Division of Parkes (1901–1969)

The Division of Parkes was an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. It was located in the south-west of Sydney, and originally included the suburbs of Canterbury, Burwood and Ashfield. By the time it was abolished in 1969, it had been redistributed to cover suburbs such as Earlwood and Harcourt.

Australian House of Representatives Division
NamesakeHenry Parkes

The Division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 75 divisions to be contested at the first Federal election. It was named after Sir Henry Parkes, seventh Premier of New South Wales and sometimes known as the 'Father of Federation'. The seat was vacant for a short time at the end of 1930, when Edward McTiernan was appointed a Justice of the High Court of Australia. He was to become the longest serving Justice of that court.

At the redistribution of 11 October 1984, a new Division of Parkes was created. However, this was located in north-west rural New South Wales, and had no connection to this Division.


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Bruce Smith
Free Trade 29 March 1901
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Glebe. Lost preselection and then lost seat
  Anti-Socialist 1906 –
26 May 1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
17 February 1917
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
  Independent 1919 –
13 December 1919
    Charles Marr
Nationalist 13 December 1919
12 October 1929
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Bruce. Served as minister under Bruce. Lost seat
    Edward McTiernan
Labor 12 October 1929
19 December 1930
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Western Suburbs. Resigned to become a Justice of the High Court
    (Sir) Charles Marr
Nationalist 31 January 1931
7 May 1931
Served as minister under Lyons. Lost seat
  United Australia 7 May 1931 –
21 August 1943
    Les Haylen
Labor 21 August 1943
30 November 1963
Lost seat
    Tom Hughes
Liberal 30 November 1963
25 October 1969
Transferred to the Division of Berowra after Parkes was abolished in 1969

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