2004 Profile of the division of Herbert

Updated: 29 September 2011



Name Derivation:

Named after Sir Robert Herbert 1831–1905, the first Premier of Queensland 1860–66.

Area and Location Description:

Herbert covers an area of approximately 1 997 sq km around the City of Townsville and also includes Magnetic Island and Palm Islands. Townsville (including Thuringowa City) is the main city in the area.

Map of Division:

Products/Industries of the Area:

Copper, nickel and zinc refineries, bulk sugar terminal, and tropical fruits, prawn and fishing industry, beef cattle and tourism. Townsville, noted for its port facilities, is also home to James Cook University, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and large defence establishments at Lavarack Barracks (Army) and Garbutt (RAAF).

First Proclaimed/Election:


Demographic Rating:



  • LINDSAY, P (LP) 1996–
  • LINDSAY, E J (ALP) 1983–1996
  • DEAN, A G (LP) 1977–1983
  • BONNETT, R N (LP) 1966–1977
  • HARDING, E W (ALP) 1961–1966
  • MURRAY, J (LP) 1958–1961
  • EDMONDS, W F (ALP) 1946–1958
  • MARTENS, G W (ALP/FLP) 1928–1946
  • NOTT, L W (NAT) 1925–1928
  • BAMFORD, F W (ALP/NAT) 1901–1925

Current Member Details:

See the Parliament of Australia website

AEC Divisional Office Address:

See Divisional Office Contact Details

2004 Federal Election Results:

  • Enrolment: 87 987
  • Informal Vote: 5.53%
  • Turnout: 93.82%
  • Seat Status: Fairly Safe Liberal
  • Two Party Preferred: LP: 56.2% | ALP: 43.8%

Further information:

For supporting information, see Party Codes, Demographic Ratings and Seat Status.