Electoral district of Rodney

The Electoral district of Rodney was a Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate in Northern Victoria.

Rodney
VictoriaLegislative Assembly
Location in Victoria, 1856
StateVictoria
Created1856
Abolished2014
Electors36,437 (2010)
Area7,808 km2 (3,014.7 sq mi)
DemographicRural
Coordinates36°20′S 144°55′E / 36.333°S 144.917°E / -36.333; 144.917

The Rodney District covered an area of 7,808 square kilometres, including the towns of Echuca, Rochester, Nathalia, Cohuna, Heathcote, Gunbower, Kyabram, Rushworth and Stanhope.

At inception in 1856, the district boundaries include the Murray River and Goulburn River in the north and east; and the Campaspe River in the west.[1] By 1956 the district had expanded further westward to include Cohuna.[2]

In 2014, it was abolished and became part of the electoral district of Murray Plains.[3]

Electoral history

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Until its abolition, Rodney was one of only four electorates (along with Brighton, Richmond and Williamstown) to have been contested at every election since 1856. It was held by the Victorian Farmers Union/Country/National Party from 1917. John Allan, who was the first Country Party Member for the district, became Australia's first Country Party Premier in 1924.

In the 2006 election, Paul Weller won the seat for the National Party with a margin of 4.39% against the Liberals. The Liberal Party did not run in this electorate in the 2010 election, leaving the Nationals with a much higher lead against the other parties.

Members for Rodney

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Member 1 Party Term
  John Baragwanath Unaligned 1856–1857
  John Everard Liberal 1858–1859
  Wilson Gray Liberal 1860–1862
  John MacGregor Unaligned 1862–1874
  Simon Fraser Ministerial[4] 1874–1883 Member 2 Party Term
  Duncan Gillies Ministerial[4] 1877–1889
  James Shackell Conservative/Ministerial[5] 1883–1892   William Webb Ministerial[5] 1889–1897
  Timothy Murphy Liberal 1892–1894
  Andrew White Unaligned 1894–1897
  John Mason Liberal 1897–1902   John Morrissey Liberal 1897–1904
  Samuel Lancaster Conservative 1904–1904
  Hugh McKenzie Independent 1904–1917
  Commonwealth Liberal
  Nationalist
  John Allan Country 1917–1936
  William Dunstone Country 1936–1944
  Richard Brose Country 1944–1964
  Russell McDonald Country 1964–1973
  Eddie Hann Country 1973–1975
  National Country 1975–1982
  National 1982–1989
  Noel Maughan National 1989–2006
  Paul Weller National 2006–2014

Election results

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2010 Victorian state election: Rodney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Paul Weller 20,524 62.71 +22.55
Labor Vanessa Langford 5,290 16.16 -1.97
Country Alliance Gino D'Angelo 3,697 11.30 +11.30
Family First Serena Moore 1,872 5.72 +2.33
Greens Ian Christoe 1,348 4.12 +0.92
Total formal votes 32,731 95.59 +0.82
Informal votes 1,509 4.41 -0.82
Turnout 34,240 93.97 -0.34
Two-party-preferred result
National Paul Weller 24,947 76.16 +21.96
Labor Vanessa Langford 7,809 23.84 +23.84
National hold Swing +21.96

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "Electoral district of Rodney" (map). State Library of Victoria. 1855. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  2. ^ "State Electoral districts of Rodney and Murray Valley" (map). State Library of Victoria. 1956. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  3. ^ "No change to Murray Plains". Gannawarra Times. 6 October 2022. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  4. ^ a b "The New Victorian Legislative Assembly". South Australian Register. 19 May 1877. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b "The General Election". Gippsland Times. Trove. 29 March 1889. Retrieved 7 June 2013.