Electoral district of Wallsend
New South Wales—Legislative Assembly
|State||New South Wales|
|Party||Australian Labor Party|
|Area||116.83 km2 (45.1 sq mi)|
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. There were 56,506 people enrolled within the electorate as of January 2015.
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
|First incarnation (1894—1904)|
|Second incarnation (1917—1920)|
|Third incarnation (1927—1930)|
|Fourth incarnation (1968—present)|
|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|
- "Parliament of New South Wales". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- "NSW Electoral Commission". Australian Electoral Profiles. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- "NSW Electoral Commission". Enrolment statistics. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- State Electoral District of Wallsend: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
- State Electoral District of Wallsend: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.