Division of Darling

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Darling
Australian House of Representatives Division
Created1901
Abolished1977
Namesake Darling River

The Division of Darling was an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. From 1901 until 1922 it was based on Bourke, Cobar, Nyngan, Coonamble and Gilgandra. From 1906, it also included Dubbo. The 1922 redistribution increased the number of voters in some rural electorates and as a result the division of Barrier was abolished with most of its population, including the large mining town of Broken Hill, Wentworth and Balranald, was absorbed by Darling along with Hay from Riverina. Dubbo was transferred to Gwydir in 1922 but returned to Darling in 1934. In 1948, Dubbo, Gilgandra and Coonamble were transferred to the new division of Lawson and Hay and Balranald were transferred to Riverina. In 1955 Coonamble returned to Darling. In 1977 it was abolished with Broken Hill and Wentworth going to Riverina and Bourke, Cobar, Nyngan and Coonamble going to Gwydir. [1]

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Darling was named for the Darling River. It was a safe seat for the Australian Labor Party throughout its history. Its most prominent member was William Spence, one of the founders of the Labor Party and the Australian Workers' Union.

Darling River river in Australia

The Darling River is the third longest river in Australia, measuring 1,472 kilometres (915 mi) from its source in northern New South Wales to its confluence with the Murray River at Wentworth, New South Wales. Including its longest contiguous tributaries it is 2,844 km (1,767 mi) long, making it the longest river system in Australia.

Australian Labor Party Political party in Australia

The Australian Labor Party is a major centre-left political party in Australia. The party has been in opposition at the federal level since the 2013 election. The party is a federal party with branches in each state and territory. Labor is in government in the states of Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, and in both the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory. The party competes against the Liberal/National Coalition for political office at the federal and state levels. It is the oldest political party in Australia.

William Spence Australian trade union leader and politician

William Guthrie Spence, Australian trade union leader and politician, played a leading role in the formation of both Australia's largest union, the Australian Workers' Union, and the Australian Labor Party.

Members

ImageMemberPartyTermNotes
  William Spence.jpg William Spence
(1846–1926)
Labor 29 March 1901
14 November 1916
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Cobar. Served as minister under Fisher and Hughes. Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Darwin in 1917
  National Labor 14 November 1916
17 February 1917
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
5 May 1917
  Arthur Blakeley.jpg Arthur Blakeley
(1886–1972)
Labor 5 May 1917
15 September 1934
Served as minister under Scullin. Lost seat
  Joseph James Clark.jpg Joe Clark
(1897–1992)
Labor (NSW) 15 September 1934
February 1936
Retired
  Labor February 1936 –
29 September 1969
  No image.svg John FitzPatrick
(1915–1997)
Labor 25 October 1969
10 December 1977
Transferred to the Division of Riverina after Darling was abolished in 1977

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References

  1. Rhodes, Glenn (1989). Commonwealth of Australia 1901-1988 Electoral Distributions. Commonwealth of Australia. ISBN   0-644-08083-3.