Electoral division of Mersey

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TasmaniaLegislative Council
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State Tasmania
MP Mike Gaffney
Party Independent
Namesake Mersey River
Electors 23,828 (January 2015)
Area 237 km2 (91.5 sq mi)

The Electoral division of Mersey is one of the fifteen constituencies in the Tasmanian Legislative Council. The division covers only a small area of 237 km².[1]

At the 2009 election, the division had 23,568 enrolled voters.[2]

Mersey is named after the Mersey River that flows through Devonport.[3]

The electorate of Mersey includes part of Latrobe and the city of Devonport. The localities of Spreyton, Turners beach and Forth.

Its current member of parliament is independent Mike Gaffney, elected in 2009.


Member Party Period
  William Hawkes Independent 1871–1877
  William Moore Independent 1877–1885
  James Smith Independent 1886–1888
  John McCall Independent 1888–1901
  John Henry Independent 1901–1902
  Hubert Nichols Independent 1902–1924
  Alexander Lillico Independent 1924–1954
  Mervyn Lakin Independent 1954–1954
  Hector McFie Independent 1954–1972
  Harry Braid Independent 1972–1990
  Geoff Squibb Independent 1990–2003
  Norma Jamieson Independent 2003–2009
  Mike Gaffney Independent 2009–present