and was won by Liberal candidate Michael John, who went on to serve as a minister in the Kennett government. He was narrowly defeated by Labor candidate Jacinta Allan at the 1999 general election. Allan was re-elected at the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 elections.
Members for Bendigo East
|First incarnation (1904–1927)|
|Alfred Shrapnell Bailes||Unaligned||1904–1907|
|Second incarnation (1985–present)|
|Family First||Glenis Bradshaw||963||2.4||+1.1|
|Country Alliance||Cameron Dowling||714||1.8||−1.7|
|Rise Up Australia||Lynette Bell||550||1.4||+1.4|
|Total formal votes||40,305||96.5||+1.2|
- "Bendigo East District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- Alfred Shrapnell Bailes c.1880s (State Library Victoria).
- Alfred Shrapnell Bailes c.1878; Lerk, L., "Both Mayor and Minstrel", Bendigo Weekly, 7 August 2015.
- Parliament of Victoria: Remember Database: Alfred Shrapnell Bailes.
- Deaths: Bailes, The Age, (Monday, 16 January 1928), p.1; Personal, The Argus, (Monday, 16 January 1928), p.16.