Division of Balaclava

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Namesake Balaclava

The Division of Balaclava was an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was created in 1900 and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It was named for the suburb of Balaclava, which in turn was named for a battlefield of the Crimean War. It was based in the wealthy inner southern suburbs of Melbourne, including Brighton and Sandringham. It was always a safe seat for the conservative parties, being held successively by Protectionist Party, Nationalist Party, United Australia Party and Liberal Party members. It was abolished and replaced by the Division of Goldstein in 1984. [1]

Divisions of the Australian House of Representatives federal electorates in Australia

In Australia, electoral districts for the Australian House of Representatives are called divisions or more commonly referred to as electorates or seats. There are currently 150 single-member electorates for the Australian House of Representatives.

Victoria (Australia) State in Australia

Victoria is a state in south-eastern Australia. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland state and its second-most populous state overall, thus making it the most densely populated state overall. Most of its population lives concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its state capital and largest city, Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city. Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea to the east, and South Australia to the west.

Balaclava, Victoria Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Balaclava is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 7 km south from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Port Phillip. At the 2011 Census, Balaclava had a population of 5,383.



  Georgeturner.jpg Sir George Turner
Protectionist 30 March 1901
8 November 1906
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of St Kilda. Served as minister under Barton, Deakin and Reid. Retired
  Agar Wynne.jpg Agar Wynne
Independent Protectionist 12 December 1906
26 May 1909
Previously a member of the Victorian Legislative Council. Served as minister under Cook. Retired. Later elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of St Kilda
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
30 July 1914
  William Watt (cropped).jpg William Watt
Commonwealth Liberal 5 September 1914
17 February 1917
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Essendon. Served as minister under Hughes. Served as Speaker during the Bruce Government. Resigned due to ill health
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
  Liberal Union 1922 –
  Nationalist 1925 –
5 July 1929
  Thomas Walter White.jpg Thomas White
Nationalist 3 August 1929
7 May 1931
Served as minister under Lyons and Menzies. Resigned in order to become the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
  United Australia 7 May 1931 –
21 February 1945
  Liberal 21 February 1945 –
21 June 1951
  No image.svg Percy Joske
Liberal 28 July 1951
2 June 1960
Resigned in order to become a Judge of the Commonwealth Industrial Court
  No image.svg Ray Whittorn
Liberal 16 July 1960
11 April 1974
  No image.svg Ian Macphee
Liberal 18 May 1974
1 December 1984
Served as a minister under Fraser. Transferred to the Division of Goldstein after Balaclava was abolished in 1984

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