Electoral district of Upper Hunter
New South Wales—Legislative Assembly
|State||New South Wales|
|Area||27,687.50 km2 (10,690.2 sq mi)|
Upper Hunter covers the entirety of Dungog Shire, Muswellbrook Shire, Upper Hunter Shire, Liverpool Plains Shire (excluding the area around Werris Creek), the northern half of Singleton Shire (including Singleton itself), northeastern Mid-Western Regional Council (including Bylong) and part of Mid-Coast Council.
In 1859, Upper Hunter replaced the Electoral district of Phillip, Brisbane and Bligh, established in the first Parliament in 1856. It had two members from 1880 to 1894. It was abolished in 1894 and largely replaced by Robertson and Singleton. In 1904 Robertson was abolished and Upper Hunter was recreated. It was abolished from 1920 with the introduction of proportional representation, but was recreated in 1927.
Upper Hunter is one of three electorates to have never been held by the Labor Party and always by the conservative side of politics since the abolition of proportional representation in 1927, the other two being Tamworth and Oxley. The Nationals have held the district without interruption since 1931.
Members for Upper Hunter
|First incarnation (1856–1880, 1 member)|
|(1880–1894, 2 members)|
|John McLaughlin||None||1880–1885||John McElhone||None||1880–1885|
|Robert Fitzgerald||None||1885–1887||Thomas Hungerford||None||1885–1887|
|Free Trade||1887–1889||John McElhone||Free Trade||1887–1889|
|Second incarnation (1904–1920, 1 member)|
|William Fleming||Liberal Reform||1904–1910|
|Henry Willis||Liberal Reform||1910–1913|
|Mac Abbott||Liberal Reform||1913–1917|
|(1927–present, 1 member)|
|Malcolm Brown||Independent Country||1931–1932|
|Col Fisher||Country, National||1970–1988|
|Christian Democrats||Richard Stretton||1,003||2.1||−0.3|
|No Land Tax||Louisa Checchin||744||1.6||+1.6|
|Total formal votes||47,296||96.9||+0.4|