Electoral district of Geelong East

Geelong East was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly[1] in the Australian state of Victoria from 1859 to 1985. It was located south of the city of Geelong, defined in the Victorian Electoral Act, 1858 as:

Geelong East
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Location in Victoria, 1859
Dates current1859–1877, 1976–1985

Commencing at the north-western angle of the town reserve of Geelong; thence by a line south to the River Barwon; thence westward and northwestward by the River Barwon to the western boundary of the reserve at the junction of the Moorabool and Barwon; thence east by the northern boundary of section 25, parish of Barrabool; thence south by the eastern boundaries of sections 25 and 11, and by part of the eastern boundary of section 7, all in the same parish; thence south-easterly by a curved line crossing the Waurn Chain of Ponds to the southern boundary of section 3, parish of Conewarre; thence east by the southern boundaries of sections 3 and 4 in the same parish; thence north-easterly by a curved line crossing the River Barwon to the south-eastern angle of section 11 in the parish of Moolap; thence by the eastern boundary of that section and a line north to the shores of Corio Bay; and thence by the shores of Corio Bay to the north-western angle of the town reserve, the commencing point aforesaid, including the remaining portion of the reserve at Point Henry.[2]

Geelong East (along with Electoral district of Geelong West) was created when the four-member Electoral district of Geelong was abolished in 1859. Geelong West and Geelong East were abolished in 1877, replaced by a re-created 3-member district of Geelong.[1]

After the Electoral district of Bellarine was abolished in 1976, Geelong East was re-created. In 1985, population increases caused another redrawing of electoral boundaries; Geelong East was abolished and Bellarine re-created that year. Graham Ernst, last member for Geelong East, represented Bellarine 1985–1992.[3]


First incarnation (1859–1877, 2 members)
Member 1 Term Member 2 Term
James Cowie Oct 1859  – Jan 1860[r] Alexander Thomson Oct 1859   – Jul 1861
Augustus Greeves Feb 1860[b] – Jul 1861
Butler Cole Aspinall Aug 1861  – Aug 1864 John Richardson Aug 1861  – Mar 1876
George Cunningham Nov 1864  – Dec 1867
Charles Kernot Mar 1868  – Jan 1871
John Masters Garratt Apr 1871  – Apr 1877 Charles Kernot Apr 1876[b] – Apr 1877

Kernot went on to represent the re-created Geelong from 1877.[1]

Second incarnation (1976–1985)
Member Party Term
  Phil Gude Liberal 1976–1979
  Graham Ernst Labor 1979–1985


  1. ^ a b c "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  2. ^ "An Act to alter the Electoral Districts of Victoria and to increase the number of Members of the Legislative Assembly thereof" (PDF). 1858. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Ernst, Graham Keith". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2013.

Coordinates: 38°09′45″S 144°21′30″E / 38.16250°S 144.35833°E / -38.16250; 144.35833