Division of Cook (1906–1955)

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The Division of Cook was an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. The division was created in 1906 and abolished in 1955. The Division was named for James Cook, who explored the east coast of Australia in 1770. It was located in the inner suburbs of Sydney, taking in the suburbs of Alexandria, Redfern and Surry Hills. It has been a safe seat for the Australian Labor Party, but in the 1930s and 1940s it was fiercely contested between Federal Labor and Lang Labor factions of the party.

Australian House of Representatives Division
NamesakeJames Cook


Image Member Party Term Notes
    James Catts
Labor 12 December 1906
April 1922
Lost seat
  Majority Labor April 1922 –
16 December 1922
    Edward Riley
Labor 16 December 1922
15 September 1934
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Scullin. Lost seat
    Jock Garden
Labor (NSW) 15 September 1934
February 1936
Lost preselection and retired
  Labor February 1936 –
21 September 1937
    Tom Sheehan
Labor 23 October 1937
2 May 1940
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Curtin, Forde and Chifley. Died in office
  Labor (Non-Communist) 2 May 1940 –
February 1941
  Labor February 1941 –
26 March 1955
    Jim Cope
Labor 21 May 1955
10 December 1955
Transferred to the Division of Watson after Cook was abolished in 1955

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