Electoral district of Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide is a single-member electoral district for the South Australian House of Assembly. Named after Port Adelaide, which it surrounds, it is a 118.8 km² suburban and industrial electorate on Adelaide's Lefevre Peninsula, and stretches east toward Adelaide's northern suburbs. It contains a mix of seaside residential areas, wasteland and industrial regions. In addition to its namesake suburb of Port Adelaide, the district includes the suburbs of Birkenhead, Bolivar, Cavan, Dry Creek, Ethelton, Exeter, Garden Island, Gepps Cross, Gillman, Glanville, Globe Derby Park, Largs Bay, Largs North, New Port, North Haven, Osborne, Ottoway, Outer Harbor, Peterhead, Semaphore, Semaphore South, St Kilda, Taperoo, Torrens Island, Wingfield, as well as part of Rosewater.

Port Adelaide
South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Port Adelaide highlighted
Electoral district of Port Adelaide (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
StateSouth Australia
Dates current1857–1970, 2002–present
MPSusan Close
PartyAustralian Labor Party (SA)
NamesakePort Adelaide
Electors27,895 (2018)
Area118.75 km2 (45.8 sq mi)
Coordinates34°48′13″S 138°33′15″E / 34.80361°S 138.55417°E / -34.80361; 138.55417Coordinates: 34°48′13″S 138°33′15″E / 34.80361°S 138.55417°E / -34.80361; 138.55417
Electorates around Port Adelaide:
Gulf St Vincent Taylor Taylor
Gulf St Vincent Port Adelaide
Gulf St Vincent Several[1] Torrens
Electoral District map[2]

Port Adelaide has had three incarnations as a South Australian electoral district.

Port Adelaide was the name of an electoral district of the unicameral South Australian Legislative Council from 1851 until its abolition in 1857.[3]

From 1857 until 1902 it was a two-seat multi-member district. From 1902 until 1915 it was a large three-seat multi-member district covering Adelaide's north-west and western suburbs; together with the four-member Adelaide and five-member Torrens, the three districts with a total of 12-members covered the whole of the metropolitan area in the 42 member house.[4] The district returned to two members in 1915, and became a single member district from the 1938 election onward. It was held without interruption by Labor until the district's abolition prior to the 1970 election, and for most of that time was one of Labor's safest seats. The bulk of its territory was split between the neighbouring seats of Semaphore and Price. The last member for this seat's original incarnation, John Ryan, transferred to Price.

The seat was recreated in 2002, essentially as a reconfigured version of Hart (which was itself created in 1993 as a replacement for Semaphore). Like its previous incarnation, it is a comfortably safe Labor seat. The member for Hart, deputy premier and state treasurer Kevin Foley, followed most of his constituents into the recreated seat and held it easily. At the 2006 election, Foley increased his margin from 21.7 percent to 25.7 percent, and gained a majority in all booths. Foley retired in 2011, triggering a by-election held in February 2012. Susan Close retained the seat for Labor.


Two members (1857–1902)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  John Hart, Sr. 1857–1859   John Hughes 1857–1858
  Edward Collinson 1858–1860
  William Owen 1860–1862   Patrick Coglin 1860–1865
  John Hart, Sr. 1862–1866
  David Bower 1865–1870
  Jacob Smith 1866–1868
  Henry Hill 1868–1870
  William Quin 1870–1871   Henry Kent Hughes 1870–1875
  John Duncan 1871–1875
  William Quin 1875–1880   David Bower 1875–1887
  John Hart, Jr. 1880–1881
  William Mattinson 1881–1893  
  George Hopkins 1887–1893
  William Archibald Labor 1893–1902   Ivor MacGillivray Labor 1893–1902
Three members (1902–1915)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  William Archibald Labor 1902–1910   Ivor MacGillivray Labor 1902–1915   Thomas Brooker 1902–1905
    Henry Chesson Labor 1905–1915
  Thompson Green Labor 1910–1915
Two members (1915–1938)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  John Price Labor 1915–1925   Ivor MacGillivray Labor 1915–1917
    National 1917–1918
    John Stanley Verran Labor 1918–1924
    Frank Condon Labor 1924–1927
  John Stanley Verran Labor 1925–1927
  John Jonas Labor 1927–1933   Thomas Thompson Protestant Labor 1927–1930
    Albert Thompson Labor 1930–1938
  James Stephens Labor 1933–1938
Single-member (1938–1970)
Member Party Term
  James Stephens Labor 1938–1959
  John Ryan Labor 1959–1970
Single-member (2002–present)
Member Party Term
  Kevin Foley Labor 2002–2011
  Susan Close Labor 2012–present

Election resultsEdit

2018 South Australian state election: Port Adelaide[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Susan Close 11,396 47.9 −3.1
Liberal Chad McLaren 4,432 18.6 −9.2
SA-Best Gary Johanson 4,419 18.6 +18.6
Greens Danica Moors 1,400 5.9 −4.0
Animal Justice Nicholas Hancock 930 3.9 +3.9
Dignity Bryan Tingey 568 2.4 +2.4
Conservatives Bruce Hambour 495 2.1 −3.7
Danig Peter Matthews 163 0.7 +0.7
Total formal votes 23,803 94.2 −2.2
Informal votes 1,462 5.8 +2.2
Turnout 25,265 90.6 +5.1
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Susan Close 15,895 66.8 +2.8
Liberal Chad McLaren 7,908 33.2 −2.8
Two-candidate-preferred result
Labor Susan Close 14,550 61.1 −2.9
SA-Best Gary Johanson 9,253 38.9 +38.9
Labor hold Swing N/A


  1. ^ West to east: Lee, Cheltenham, Croydon, and Enfield
  2. ^ Electoral District of Port Adelaide (Map). Electoral Commission of South Australia. 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836 to 2009" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 March 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Parliamentary Electorates". The Adelaide Chronicle. 5 April 1902. p. 33 – via Trove.
  5. ^ State Election Results - District Results for Port Adelaide, ECSA.