Melbourne West Province

Coordinates: 37°49′S 144°56′E / 37.817°S 144.933°E / -37.817; 144.933
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Melbourne West
VictoriaLegislative Council
NamesakeWest Melbourne, Victoria

Melbourne West Province was an electorate of the Victorian Legislative Council from 1904 until 2006.[1]

It was created in June 1904 when Melbourne Province was reduced in size (four members down to two), North Yarra Province and South Yarra Province were abolished. The new Melbourne West Province, Melbourne North Province, Melbourne South Province and Melbourne East Province were then created.[1] Its area was defined by the Electoral Provinces Boundaries Act 1903 as:

Commencing at the intersection of Elizabeth-street and Victoria-street; thence westerly by Victoria-street and the boundary of the city of Melbourne to the Saltwater River; thence southerly by that river and the Yarra River to the Coode Canal; thence easterly by that canal and the Yarra River to Clarendon-street; thence south-easterly by Clarendon-street to Dorcas-street; thence south-Westerly by that street to Nelson-road ; thence southerly by Nelson-road to St. Vincent-street west; thence south-westerly by that street to Cowie-street; thence north-westerly by Cowie-street to Pickles-street; thence southerly by that street to the shore of Hobson's Bay ; thence westerly and southerly by the shore of Hobson's Bay and westerly by the shore of Port Phillip Bay to the west boundary of the town of Williamstown (as described in the Local Government Act 1890) ; thence north by the said boundary to Stony Creek ; thence north-westerly by that creek to Reid-street; thence west by that street to the Geelong-road ; thence south-westerly, west, and southerly by that road to the Kororoit Creek ; thence northerly by that creek to the west boundary of section 18, parish of Cut-Paw-Paw ; thence north by the west boundaries of sections 18, 19, and 22 to the Saltwater River ; thence easterly by that river to Maribyrnong-road ; thence easterly by that road and the south boundary of allotment i), section 5, parish of Doutta Galla, to the Moonee Ponds; thence southerly by the Moonee Ponds to Flemington-road ; and thence south-easterly by that road and Elizabeth-street to the commencing point. To include the electors afloat in Hobson's Bay.[2]

Melbourne West Province was abolished at the 2006 state election in the wake of the Bracks Labor government's reform of the Legislative Council.

Members for Melbourne West Province[edit]

Member 1 Party Year Member 2 Party
  John Aikman Non-Labor 1904   William Edgar Non-Labor
1913   William Fielding Labor
1916   Arthur Disney Labor
  Daniel McNamara Labor 1916
  John Aikman Non-Labor
  Nationalist 1917
  Robert Williams Labor 1922
  Independent 1932
  Pat Kennelly Labor 1938
1943   Les Coleman Labor
  Bert Bailey Labor 1952
  Labor (A-C) 1955   Labor (A-C)
1955   Buckley Machin Labor
  Archie Todd Labor 1958
1963   Alexander Knight Labor
  Bunna Walsh Labor 1970
  Bon Thomas Labor 1970
1979   Joan Coxsedge Labor
  Joan Kirner Labor 1982
  Licia Kokocinski Labor 1988
1992   Jean McLean Labor
  Sang Nguyen Labor 1996
1999   Kaye Darveniza Labor

Election results[edit]

2002 Victorian state election: Melbourne West Province
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Sang Nguyen 78,617 60.4 -0.7
Liberal Peter Hammond 32,350 24.9 -8.2
Greens Andrew Ellis 15,007 11.5 +11.5
Democrats Barry Thomas 4,123 3.2 -2.6
Total formal votes 130,097 95.4 -0.3
Informal votes 6,314 4.6 +0.3
Turnout 136,411 92.3
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Sang Nguyen 91,780 70.6 +5.7
Liberal Peter Hammond 38,237 29.4 -5.7
Labor hold Swing +5.7


  1. ^ a b "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Electoral Provinces Boundaries Act 1903". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 16 June 2013.

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