Electoral district of Burwood

The electoral district of Burwood was an electorate for the Victorian Legislative Assembly in Australia. It was located approximately 13 kilometres east of Melbourne, and covered an area of 25 km2. The seat included the suburbs of Ashburton, Ashwood, Box Hill South, Burwood, Chadstone, and parts of Camberwell, Canterbury, Glen Iris, and Surrey Hills. It was created in 1955 as part of the expansion of the Legislative Assembly, and abolished in 1967, replaced by Glen Iris. Burwood was recreated in 1976, replacing Glen Iris.

VictoriaLegislative Assembly
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Location of Burwood (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
Dates current1955–1967
MPWill Fowles
PartyAustralian Labor Party
Electors43,169 (2018)
Area25 km2 (9.7 sq mi)
Districts of Burwood and Camberwell as they applied in 1956.

The seat's most notable member was Jeff Kennett, who won the seat on its recreation in 1976 and went on to serve as leader of the Liberal Party from 1982 to 1989 and from 1991 to 1999, and as Premier of Victoria from 1992 to 1999. Kennett retired after his government's shock defeat at the 1999 election. In the ensuring by-election, his Labor opponent in the general election, Bob Stensholt, won the previously safe Liberal seat on a swing of over 10 percent.

Stensholt went on to hold the seat in his own right for two more terms before Graham Watt regained it for the Liberals. However, he lost his seat at the 2018 Victorian state election to Labor candidate Will Fowles.

The seat was abolished by the Electoral Boundaries Commission ahead of the 2022 election and replaced by the electoral district of Ashwood.[1]

Members for BurwoodEdit

First incarnation (1955–1967)
Member Party Term
  Jim MacDonald Liberal and Country 1955–1965    
Liberal 1965–1967
Second incarnation (1976–present)
Member Party Term
  Jeff Kennett Liberal             1976–1999
  Bob Stensholt   Labor 1999–2010
  Graham Watt Liberal 2010–2018
  Will Fowles Labor 2018–2022

Election resultsEdit

2018 Victorian state election: Burwood[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Graham Watt 16,138 42.73 −7.33
Labor Will Fowles 14,924 39.52 +5.10
Greens Graham Ross 4,604 12.19 −0.80
Sustainable Australia Andrew Williams 1,101 2.92 +2.92
Animal Justice Amanda Beattie 1,000 2.65 +2.65
Total formal votes 37,767 96.55 +0.02
Informal votes 1,348 3.45 −0.02
Turnout 39,115 90.61 −2.80
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Will Fowles 20,132 53.31 +6.47
Liberal Graham Watt 17,635 46.69 −6.47
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +6.47
Two-party-preferred vote results in Burwood


  1. ^ Green, Antony. "New Victorian State Electoral Boundaries Finalised – Antony Green's Election Blog". Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  2. ^ State Election 2018: Burwood District, VEC.

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