2001 Profile of the division of Parramatta

Updated: 9 February 2011


New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after the locality of Parramatta which was first settled as a farm colony for Sydney settlement in 1788. The name is Aboriginal for 'plenty of eels' or 'head of river'.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 61 sq km from Wharf Rd Ermington in the east to Girraween Creek, Toongabbie in the west and from North Rocks Rd Carlingford in the north to the M4 Motorway in the south. The main suburbs include Carlingford, Dundas, Dundas Valley, Ermington, Girraween, Harris Park, North Parramatta, North Rocks, Northmead, Oatlands, Old Toongabbie, Parramatta, Pendle Hill, Rosehill, Rydalmere, Telopea, Wentworthville, Westmead and Winston Hills.

Products/Industries of the area:

Retail, financial services, transport industry, building materials, plant nurseries, major industry and tourism.

First Proclaimed



  • Ross Cameron (LP) 1996–
  • R P Elliott (ALP) 1990–96
  • J J Brown (ALP) 1977–90
  • P M Ruddock (LP) 1973–77
  • N H Bowen (LP) 1964–73
  • G E Barwick (LP) 1958–64
  • O H Beale (LP) 1946–58
  • F H Stewart (UAP) 1931–46
  • A E Rowe (ALP) 1929–31
  • E K Bowden (NAT) 1922–29
  • H E Pratten (NAT) 1921–22
  • J Cook (FT/ANTI-SOC/LIB/NAT) 1901–21

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AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses.

Demographic Rating

Inner Metropolitan

Statistical information
3 October 1998 Election 6 November 1999 Referendum 10 November 2001 Election

Enrolment: 78 800

Informal Vote: 4.81%

Turnout: 94.89%

Seat Status: Marginal Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 48.93%
  • LP: 51.07%

Enrolment: 80 023

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.86%
  • Preamble Question 1.03%


  • Republic Question 94.91%
  • Preamble Question 94.92%

Enrolment: 87 286

Informal Vote: 6.21%

Turnout: 94.01%

Seat Status: Marginal Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 48.85%
  • LP: 51.15%
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