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.
South Australia—House of Assembly
Electoral district of Port Adelaide (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
|Dates current||1857–1970, 2002–present|
|Party||Australian Labor Party (SA)|
|Area||118.75 km2 (45.8 sq mi)|
|Electoral District map|
Port Adelaide has had three incarnations as a South Australian electoral district.
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. 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)|
|John Hart, Sr.||1857–1859||John Hughes||1857–1858|
|William Owen||1860–1862||Patrick Coglin||1860–1865|
|John Hart, Sr.||1862–1866|
|William Quin||1870–1871||Henry Kent Hughes||1870–1875|
|William Quin||1875–1880||David Bower||1875–1887|
|John Hart, Jr.||1880–1881|
|William Archibald||Labor||1893–1902||Ivor MacGillivray||Labor||1893–1902|
|Three members (1902–1915)|
|William Archibald||Labor||1902–1910||Ivor MacGillivray||Labor||1902–1915||Thomas Brooker||1902–1905|
|Two members (1915–1938)|
|John Price||Labor||1915–1925||Ivor MacGillivray||Labor||1915–1917|
|John Stanley Verran||Labor||1918–1924|
|John Stanley Verran||Labor||1925–1927|
|John Jonas||Labor||1927–1933||Thomas Thompson||Protestant Labor||1927–1930|
|Animal Justice||Nicholas Hancock||930||3.9||+3.9|
|Total formal votes||23,803||94.2||−2.2|
- West to east: Lee, Cheltenham, Croydon, and Enfield
- Electoral District of Port Adelaide (Map). Electoral Commission of South Australia. 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836 to 2009" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia.
- "Parliamentary Electorates". The Adelaide Chronicle. 5 April 1902. p. 33 – via Trove.
- State Election Results - District Results for Port Adelaide, ECSA.