2004 Profile of the division of Hunter

Updated: 29 September 2011


New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after John Hunter 1737–1821, second Governor of New South Wales 1795–99.

Area and Location Description:

Hunter covers an area of approximately 10 593 sq km from Maitland in the east to Denman in the west, Muswellbrook in the north and south to Wollombi. The main towns include Branxton, Cessnock, Denman, Kurri Kurri, Maitland, Muswellbrook, and Singleton.

Map of Division:

Products/Industries of the Area:

Aluminium smelting, coal-mining, wine grapes, dairying, timber, clothing manufacture, wheat, wool, lambs, beef and dairy cattle, pigs, oats, hay, lucerne, fruit, vegetables, hardwood, timber milling, engineering works and stud farms. Liddell Power Station and Bays Water Power Station are also in the division.

First Proclaimed/Election:


Demographic Rating:



  • FITZGIBBON, J (ALP) 1996–
  • 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

Current Member Details:

See the Parliament of Australia website

AEC Divisional Office Address:

See Divisional Office Contact Details

2004 Federal Election Results:

  • Enrolment:
  • 88 996
  • Informal Vote:
  • 5.30%
  • Turnout:
  • 95.67%
  • Seat Status:
  • Safe Labor
  • Two Party Preferred:
  • LP: 36.25% | ALP: 63.75%

Further information:

For supporting information, see Party Codes, Demographic Ratings and Seat Status.