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Division of Balaclava

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Australian House of Representatives Division

The Division of Balaclava was an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It was named for the suburb of Balaclava, which in turn was named for a battlefield of the Crimean War. It was based in the wealthy inner southern suburbs of Melbourne, including Brighton and Sandringham. It was always a safe seat for the conservative parties, being held successively by Protectionist Party, Nationalist Party, United Australia Party and Liberal Party members. It was abolished and replaced by the Division of Goldstein in 1984.[1]


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Sir George Turner
Protectionist 30 March 1901
8 November 1906
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of St Kilda. Served as minister under Barton, Deakin and Reid. Retired
  Agar Wynne
Independent Protectionist 12 December 1906
26 May 1909
Previously a member of the Victorian Legislative Council. Served as minister under Cook. Retired. Later elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of St Kilda in 1917
  Liberal 26 May 1909 –
30 July 1914
  William Watt
5 September 1914
17 February 1917
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Essendon. Served as minister under Hughes. Served as Speaker during the Bruce Government. Resigned due to ill health
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
  Liberal Union 1922 –
  Nationalist 1925 –
5 July 1929
  Thomas White
3 August 1929
7 May 1931
Served as minister under Lyons and Menzies. Resigned to become the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
  United Australia 7 May 1931 –
21 February 1945
  Liberal 21 February 1945 –
21 June 1951
  Percy Joske
28 July 1951
2 June 1960
Resigned to become a Judge of the Commonwealth Industrial Court
  Ray Whittorn
16 July 1960
11 April 1974
  Ian Macphee
18 May 1974
1 December 1984
Served as minister under Fraser. Transferred to the Division of Goldstein after Balaclava was abolished in 1984

Election results



  1. ^ Raue, Ben (2015). "Goldstein – Australia 2013". tallyroom.com.au. Retrieved 7 April 2015.