Named to honour succeeding generations of the Durack family who were pioneers and developers of the Kimberley region, including:
Patrick Durack, 1834–98, who took up land on the Ord River in the East Kimberley in 1882,
W J Durack who worked as a doctor in the Marble Bar and Murchinson district and was the first to diagnose leprosy in the Aboriginal people of this area,
Michael Patrick Durack, 1865–1950, who promoted the development of the northern parts of Western Australia,
Dame Mary Gertrude Durack DBE AC, 1913–94, the author and historian who wrote about the outback, Australian settlers, the history of missionaries in Western Australia and her family's struggles and achievements as pioneers in the Kimberley region,
Elizabeth Durack OBE, 1915–2000, the artist whose works capture remote parts of north and central Western Australia,
Kimberley Michael Durack, 1917–1968, who established the Ord River Research Station, which led to irrigated farming around Kununurra, and
Peter Drew Durack, 1926–2008, who was a Senator for Western Australia (1971–1993) and introduced the Freedom of Information Act.
1,629,858 sq km
Durack covers a large area from Kununurra in the north to Quairading in the south and includes coastal islands. The division includes the Cities of Greater Geraldton and Karratha and the Shires of Broome, Carnarvon, Cunderdin, Dandaragan, Derby-West Kimberley, East Pilbara, Exmouth, Goomalling, Narembeen, Quairading, Sandstone, Shark Bay, Victoria Plains, Wiluna and Yilgarn.
Products/Industries of the Area:
Industries include fishing, agriculture, mining and tourism.
Rural – outside capital cities and without majority of enrolment in major provincial cities.