2001 Profile of the division of Throsby

Updated: 9 February 2011


New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after Dr Charles Throsby (1771–1828), a local pioneer who explored the area.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 392 sq km and extends from the Minnamurra River to Macquarie Pass near Robertson in the south and from the Avon River in the north to the Pacific Ocean, encompassing Port Kembla Harbour and BHP steel works.

The main suburbs include Albion Park, Barrack Heights, Berkeley, Blackbutt, Cringila, Dapto, Farmborough Heights, Kembla Grange, Lake Illawarra, Oak Flats, Port Kembla, Shellharbour, Warilla, Warrawong, Horsley, Shell Cove and Unanderra.

Products/Industries of the area:

BHP continues to be the area's largest employer and wields much influence on the local economy.  Mining, engineering, light and heavy manufacturing, transport, tourism and the building industry all play an important role in the economy of not only this division, but of the nation's entire south-eastern seaboard.  Significant in this regard are the Coal Loader and Grain Terminal located in Port Kembla's Inner Harbour.

First Proclaimed



  • Jennie George (ALP) 2001–
  • C Hollis (ALP) 1984–2001

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Demographic Rating

Inner Metropolitan

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

Enrolment: 78 879

Informal Vote: 3.90%

Turnout: 95.75%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 72.46%
  • LP: 27.54%

Enrolment: 80 339

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.99%
  • Preamble Question 1.15%


  • Republic Question 96.00%
  • Preamble Question 95.99%

Enrolment: 84 412

Informal Vote: 5.19%

Turnout: 95.51%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 65.10%
  • LP: 34.90%