Electoral district of Murrumbidgee

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Location in New South Wales

Murrumbidgee is a former electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales, named after the Murrumbidgee River.


Until its abolition, Murrumbidgee and Parramatta were the only electorates to have existed continuously since the first Legislative Assembly election in 1856, although before 1913 it was called The Murrumbidgee. It elected two members between 1856 and 1859, one member between 1859 and 1880, two members between 1880 and 1885, three members between 1885 and 1894 and one member between 1894 and 1920. Voters cast a vote for each vacancy. Between 1920 and 1927, it absorbed parts of Lachlan and Ashburnham and elected three members under proportional representation. From 1927 until its abolition at the 2015 election, it elected one member.

At the 2007 election it included most of Junee Shire (including Junee, Wantabadgery, Harefield, Old Junee and Junee Reefs) Temora Shire, Coolamon Shire, Bland Shire, part of Lachlan Shire (including Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and Burcher), Narrandera Shire, Leeton Shire, the City of Griffith, Murrumbidgee Shire and part of Carrathool Shire (including Rankins Springs and Carrathool).[1]

Murrumbidgee was abolished at the 2015 election with the recreated electoral district of Cootamundra absorbing Junee Shire, Temora Shire, Coolamon Shire, Bland Shire and Narrandera Shire, the recreated electoral district of Murray absorbing Leeton Shire, the City of Griffith, Murrumbidgee Shire and Carrathool and the Electoral district of Barwon absorbing Lachlan Shire.[2]

Members for Murrumbidgee[edit]

Two members (1856–1859)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  John Hay None 1856–1859   George Macleay None 1856–1859
Single-member (1859–1880)
Member Party Term
  William John Macleay None 1859–1874
  William Forster None 1875–1876
  Joseph Leary None 1876–1880
Two members (1880–1885)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  James Douglas None 1880–1882   George Loughnan None 1880–1885
  Auber Jones None 1882–1885
Three members (1885–1894)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  James Gormly None 1885–1887   George Dibbs None 1885–1887   Alexander Bolton None 1885–1887
  Protectionist 1887–1894   Independent Free Trade 1887–1889   John Gale Protectionist 1887–1889
  Protectionist 1889–1894   David Copland Protectionist 1889–1891
  Arthur Rae Labor 1891–1894
  Independent Labor 1894–1894
Single-member (1894–1920)
Member Party Term
  Thomas Fitzpatrick Protectionist 1894–1901
  Progressive 1901–1904
  Patrick McGarry Labor 1904–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1920
  Independent Nationalist 1920–1920
Three members (1920–1927)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Arthur Grimm Nationalist 1920–1925   Ernest Buttenshaw Progressive 1920–1925   Martin Flannery Labor 1920–1927
  Edmund Best Nationalist 1925–1927   Country 1925–1927
Single-member (1927–2015)
Member Party Term
  Martin Flannery Labor 1927–1932
  Robert Hankinson Country 1932–1941
  George Enticknap Independent Labor 1941–1944
  Labor 1944–1965
  Al Grassby Labor 1965–1969
  Lin Gordon Labor 1970–1984
  Adrian Cruickshank National 1984–1999
  Adrian Piccoli National 1999–2015

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2011: Murrumbidgee[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Adrian Piccoli 31,414 73.4 +10.2
Labor William Wood 8,431 19.7 -12.2
Greens George Benedyka 1,577 3.7 -1.2
Christian Democrats Fiona Bushby 1,362 3.2 +3.2
Total formal votes 42,784 97.6 -0.2
Informal votes 1,070 2.4 +0.2
Turnout 43,854 92.1
Two-party-preferred result
National Adrian Piccoli 32,260 77.9 +11.8
Labor William Wood 9,149 22.1 -11.8
National hold Swing +11.8


  1. ^ "Murrumbidgee". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  2. ^ "Electoral Districts Commissioners' Report" (PDF). New South Wales Electoral Commission. 18 September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Antony Green. "2011 New South Wales Election: Analysis of Results" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 10 December 2011.