2004 Profile of the division of Wills

Updated: 9 February 2011



Name Derivation:

Named after William Wills 1834–61, explorer and member of expedition which attempted to cross Australia in 1860–61.

Area and Location Description:

Wills covers an area of approximately 57 sq km from Fawkner and Glenroy in the north to Brunswick in the south and also includes Essendon Airport. The main suburbs include Brunswick, Coburg, Fawkner, Glenroy, Gowanbrae, Hadfield, Oak Park, Pascoe Vale and Strathmore.

Map of Division:

Products/Industries of the Area:

This area contains many large industries including paper, tiles, hosiery, steel, paints, glass, textiles, Australian Defence Industries, joinery, electrical goods and various hardware industries.

First Proclaimed/Election:


Demographic Rating:

Inner Metropolitan


  • THOMSON, K (ALP) 1996–
  • CLEARY, P R (IND) 1993–1996
  • HAWKE, R J L (ALP) 1980–1992
  • BRYANT, G M (ALP) 1955–1980
  • BRYSON, W G (ALP) 1949–1955

Current Member Details:

See the Parliament of Australia website

AEC Divisional Office Address:

See Divisional Office Contact Details

2004 Federal Election Results:

  • Enrolment: 93 368
  • Informal Vote: 5.50%
  • Turnout: 92.99%
  • Seat Status: Safe Labor
  • Two Party Preferred: LP: 33.1% | ALP: 66.9%

Further information:

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