Division of South Sydney

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South Sydney
Australian House of Representatives Division
Created1901
Abolished1934
Namesake South Sydney

The Division of South Sydney was an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. It was located in the south of the city of Sydney.

Divisions of the Australian House of Representatives federal electorates in Australia

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The Division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 75 divisions to be contested at the first Federal election. At the redistribution of 1 August 1934, it was abolished and replaced by the Division of Watson (1934-69), in honour of Hon Chris Watson, the first Labor Prime Minister of Australia and South Sydney's second member.

1901 Australian federal election

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Chris Watson Australian politician, third Prime Minister of Australia

John Christian Watson, commonly known as Chris Watson, was an Australian politician who served as the third Prime Minister of Australia. He was the first Prime Minister from the Australian Labour Party, and led the world's first Labour Party government, indeed the world's first socialist or social democratic government, at a national level. From paternal German and maternal British ancestry, he is the only Australian Prime Minister not born in a Commonwealth country.

Australian Labor Party Political party in Australia

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Members

ImageMemberPartyTermNotes
  George Edwards.jpg George Edwards
(1855–1911)
Free Trade 29 March 1901
1906
Retired. Later elected to the Division of North Sydney in 1910
  Anti-Socialist 1906 –
8 November 1906
  John Christian Watson.jpg Chris Watson
(1867–1941)
Labour 12 December 1906
19 February 1910
Previously held the Division of Bland. Retired
  Edward Riley.jpg Edward Riley
(1859–1943)
Labor 13 April 1910
19 December 1931
Lost seat
  John Jennings.jpg John Jennings
(1878–1968)
United Australia 19 December 1931
15 September 1934
Transferred to the Division of Watson after South Sydney was abolished in 1934

Election results

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