2001 Profile of the division of Ryan

Updated: 9 February 2011



Name Derivation:

Named after Thomas Joseph Ryan (1876–1921), Premier of Queensland (1915–1919).

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 238 sq km mainly on the south-western side of the City of Brisbane. The greater part of the division is located north of the Brisbane River with a small part extending south of the river where the suburbs on either side are linked by the Jindalee Bridge.

The main suburbs and localities include Bellbowrie, Brookfield, the 'Centenary' suburbs, Chapel Hill, Corinda, Darra (part), Indooroopilly, Kenmore, Oxley (part), St Lucia, Taringa, The Gap, and Toowong (part).

Products/Industries of the area:

The area is mainly residential and acreage suburbs. The University of Queensland with some 26 000 students is located on the Brisbane River at St Lucia, while all of Brisbane's television transmitters are on Mount Coot-tha which dominates the landscape of the division. The suburb of Sumner is partially devoted to light industry. By way of contrast, some farming still occurs in the outlying suburbs and the division also includes a large portion of Brisbane Forest Park.

First Proclaimed



  • Michael Johnson (LP) 2001–
  • L Short (ALP) 2001–2001
  • J Moore (LP) 1975–2001
  • E N Drury (LP) 1949–75

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Demographic Rating

Outer Metropolitan

Statistical information
3 October 1998 Election 6 November 1999 Referendum 17 March 2001 By-Election 10 November 2001 Election

Enrolment: 83 455

Informal Vote: 2.31%

Turnout: 94.39%

Seat Status: Fairly safe Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 40.48%
  • LP: 59.52%

Enrolment: 85 141

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.57%
  • Preamble Question 0.67%


  • Republic Question 94.83%
  • Preamble Question 94.83%

Enrolment: 87 634

Informal Vote: 2.96%

Turnout: 88.68%

Seat Status: Marginal Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 50.17%
  • LP: 49.83%

Enrolment: 88 171

Informal Vote: 2.86%

Turnout: 95.45%

Seat Status: Fairly Safe Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 41.38%
  • LP: 58.62%