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Australian House of Representatives Division
NamesakeYarra River

The Division of Yarra was an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. It was located in inner eastern suburban Melbourne, and was named after the Yarra River, which originally formed the eastern border of the Division, and eventually ran through it. It originally covered the suburbs of Abbotsford, Collingwood, Richmond and part of Fitzroy. By the time it was abolished in 1969, it no longer covered Abbotsford or Fitzroy, but included Burnley and Hawthorn.

The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It was abolished at the redistribution of 21 November 1968. For its entire existence, it was a very safe Labor seat. It was held by only four MPs – Frank Tudor, a leader of the Australian Labor Party; James Scullin, the thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia; Stan Keon, an important figure in the Australian Labor Party split of 1955, and Jim Cairns, who would go on to become Deputy Prime Minister of Australia as the member for the Division of Lalor.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Frank Tudor
Labor 30 March 1901
10 January 1922
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Watson. Served as minister under Fisher and Hughes. Served as Opposition Leader from 1916 to 1922. Died in office
  James Scullin
18 February 1922
31 October 1949
Previously held the Division of Corangamite. Served as Opposition Leader from 1928 to 1929, and 1932 to 1935. Served as Prime Minister from 1929 to 1932. Retired
  Stan Keon
10 December 1949
April 1955
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Richmond. Lost seat
  Labor (Anti-Communist) April 1955
10 December 1955
  Jim Cairns
Labor 10 December 1955
25 October 1969
Transferred to the Division of Lalor after Yarra was abolished in 1969

Election results


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