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West Sydney
Australian House of Representatives Division
NamesakeWest Sydney

The Division of West Sydney was an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. It was located in the inner western suburbs of Sydney, and at various times included the suburbs of Pyrmont, Darling Harbour, Surry Hills, Balmain, Glebe, and from 1955 to 1969, Lord Howe Island.[1][2]

The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 75 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It was abolished at the redistribution of 21 November 1968. It was the first of four seats to be held by Billy Hughes, the eleventh Prime Minister of Australia and the longest-serving member of the Australian Parliament. It was also held by T. J. Ryan, a former Premier of Queensland.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Billy Hughes
Labor 29 March 1901
14 November 1916
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Sydney-Lang. Served as minister under Watson and Fisher. Served as Prime Minister from 1915 to 1923. Transferred to the Division of Bendigo
  National Labor 14 November 1916
17 February 1917
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
5 May 1917
  Con Wallace
Labor 5 May 1917
13 December 1919
Did not contest in 1919. Failed to win the Division of Nepean
  T. J. Ryan
13 December 1919
1 August 1921
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Barcoo. Died in office
  William Lambert
3 September 1921
6 September 1928
Died in office
  Jack Beasley
17 November 1928
27 March 1931
Served as minister under Curtin, Forde and Chifley. Retired to become the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
  Labor (NSW) 27 March 1931
February 1936
  Labor February 1936 –
2 May 1940
  Labor (Non-Communist) 2 May 1940 –
February 1941
  Labor February 1941 –
14 August 1946
  William O'Connor
28 September 1946
10 December 1949
Transferred to the Division of Martin
  Dan Minogue
10 December 1949
29 September 1969
Retired after West Sydney was abolished in 1969

Election results


  1. ^ "PROCLAMATION". Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. No. 42. 1 September 1955. p. 2819. Retrieved 29 October 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "PROCLAMATION". Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. No. 79. 12 October 1961. p. 3639. Retrieved 29 October 2021 – via National Library of Australia.

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