Electoral district of Newtown

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district newtown 2015.svg
Location within Sydney
State New South Wales
Dates current 1859–1894
MP Jenny Leong
Party Greens
Electors 56,895 (2017)
Area 10.29 km2 (4.0 sq mi)
Electorates around Newtown:
Summer Hill Balmain Sydney
Summer Hill Newtown Heffron
Summer Hill Heffron Heffron

Newtown is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It includes the inner Sydney suburbs of Redfern, Chippendale, Darlington, Eveleigh, Newtown, Enmore, Stanmore and Petersham and parts of Surry Hills, Waterloo, Erskineville, Camperdown, Marrickville and Lewisham. It is held by Jenny Leong of the Greens.[1]


Newtown was originally created in 1859, and named after and including the Newtown. It elected one member from 1859 to 1880, two members from 1880 to 1885, three members from 1885 to 1891 and four members from 1891 to 1894. With the abolition of multi-member constituencies in 1894, it was replaced by Newtown-Camperdown, Newtown-Erskine, Newtown-St Peters and Marrickville.

In 1904 with the downsizing of the Assembly after Federation, Newtown-Camperdown, Newtown-Erskine and Newtown-St Peters were replaced by a recreated Newtown and Camperdown. In 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, it was absorbed into Botany. Newtown was recreated in 1927 and combined with part of Annandale and renamed Newtown-Annandale in 1950.[2]

Newtown was recreated at the 2013 redistribution.

Members for Newtown[edit]

Single-member (1859–1880)
Member Party Term
  Alexander McArthur None 1859–1861
  Thomas Holt None 1861–1864
  Stephen Brown None 1864–1880
Two members (1880–1885)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Stephen Brown None 1880–1881   William Foster None 1880–1882
  Joseph Mitchell None 1881–1882
  Henry Copeland None 1882–1883   Frederick Gibbes None 1882–1885
  Joseph Mitchell None 1883–1885
Three members (1885–1891)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  James Smith None 1885–1887   Frederick Gibbes None 1885–1888   William Foster None 1885–1888
  Nicholas Hawken None 1887–1891   Free Trade 1887–1888   Free Trade 1887–1888
  Joseph Abbott Free Trade 1888–1891   Joseph Mitchell Free Trade 1888–1889
  Edmund Molesworth None 1889–1891
Four members (1891–1894)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Francis Cotton Labour 1891–1894   Edmund Molesworth Free Trade 1891–1894   Joseph Abbott Free Trade 1891–1894   John Hindle Labour 1891–1894
Single-member (1904–1920)
Member Party Term
  Robert Hollis Labour 1904–1916
  Nationalist 1916–1917
  Frank Burke Labor 1917–1920
Single-member (1927–1950)
Member Party Term
  Frank Burke Labor 1927–1939
  Industrial Labor 1939–1939
  Labor 1939–1944
  Lilian Fowler Lang Labor 1944–1950
Single-member (2015–present)
  Jenny Leong Greens 2015–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Newtown[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Greens Jenny Leong 20,689 45.6 +10.1
Labor Penny Sharpe 13,978 30.8 +0.4
Liberal Rachael Wheldall 8,074 17.8 −3.2
Animal Justice Michael Walsh 989 2.2 +2.2
Cyclists Noel McFarlane 828 1.8 +1.8
Christian Democrats Karl Schubert 453 1.0 −0.1
No Land Tax Dale Dinham 386 0.9 +0.9
Total formal votes 45,397 97.5 +0.1
Informal votes 1,179 2.5 −0.1
Turnout 46,576 86.5 +4.0
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Penny Sharpe 27,526 74.4 +10.4
Liberal Rachael Wheldall 9,461 25.6 −10.4
Two-candidate-preferred result
Greens Jenny Leong 22,605 59.3 +4.8
Labor Penny Sharpe 15,532 40.7 −4.8
Greens hold Swing +4.8


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