Electoral district of Wallsend

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
State New South Wales
Dates current 1894–1904
MP Sonia Hornery
Party Australian Labor Party
Area 116.83 km2 (45.1 sq mi)

Wallsend is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is currently represented by Sonia Hornery of the Australian Labor Party.[1]

Wallsend is a Newcastle suburban electorate, deriving its name from the suburb of the same name, covering 116.83 km². It encompasses part or whole of the suburbs of Beresfield, Birmingham Gardens, Black Hill, Callaghan, Cardiff, Cardiff Heights, Elermore Vale, Fletcher, Glendale, Hexham, Jesmond, Lambton, Lenaghan, Maryland, Minmi, New Lambton, New Lambton Heights, Newcastle University, North Lambton, Rankin Park, Shortland, Tarro, Wallsend, Waratah and Waratah West.[2] There were 56,506 people enrolled within the electorate as of January 2015.[3]


Wallsend was initially settled as a coal mining area and has developed into one of the poorer dormitory areas for the industrial hub of Newcastle. Throughout its history Wallsend has been a safe Labor seat.

It was first created in 1894 with the abolition of multi-member districts from part of the electoral district of Newcastle, but was abolished in 1904 with the reduction of the size of the Legislative Assembly after Federation. It was recreated between 1917 but with the introduction of proportional representation in 1920, it was absorbed into Newcastle. In 1930, it was abolished and partly replaced by Waratah. It was finally recreated, largely from the district of Kurri Kurri, at the 1968 redistribution.

In its current incarnation it has had three members to date. The first was Ken Booth who eventually became the state treasurer in the Wran and Unsworth governments. He was succeeded by John Mills, who was in turn succeeded by Sonia Hornery.

Members for Wallsend[edit]

First incarnation (1894—1904)
Member Party Term
  David Watkins Labour 1894–1901
  John Estell Labour 1901–1904
Second incarnation (1917—1920)
Member Party Term
  John Estell Labor 1917–1920
Third incarnation (1927—1930)
Member Party Term
  Robert Cameron Labor 1927–1930
Fourth incarnation (1968—present)
Member Party Term
  Ken Booth Labor 1968–1988
  John Mills Labor 1988–2007
  Sonia Hornery Labor 2007–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Wallsend[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Sonia Hornery 29,034 58.4 +19.5
Liberal Hannah Eves 12,291 24.7 −2.2
Greens Aleona Swegen 5,330 10.7 +2.2
Christian Democrats Damien Cotton 1,706 3.4 +1.3
No Land Tax Tony Di Cosmo 1,341 2.7 +2.7
Total formal votes 49,702 96.1 +0.4
Informal votes 2,031 3.9 −0.4
Turnout 51,733 91.6 −0.1
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Sonia Hornery 32,124 70.8 +14.5
Liberal Hannah Eves 13,246 29.2 −14.5
Labor hold Swing +14.5


  1. ^ "Parliament of New South Wales". Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "NSW Electoral Commission". Australian Electoral Profiles. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "NSW Electoral Commission". Enrolment statistics. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  4. ^ State Electoral District of Wallsend: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
  5. ^ State Electoral District of Wallsend: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.

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