Electoral division of Launceston

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TasmaniaLegislative Council
State Tasmania
Created 1851
MP Rosemary Armitage
Party Independent
Electors 23,833 (January 2015)
Area 52 km2 (20.1 sq mi)

The electoral division of Launceston is one of 15 electorates or seats in the Tasmanian Legislative Council, created in 2008. It also previously existed until 1999, when it was abolished and substantially incorporated into the new division of Paterson, which was in turn abolished in 2008.

The division of Launceston includes the Launceston city council suburbs of West Launceston, Summerhill, Kings Meadows, Prospect, Glen Dhu, Norwood and Youngtown. It also included the Meander Valley council areas of Prospect Vale and Blackstone Heights. Its southern border was shared with present-day Launceston city council, its northern the South Esk River and Bathurst Street in the central business district. Its western border was Lake Trevallyn.

Most of the electorate was merged with the northern area of Macquarie to create the Electoral division of Paterson. The suburbs of West Launceston, Trevallyn were merged with the existing Cornwall to create the Rosevears. A small area became part of Windermere.


First incarnation (1851–1855)
Member Party Period
  Richard Dry Independent 1851–1855
Second incarnation (two members, 1855–1856)
Member Party Period Member Party Period
  Ronald Gunn Independent 1855–1856   Adye Douglas Independent 1855–1856
Third incarnation (two members, 1885–1946)
Member Party Period Member Party Period
  William Hart Independent 1885–1904   vacant 1885–1886
  John Scott Independent 1886–1890
  (Sir) Adye Douglas Independent 1890–1904
  Peter McCrackan Independent 1904–1916   Charles Russen Independent 1904–1914
  Tasman Shields Independent 1915–1936
  Frank Hart Independent 1916–1940
  Alexander Evans Independent 1936–1942
  George McElwee Labor 1940–1946
  William Robinson Independent 1942–1946
Fourth incarnation (1846–1999)
Member Party Period
  Richard Green Independent 1946–1950
  Arthur Grounds Labor 1950–1951
  Lucy Grounds Labor 1951–1958
  William Fry Liberal 1958–1965
  John Orchard Liberal 1966–1968
  Ray Shipp Independent 1968–1982
  Don Wing Independent 1982–1999
Fifth incarnation (2008–present)
Member Party Period
  Don Wing Independent 2008–2011
  Rosemary Armitage Independent 2011–present

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