Division of Wilmot

The Division of Wilmot was an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Tasmania. It was located in central Tasmania, and was named after Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, the sixth Lieutenant-Governor of Tasmania. At various times it included the towns of Deloraine, Beaconsfield, Devonport, Latrobe, and New Norfolk.

Wilmot
Australian House of Representatives Division
Created1903
Abolished1984
NamesakeSir John Eardley-Wilmot

The Division was proclaimed on 2 October 1903, when Tasmania was first divided into Divisions, and was first contested at the 1903 Federal election. At the electoral redistribution of 12 September 1984, it was abolished and replaced by the Division of Lyons, in order to jointly honor Joseph Lyons, the tenth Prime Minister of Australia, who held Wilmot at the federal level from 1929–1939 and at the state level from 1909 to 1929, and his wife Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman elected to the Australian House of Representatives in 1943 and subsequently the first female member of Cabinet (1949–51).

MembersEdit

Image Member Party Term Notes
    Sir Edward Braddon
(1829–1904)
Free Trade 16 December 1903
2 February 1904
Previously held the Division of Tasmania. Died in office
    Norman Cameron
(1851–1931)
Free Trade 26 February 1904
1906
Previously held the Division of Tasmania. Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Wilmot in 1912
  Anti-Socialist 1906 –
1906
  Independent Anti-Socialist 1906 –
12 December 1906
    Llewellyn Atkinson
(1867–1945)
Anti-Socialist 12 December 1906
26 May 1909
Served as minister under Bruce. Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian Legislative Council in 1931
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
17 February 1917
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
1922
  Country 1922 –
1928
  Nationalist 1928 –
12 October 1929
    Joseph Lyons
(1879–1939)
Labor 12 October 1929
March 1931
Previously held the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Wilmot. Served as minister under Scullin. Served as Opposition Leader from 1931 to 1932. Served as Prime Minister from 1932 to 1939. Died in office
  Independent March 1931
7 May 1931
  United Australia 7 May 1931 –
7 April 1939
    Lancelot Spurr
(1897–1965)
Labor 27 May 1939
21 September 1940
Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Wilmot in 1941
    Allan Guy
(1890–1979)
United Australia 21 September 1940
21 February 1945
Previously held the Division of Bass. Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Menzies and Fadden. Lost seat. Later elected to the Senate in 1949
  Liberal 21 February 1945 –
28 September 1946
    Gil Duthie
(1912–1998)
Labor 28 September 1946
13 December 1975
Lost seat
    Max Burr
(1939–)
Liberal 13 December 1975
1 December 1984
Transferred to the Division of Lyons after Wilmot was abolished in 1984

Election resultsEdit

Coordinates: 42°46′00″S 147°03′00″E / 42.7667°S 147.0500°E / -42.7667; 147.0500