Profile of the electoral division of Hunter (NSW)

Updated: 9 July 2019
New South Wales
Date this name and boundary was gazetted:
25 February 2016
First election this name was used at:
1901 federal election
First election this boundary was used at:
2016 federal election
Maps of Division
Name derivation:
Named for the Hunter River, which was part of the electoral division when it was first created. The river was discovered by John Shortland in 1797 and named after Captain John Hunter RN, the second Governor of the Colony of New South Wales (1795–1800).
10 640 sq km
Location Description:
Hunter includes the Muswellbrook Shire Council, Singleton Council, Cessnock City Council (part) and Lake Macquarie City Council (part). The main towns include Broke, Cessnock, Denman, Mulbring, Muswellbrook, Paxton, Putty, Singleton, Widden and Wyee.
This description reflects local government areas in existence in 2015.
Products/industries of the area:
Agriculture, coal-mining, dairy farming, engineering, farming, forestry, fruit and vegetables, horse studs and racing, timber milling, tourism, wine grapes, wineries and wool. Liddell and Bayswater Power Stations are also in the division.
Demographic rating:
Rural – outside capital cities and without majority of enrolment in major provincial cities.
Current member details:
Please refer to the Parliament of Australia website
  • Fitzgibbon, J (ALP) 2016–
  • Conroy, P (ALP) 2013–2016 (Note: following the 2016 redistribution the Division of Charlton became the Division of Hunter.)
  • Combet, G (ALP) 2007–2013
  • Hoare, K (ALP) 1998–2007
  • Brown, B (ALP) 1984–1998
Former Division of Hunter which was abolished as part of the 2016 redistribution
  • Fitzgibbon, J (ALP) 1996–2016
  • Fitzgibbon, E J (ALP) 1984–1996
  • Brown, R J (ALP) 1980–1984
  • James, A W (ALP) 1960–1980
  • Evatt, H V (ALP) 1958–1960
  • James, R (ALP) 1928–1958
  • Charlton, M (ALP) 1910–1928
  • Liddell, F (FT/ANTI-SOC) 1903–1910
  • Barton, E (PROT) 1901–1903
AEC contact:
Divisional Office contact details
Further information:
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