Electoral district of Glenelg (South Australia)

Glenelg was an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia from 1938 to 1985.[1]

South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
StateSouth Australia
NamesakeGlenelg, South Australia

The Holdfast Bay area has long been a conservative stronghold, and Glenelg was one of the few Adelaide-area seats where the Liberal and Country League consistently did well. The pattern was broken at the 1965 state election, when Glenelg was one of two Labor gains that helped Labor finally beat the Playmander and end 33 years of LCL rule. Labor retained the seat even as it lost government in 1968. The LCL regained it in 1970 even as Labor won a convincing victory in the first election held after a major electoral reform gave Adelaide a majority of seats in the legislature. The seat quickly reverted to its traditional status as a safely conservative seat.

Glenelg was abolished in a boundary redistribution prior to the 1985 election with much of the area merged into the seat of Morphett.


Member Party Term
  William Fisk Independent 1938–1940
  Frank Smith Liberal and Country 1941–1947
  Baden Pattinson Liberal and Country 1947–1965
  Hugh Hudson Labor 1965–1970
  John Mathwin Liberal and Country 1970–1974
  Liberal 1974–1985


  1. ^ "Statistical Record of the Legislature, 1836 - 2007" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 March 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2014.

Coordinates: 34°58′1″S 138°31′19″E / 34.96694°S 138.52194°E / -34.96694; 138.52194