- Division of Gwydir
Australian House of Representatives Division
Created: 1901 Abolished: 2007 Namesake: Gwydir River
The Division of Gwydir was an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. The division was created in 1900 and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. As a result of the electoral redistribution of 13 September 2006, Gwydir was abolished and ceased to exist at the 2007 federal election.
Gwydir was named for the Gwydir River (which in turn was named by the explorer Allan Cunningham after his patron Lord Gwydir, who took his title from Gwydir Castle in Wales). The Division was located in western New South Wales, and at the time of its abolition included the towns of Bourke, Moree, Mudgee and Brewarrina.
The seat was a stronghold of the Australian Workers Union and was usually held by the Australian Labor Party until the 1940s, but after 1949 it grew increasingly safe for the National Party of Australia. Its last Labor member, William Scully, was a Cabinet minister in the Ben Chifley government. The final member, John Anderson, was Leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister in the Howard Government until he resigned the position.
In September 2006 the New South Wales redistribution commissioners decided to abolish the Division of Gwydir. The abolition took effect at the 2007 federal election. Most of the division became part of the Division of Parkes, whilst some towns in the Upper Hunter Shire (mainly Scone, Aberdeen, Merriwa and Murrurundi) were absorbed into the Division of Hunter.
Member Party Term George Cruickshank Protectionist 1901–1903 William Webster Labor 1903–1916 Nationalist 1916–1919 Lou Cunningham Labor 1919–1925 Aubrey Abbott Country 1925–1929 Lou Cunningham Labor 1929–1931 Aubrey Abbott Country 1931–1937 William Scully Labor 1937–1949 Thomas Treloar Country 1949–1953 Ian Allan Country 1953–1969 Ralph Hunt Country, National 1969–1989 John Anderson National 1989–2007
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