Electoral district of West Torrens

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West Torrens
South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of West Torrens highlighted
Electoral district of West Torrens (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Dates current 1857–1902, 1915–1938,
1956–1970, 2002–present
MP Tom Koutsantonis
Party Australian Labor Party (SA)
Namesake City of West Torrens
Electors 23,892 (2014)
Area 25.1 km2 (9.7 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°56′9″S 138°32′55″E / 34.93583°S 138.54861°E / -34.93583; 138.54861Coordinates: 34°56′9″S 138°32′55″E / 34.93583°S 138.54861°E / -34.93583; 138.54861

West Torrens is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. Named after the City of West Torrens because of its location on the River Torrens, it is a 25.1 km² urban electorate in Adelaide's west. It includes the suburbs and areas of Adelaide Airport, Brooklyn Park, Cowandilla, Hilton, Keswick Terminal, Kurralta Park, Marleston, Mile End, Mile End South, Netley, North Plympton, Richmond, Thebarton, Torrensville, Underdale and West Richmond, as well as parts of Lockleys.

West Torrens has had four incarnations as a South Australian Assembly electoral district (plus one as an early unicameral Council district). It was first used as district in the Legislative Council, from 1851 until 1857; Charles Simeon Hare, then Thomas Reynolds being the members.[1] From 1857 onwards, it became one of House of Assembly districts, returning two members until it was abolished as a name at the 1902 election. At the 1915 election, it was recreated as a House of Assembly seat returning two members, being abolished again at the 1938 election when single-member districts were introduced.[1] In 1955 it was recreated to replace the abolished seat of Thebarton for the 1956 election, the first time that the district was represented by a single member. It was abolished at the 1970 election and replaced with the electoral district of Peake, until reverting to its original name for the 2002 election, after a redistribution.


First incarnation (1857–1902)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Luther Scammell 1857–1860   James Cole 1857–1860
  Thomas Magarey 1860–1862   George Morphett 1860–1861
  Randolph Stow 1861–1862
  Henry Strangways 1862–1871
  Augustine Stow 1862–1865
  John Pickering 1865–1868
  G. T. Bean 1868–1870
  John Pickering 1870–1870
  W. H. Bean 1870–1871
  James Boucaut 1871–1875
  John Pickering 1871–1878
  Benjamin Taylor 1875–1876
  J. M. Sinclair 1876–1878
  W. J. Magarey 1878–1881   W. H. Bean 1878–1884
  F. E. Bucknall 1881–1887  
  Arthur Harvey 1884–1887
  Benjamin Gould 1887–1893   Benjamin Nash 1887–1890
    T. H. Brooker 1890–1902
  Frank Hourigan Labor 1893–1901
Second incarnation (1915–1938)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Henry Chesson Labor 1915–1917   Thompson Green Labor 1915–1917
  National 1917–1918   National 1917–1918
  Alfred Blackwell Labor 1918–1931   John McInnes Labor 1918–1931
  Parliamentary Labor 1931–1934   Parliamentary Labor 1931–1934
  Labor 1934–1938   Labor 1934–1938
Third incarnation (1956–1970)
Member Party Term
  Fred Walsh Labor 1956–1965
  Glen Broomhill Labor 1965–1970
Fourth incarnation (2002–present)
Member Party Term
  Tom Koutsantonis Labor 2002–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: West Torrens[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tom Koutsantonis 10,261 49.1 −1.0
Liberal Serge Ambrose 7,295 34.9 +2.0
Greens Tim White 2,454 11.7 −0.2
Family First Tim Leeder 894 4.3 +0.8
Total formal votes 20,904 96.7 +0.1
Informal votes 712 3.3 −0.1
Turnout 21,616 90.5 −1.7
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tom Koutsantonis 12,716 60.8 +0.0
Liberal Serge Ambrose 8,188 39.2 −0.0
Labor hold Swing +0.0