Electoral district of North Shore

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North Shore
New South WalesLegislative Assembly
NSW Electoral District 2019 - North Shore.png
Location within Sydney
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1920–1927
MPFelicity Wilson
Electors55,332 (2019)
Area25.09 km2 (9.7 sq mi)
Electorates around North Shore:
Lane Cove Willoughby Manly
Lane Cove
North Shore Vaucluse
Balmain Sydney Vaucluse

North Shore is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales, located on Sydney's lower North Shore. It is currently held by Liberal MP Felicity Wilson.


North Shore was originally created as a five-member electorate with the introduction of proportional representation in 1920, replacing Middle Harbour, Mosman, St Leonards and Willoughby and named after the North Shore of Sydney Harbour. It was abolished in 1927 and replaced by Lane Cove, Manly, Mosman, Neutral Bay, North Sydney and Willoughby. It was recreated in 1981, replacing Kirribilli.

It was originally expected to be a very safe Liberal seat; northern Sydney has been the power base for the Liberals and their predecessors for over a century. However, it was held by independents from 1981 to 1991—most notably Ted Mack from 1981 to 1988. The Liberals did not take the seat until 1991, but have held it with virtually no difficulty since then.

While Labor frequently runs dead in northern Sydney, North Shore is very unfriendly territory for Labor even by northern Sydney standards. Labor has never tallied more than 37 percent of the two-party vote. In the last four elections, Labor candidates have been pushed into third place, and have struggled to get to 20 percent of the primary vote.

The seat is almost entirely within the blue-ribbon federal seat of North Sydney.

Members for North Shore[edit]

Five members (1920—1927)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Alfred Reid Independent Nationalist 1920–1922   (Sir) Arthur Cocks Nationalist 1920–1925   Reginald Weaver Nationalist 1920–1925   Richard Arthur Nationalist 1920–1927   Cecil Murphy Labor 1920–1927
  Nationalist 1922–1922    
  William Fell Independent Nationalist 1922–1927    
  Alick Kay Independent 1925–1926   Alfred Reid Nationalist 1925–1927
  Arthur Tonge Labor 1926–1927
Single-member (1981—present)
Member Party Term
  Ted Mack Independent 1981–1988
  Robyn Read Independent 1988–1991
  Phillip Smiles Liberal 1991–1993
  Jillian Skinner Liberal 1994–2017
  Felicity Wilson Liberal 2017–present

Election results[edit]

2019 New South Wales state election: North Shore[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Felicity Wilson 22,261 46.60 −11.46
Independent Carolyn Corrigan 9,341 19.55 +19.55
Labor Michael Lester 5,900 12.35 −1.44
Greens Toby Pettigrew 5,393 11.29 −3.32
Keep Sydney Open Colin Furphy 1,993 4.17 +4.17
Animal Justice Olivia Bouchier 827 1.73 +1.73
Liberal Democrats Sam Gunning 785 1.64 +1.64
Sustainable Australia Victoria Boast 661 1.38 +1.38
Conservatives Jeffrey Grimshaw 613 1.28 +1.28
Total formal votes 47,774 98.52 +0.48
Informal votes 719 1.48 −0.48
Turnout 48,493 87.64 −0.53
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Felicity Wilson 25,032 67.85 −4.07
Labor Michael Lester 11,863 32.15 +4.07
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal Felicity Wilson 23,917 61.13 −10.06
Independent Carolyn Corrigan 15,209 38.87 +38.87
Liberal hold Swing N/A


External links[edit]

  • "North Shore". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 30 April 2015.