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The Division of Lowe was an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. It was located in the inner western suburbs of Sydney, on the south shore of the Parramatta River. It included the suburbs of Drummoyne, Five Dock, Croydon, Croydon Park, Burwood, Enfield, Homebush, Strathfield, Concord, Rhodes, Canada Bay, Cabarita, Abbotsford and Mortlake.

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Lowe (green) in New South Wales prior to abolition
NamesakeRobert Lowe
Area39 km2 (15.1 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The division was named after the Rt Hon Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, a former Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, and former Home Secretary of the United Kingdom. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 federal election. It was first held by Sir William McMahon, who retained the seat for over 32 years, until 1982. He was prime minister 1971–72.

Following the 2009 redistribution of NSW, the seat of Lowe was abolished for the 2010 Australian federal election, with the bulk of its territory transferring to nearby Reid.[1][2]



Member Party Term
  (Sir) William McMahon Liberal 1949–1982
  Michael Maher Labor 1982–1987
  Bob Woods Liberal 1987–1993
  Mary Easson Labor 1993–1996
  Paul Zammit Liberal 1996–1998
  Independent 1998–1998
  John Murphy Labor 1998–2010

Election resultsEdit


  1. ^ Grattan, Michelle (22 November 2009). "Buckle up for an elections roller-coaster ride". The Sydney Morning Herald.
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External linksEdit

  • "Division of Lowe" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission Divisional Profiles. Retrieved 29 June 2007. (PDF, 184 kB)

Coordinates: 33°30′S 151°00′E / 33.500°S 151.000°E / -33.500; 151.000