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Electoral district of Gordon (New South Wales)

Gordon was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. Originally created in 1904, replacing Willoughby. With the introduction of proportional representation, it was absorbed into the five-member electorate of Ryde, along with Burwood and Willoughby. It was recreated in 1927, but was abolished in 1999. It originally covered most of the suburbs of the Ku-ring-gai Council local government area (then known as Ku-ring-gai Municipality), including the suburbs of Lindfield and Gordon.[1][2][3]

Recent Member of Parliament representing Gordon included:

  • Harry Jago, who was NSW State Minister for Health in the Liberal party government of Robert Askin 1962–1973, and who famously failed to be re-elected at the 1973 election because he forgot to lodge the official nomination form by the required date.[4]
  • Kevin Harrold, MP from 1973 to 1976 representing the Democratic Labor Party, the only person ever elected to a single-member electorate in New South Wales representing that party. He was elected mainly as a consequence of the failure of Harry Jago to re-nominate.[4]
  • Tim Moore, MP from 1976 to 1992.

At the redistribution prior to the 1995 State election, the electorate of Gordon was abolished. The suburbs previously included in the Gordon electorate were mostly reassigned to Ku-ring-gai, with some other sections to Willoughby and some smaller ones to Davidson. Subsequent redistributions have resulted in most of the suburbs formerly in Gordon electorate now being within the Davidson electorate.

Members for Gordon

First incarnation (1904–1920)
Member Party Term
  Charles Wade Liberal Reform 1904–1917
  Thomas Bavin Nationalist 1917–1920
Second incarnation (1927–1999)
Member Party Term
  (Sir) Thomas Bavin Nationalist 1927–1931
  United Australia 1931–1935
  Sir Philip Goldfinch United Australia 1935–1937
  Harry Turner United Australia 1937–1945
  Liberal 1945–1952
  Stewart Fraser Liberal 1953–1962
  Independent 1962
  Harry Jago Liberal 1962–1973
  Kevin Harrold Democratic Labor 1973–1976
  Tim Moore Liberal 1976–1992
  Jeremy Kinross Liberal 1992–1999

Election results

1995 New South Wales state election: Gordon [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jeremy Kinross 22,928 68.0 -6.5
Labor Jan Butland 4,174 12.4 +1.1
Democrats Ann Barry 2,635 7.8 -2.6
Greens Ross Knowles 2,009 6.0 +6.0
Stop Dual Occupancy Tanya Wood 1,102 3.3 +3.3
Call to Australia Margaret Ratcliffe 700 2.1 -1.8
Citizens Electoral Council Leone Hay 156 0.5 +0.5
Total formal votes 33,704 96.8 +2.7
Informal votes 1,106 3.2 -2.7
Turnout 34,810 93.4
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Jeremy Kinross 25,108 80.3 -3.3
Labor Jan Butland 6,171 19.7 +3.3
Liberal hold Swing -3.3


  1. ^ "Part 5B alphabetical list of all electorates and Members since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Former Members". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  3. ^ Green, Antony. "Elections for the District of Gordon". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b Green, Antony. "1973 Gordon". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  5. ^ Green, Antony. "1995 Gordon". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
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