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East Sydney
Australian House of Representatives Division
NamesakeEast Sydney, New South Wales

The Division of East Sydney was an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. The division was created in 1900 and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election.[1] It was abolished in 1969.[1] It was named for the suburb of East Sydney. It was located in the inner eastern suburbs of Sydney, including Darlinghurst, Paddington, Redfern, Surry Hills and Waverley.[1] From 1901 to 1955 the division included Lord Howe Island.[2][3][4][5][6] After 1910 East Sydney was usually a safe seat for the Australian Labor Party. In the 1930s it was a stronghold of Lang Labor. Its most prominent members were Sir George Reid, who was Prime Minister of Australia in 1904-05, and Eddie Ward, a long-serving Labor member and Cabinet minister.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  George Reid
Free Trade 29 March 1901
18 August 1903
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Sydney-King. Served as Opposition Leader from 1901 to 1904, and from 1905 to 1908. Resigned in protest against an electoral boundaries bill. Subsequently re-elected. Served as Prime Minister from 1904 to 1905. Resigned to become the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Later elected to the British House of Commons seat of St George's, Hanover Square in 1916
  4 September 1903
  Anti-Socialist 1906 –
26 May 1909
  Liberal 26 May 1909 –
24 December 1909
  John West
Labor 13 April 1910
5 February 1931
Died in office
  Eddie Ward
7 March 1931
27 March 1931
Lost seat
  Labor (NSW) 27 March 1931
19 December 1931
  John Clasby
United Australia 19 December 1931
15 January 1932
Died in office
  Eddie Ward
Labor (NSW) 6 February 1932
February 1936
Served as minister under Curtin, Forde and Chifley. Died in office
  Labor February 1936 –
31 July 1963
  Len Devine
28 September 1963
29 September 1969
Retired after East Sydney was abolished in 1969

Election results


  1. ^ a b c Carr, Adam (2003). "East Sydney, New South Wales". House of Representatives, Index of Divisions 1901—2001. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
  2. ^ "COMMONWEALTH ELECTORAL DIVISIONS". Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. No. 51. 2 October 1903. p. 609. Retrieved 29 October 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "PROCLAMATION". Commonwealth Of Australia Gazette. No. 20. 27 March 1913. p. 725. Retrieved 29 October 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "PROCLAMATION". Commonwealth Of Australia Gazette. No. 72. 14 September 1922. p. 1355. Retrieved 29 October 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "PROCLAMATION". Commonwealth Of Australia Gazette. No. 48. 2 August 1934. p. 1195. Retrieved 29 October 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "PROCLAMATION". Commonwealth Of Australia Gazette. No. 44. 6 March 1941. p. 475. Retrieved 29 October 2021 – via National Library of Australia.

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