Electoral district of Gippsland South

The electoral district of Gippsland South (initially known as South Gippsland)[1] is a Lower House electoral district of the Victorian Parliament.[2] It is located within the Eastern Victoria Region of the Legislative Council.

Gippsland South
VictoriaLegislative Assembly
Location of Gippsland South (dark green) in Victoria
MPDanny O'Brien
NamesakeSouth Gippsland
Electors42,564 (2018)
Area8,232 km2 (3,178.4 sq mi)
Electorates around Gippsland South:
Narracan Narracan
Gippsland East
Bass Gippsland South Tasman Sea
Bass Strait Bass Strait Bass Strait

Gippsland South extends along the state's coast from Venus Bay to Loch Sport[3] and includes the country Victorian towns of Foster, Korumburra, Leongatha, Mirboo North, Port Albert, Port Welshpool, Rosedale, Sale and Yarram. The electorate includes all of South Gippsland Shire and the southern parts of Wellington Shire.[3] Industries include agriculture, timber production and tourism. Dairying is the biggest agricultural contributor to the local economy.[4] Wilsons Promontory National Park, Corner Inlet, and numerous lakes and islands along the coast and border are examples of natural features.

Its area was initially defined by the 1858 Electoral Act as: "Commencing at the mouth of Merryman's Creek[a] on the Ninety Mile Beach; bounded on the north by Merryman's Creek to where the road from Tarraville to Rosedale crosses said creek near Bayless's pre-emptive right, thence by a line west fourteen degrees to Buneep; on the west by the counties of Evelyn and Mornington to Cape Patterson; and on the south and south-east by the sea-coast to the commencing point"[5]

The Electoral Act Amendment Act of 1888 created new districts of Gippsland Central, Gippsland East and Gippsland West and reduced the size of Gippsland South (renaming it from South Gippsland) and Gippsland North.[6]

It has never been won by the Labor Party, and has been in the hands of the National Party for all but two terms since 1929.

Sir Herbert Hyland held the seat for thirty years from 1929 until he died in office in 1970. He held many portfolios in government including Transport, Chief Secretary, State Development, Labour, Decentralisation and Transport and Prices. Hyland was knighted in 1952,[6] and elected leader of the parliamentary Country Party in 1955.

The district is currently held by Nationals MP Danny O'Brien, who won the seat in a by-election in 2015 following the resignation of former Nationals leader Peter Ryan.

a = now known as Merriman Creek

Members for Gippsland South

Member Party Term
  Angus McMillan Unaligned 1859–1860
  George Hedley Unaligned 1861–1862
  John Johnson Unaligned 1862–1864
  Peter Snodgrass Unaligned 1864–1867
  Thomas McCombie Unaligned 1868–1869
  George Macartney Unaligned 1869–1871
  Francis Mason Unaligned 1871–1877
  George Macartney Unaligned 1877–1878
  Francis Mason Unaligned 1878–1886
  Arthur Groom Unaligned 1886–1889
  Francis Mason Unaligned 1889–1902
  Thomas Livingston Ministerialist 1902–1922
  Commonwealth Liberal
  Walter West Nationalist 1922–1927
  Henry Bodman Independent 1927–1927
  Walter West Nationalist 1927–1929
  Sir Herbert Hyland Country 1929–1970
  James Taylor Liberal 1970–1973
  Neil McInnes National 1973–1982
  Tom Wallace National 1982–1992
  Peter Ryan National 1992–2015
  Danny O'Brien National 2015–present

Election results

2022 Victorian state election: Gippsland South[7][8][9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Danny O'Brien 22,566 53.3 −5.3
Labor Denise Ryan 9,920 23.4 −4.8
Greens Jay Tiziani-Simpson 3,538 8.3 −0.9
Independent Clay Esler 2,414 5.7 +5.7
Freedom Angela Newnham 1,357 3.2 +3.2
Animal Justice Helen Jeges 1,350 3.2 +3.2
Family First Paul Furlong 1,218 2.9 +2.9
Total formal votes 42,351 94.7 +0.4
Informal votes 2,363 5.3 −0.4
Turnout 44,714 90.0 +0.7
Two-party-preferred result
National Danny O'Brien 27,763 65.6 +1.6
Labor Denise Ryan 14,588 34.4 −1.6
National hold Swing +1.6

Historical maps



  1. ^ "An Act to alter the Electoral Districts of Victoria and to increase the number of Members of the Legislative Assembly thereof" (PDF). 1858. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Gippsland South Results". Victorian Election 2014: Victoria Votes. ABC. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Dairy in Gippsland". Dairy Australia. GippsDairy. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  5. ^ "An Act to alter the Electoral Districts of Victoria and to increase the number of Members of the Legislative Assembly thereof" (PDF). 1858. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  6. ^ "The Electoral Act Amendment Act 1888" (pdf). Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  7. ^ Green, Antony (11 January 2023). "VIC22 – 2-Party Preferred Results and Swings by District". Antony Green's Election Blog. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  8. ^ VIC 2021 Final Redistribution, ABC News. [Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  9. ^ Gippsland South District results, Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 1 December 2022.
  10. ^ Full preference distributions – 2022 State election, Victorian Electoral Commission. [Retrieved 17 June 2023.

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