Electoral district of Torrens
South Australia—House of Assembly
Electoral district of Torrens (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
|Party||Australian Labor Party (SA)|
|Namesake||Robert Richard Torrens|
|Area||18.8 km2 (7.3 sq mi)|
Torrens is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. Located along the River Torrens, and named after Robert Richard Torrens, a 19th-century Premier of South Australia, and also the founder of the "Torrens title" land registration system. Torrens is an 18.8 km² urban electorate in Adelaide's north-east. It includes the suburbs of Greenacres, Hampstead Gardens, Hillcrest, Holden Hill, Northgate, Oakden and Windsor Gardens as well as parts of Dernancourt, Gilles Plains, Hope Valley, Klemzig and Northfield.
Torrens has had three incarnations as a South Australian electoral district. It was first created for the 1902 election as a large five-seat multi-member district stretching from the north-eastern suburbs right through to the south-western suburbs – the other two metropolitan seats of 13 seats total being central Adelaide and north-west to south-west Port Adelaide. Torrens was abolished and absorbed into the new seats of East Torrens and Sturt at the 1915 election.
Torrens existed as a marginal to fairly safe Liberal and Country League/Liberal single-member seat under the Playmander system from the 1938 election, lasting until the 1985 election, though it was won once by Labor at the 1944 election. Torrens was one of just three metropolitan seats (with Burnside and Mitcham) won by the Liberal and Country League in 1965 and 1968.
Torrens was recreated in its current state for the 1993 election, based on much of the abolished seats of Gilles and Todd, as a nominally marginal Labor seat, but was won for the Liberal Joe Tiernan. Tiernan died while in office in 1994, and Robyn Geraghty reclaimed the seat for Labor at the Torrens by-election with an 8.6 percent swing. Former Senator Dana Wortley won the seat for Labor at the 2014 election.
Members for Torrens
|First incarnation (1902–1915, 5 members)|
|John Darling Jr.||National League||1902–1905||John Jenkins||1902–1905||George Soward||National League||1902–1905||Thomas Price||Labor||1902–1909||Frederick Coneybeer||Labor||1902–1915|
|Crawford Vaughan||Labor||1905–1915||George Dankel||Labor||1905–1912||Thomas Smeaton||Labor||1905–1915|
|Thomas Ryan||United Labor||1909–1912|
|Herbert Hudd||Liberal Union||1912–1915||Herbert Angas Parsons||Liberal Union||1912–1915|
|Second incarnation (1938–1985)|
|Shirley Jeffries||Liberal and Country||1938–1944|
|Shirley Jeffries||Liberal and Country||1947–1953|
|John Travers||Liberal and Country||1953–1956|
|John Coumbe||Liberal and Country||1956–1974|
|Third incarnation (1993–present)|
|Family First||Owen Hood||1,552||7.6||−0.1|
|Total formal votes||20,475||96.6||−0.1|
- The 13 electorates from 1902 to 1915: The Adelaide Chronicle
- "Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836 to 2009" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia.
- 2014 State Election Results – Torrens, ECSA.
- 2014 State Election Results – Torrens, ABC.