Electoral district of Canning

The Electoral district of Canning was an electorate in the state of Western Australia. The electorate, which was named for the Canning River which ran through the electorate, was first contested at the 1897 election,[1] but was abolished prior to the 1901 election, with most of its territory transferred to the new seat of South Perth. However, for the 1904 election, South Perth was abolished and Canning re-created. Canning was abolished for a second time in the 1988 redistribution.[2]

Western AustraliaLegislative Assembly
StateWestern Australia
Dates current1897–1901; 1904–1989
NamesakeCanning River
DemographicSouth-East Metropolitan

Canning covered much of Perth's inner southern region, being reduced progressively as suburban areas such as Applecross, South Perth, Victoria Park and Belmont developed and became populous enough to require their own electorates. By the time of its dissolution it corresponded approximately with the present-day Kenwick district and had become a safe Labor Party seat.


Canning initially covered all the land south of the Swan River between North Lake Road, Alfred Cove and Epsom Avenue, Redcliffe, extending south and southeast to what are now South Street, Roe Highway and Brook Road. Most of this area was rural at the time, and at the 1897 election contained just 321 enrolled voters, but from the 1920s onwards and especially after World War II, suburban development along with electoral reform resulted in areas meeting the threshold to require an elected member. In the 1929 redistribution, Victoria Park was established and areas northeast of Orrong Road were moved into Middle Swan. Other areas were split in subsequent redistributions:

In its final incarnation, from 1983 until 1989, Canning included the suburbs of Beckenham, Ferndale, Kenwick, Langford, Lynwood, Thornlie and Wattle Grove, and parts of Cannington and East Cannington.[3]

Members for CanningEdit

Canning (1897–1901)
Member Party Term
  Frank Wilson Oppositionist 1897–1901
Canning (1904–1989)
  William Gordon Ministerial 1904–1911
  Charles Lewis Labor 1911–1914
  Robert Robinson Liberal 1914–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1921
  Alec Clydesdale Labor 1921–1930
  Herbert Wells Nationalist 1930–1933
  Charles Cross Labor 1933–1947
  George Yates Liberal 1947–1949
  LCL 1949–1950
  Arthur Griffith LCL 1950–1953
  Colin Jamieson Labor 1953–1956
  William Gaffy Labor 1956–1959
  Des O'Neil LCL 1959–1962
  Don May Labor 1962–1965
  Ross Elliott LCL 1965–1968
  Tom Bateman Labor 1968–1986
  Judyth Watson Labor 1986–1989


  1. ^ Government of Western Australia (1896). "Constitution Act Amendment Act (60 Vict No 18)". Statutes of Western Australia, 1896. Given royal assent on 8 October 1896.
  2. ^ "Electoral Districts Act 1947–1985 – Order in Council". Western Australia Government Gazette. 29 April 1988. p. 1988:1339–1527.
  3. ^ "Electoral Districts Act 1947–1981 – Order in Council". Western Australia Government Gazette. 20 January 1982. p. 1982:113–173.