Electoral district of Swan Hill

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Swan Hill
VictoriaLegislative Assembly
NamesakeSwan Hill
Electors33,073 (2010)
Area28,093 km2 (10,846.8 sq mi)

The Electoral district of Swan Hill was a rural Lower House electoral district of the Victorian Parliament. It was located within the Northern Victoria Region of the Legislative Council.

The area had previously been part of the electoral districts of Wimmera (1851-89), Crowlands (1858-77), and Donald & Swan Hill (1889-1904).

At its beginning in 1904, the district spanned the Victorian Mallee region, covering not only Swan Hill and its surrounds, but also the Mildura area. This changed in 1927, with the creation of the electoral district of Mildura. It was held by a conservative party for its entire existence. For most of the time from 1917 onward, it was held by what became the National Party. The Liberals held the seat for most of the 1970s, during the height of their dominance in the state. However, the Nationals regained it in a 1983 by-election and held it until the seat was abolished in 2014.

At its end in 2014, the district included the towns of Birchip, Charlton, Donald, Kerang, Murtoa, St Arnaud, Sea Lake, Warracknabeal, Wedderburn and Wycheproof, as well as the titular city of Swan Hill. Natural features of the electorate included Lake Tyrrell and the Murray River, which was a popular tourist destination and the centre of a flourishing irrigation area. Farming and agriculture were important industries throughout the region.

Due to the region making up an increasingly smaller proportion of the state's population, in 2014 it became part of the electoral district of Murray Plains.[1]

Members for Swan Hill[edit]

Member Party Term
  John Gray Ministerialist 1904–1917
  Commonwealth Liberal
  Percy Stewart Farmers Union 1917–1919
  Francis Old Farmers Union 1919–1945
  John Hipworth Country 1945–1949
  Liberal 1949–1952
  Harold Stirling Country 1952–1968
  Henry Broad Country 1968–1973
  Alan Wood Liberal 1973–1983
  Barry Steggall National 1983–2002
  Peter Walsh National 2002–2014

Election results[edit]

2010 Victorian state election: Swan Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Peter Walsh 22,086 75.04 +27.61
Labor Sharon Garrick 4,802 16.32 -2.19
Greens Morgana Russell 1,326 4.51 +0.57
Family First Garion Pearse 1,219 4.14 +0.81
Total formal votes 29,433 95.33 +0.00
Informal votes 1,441 4.67 +0.00
Turnout 30,874 93.35 -0.42
Two-party-preferred result
National Peter Walsh 23,343 79.33 +5.93
Labor Sharon Garrick 6,081 20.67 -5.93
National hold Swing +5.93

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "No change to Murray Plains". Gannawarra Times. 6 October 2022. Retrieved 3 December 2022.

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