Profile of the electoral division of Ballarat (Vic)
Updated: 22 February 2012
Current, boundary gazetted 24 December 2010 – this boundary will apply at the next federal election.
If a by-election is held before the next federal election, the boundary as at the 2010 federal election will apply.
Named after the city of Ballarat. The name is apparently derived from the Aboriginal word 'balaarat' meaning a resting or camping place.
Area and Location Description:
The Division of Ballarat is located to the west of Melbourne. It covers an area of approximately 4 652 sq km from Ballarat in the west to Bacchus Marsh in the east. The division's main centres are Ballarat, the state's largest inland city, and Bacchus Marsh. It also includes the towns of Ballan, Blackwood, Burrumbeet (part), Buninyong, Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford, Myrniong and Trentham. Ballarat shares boundaries with the divisions of Bendigo in the north, Gorton, Lalor and McEwen in the east, Corangamite and Corio in the south and Wannon in the west.
Products/Industries of the Area:
Primary industries include beef cattle, sheep, potatoes, apples, mineral water, market gardening and gold mining. Secondary industries include tourism, clothing and fabrics, sawmilling, engineering and confectionery.
King, C (ALP) 2001–
Ronaldson, M (LP) 1990–2001
Mildren, J B (ALP) 1980–1990
Short, J R (LP) 1975–1980
Erwin, G D (LP) 1955–1975
Joshua, R (ALP) 1951–1955
Pittard, A C (LP) 1949–1951
Pollard, R T (ALP) 1937–1949
Fisken, A C W (UAP) 1934–1937
McGrath, D C (ALP/UAP) 1920–1934
Kerby, E T J (NAT) 1919–1920
McGrath, D C (ALP) 1913–1919
Deakin, A (PROT/LIB) 1901–1913