2004 Profile of the division of Parramatta

Updated: 29 September 2011


New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after the locality of Parramatta which was first settled in 1788. The name is Aboriginal for 'plenty of eels' or 'head of river'.

Area and Location Description:

Parramatta covers an area of approximately 61 sq km from Wharf Rd Ermington in the east to Girraween Creek, Toongabbie in the west and from North Rocks Rd Carlingford in the north to the M4 Motorway in the south. The main suburbs include Carlingford, Dundas, Dundas Valley, Ermington, Girraween, Harris Park, North Parramatta, North Rocks, Northmead, Oatlands, Old Toongabbie, Parramatta, Pendle Hill, Rosehill, Rydalmere, Telopea, Toongabbie, Wentworthville, Westmead and Winston Hills.

Map of Division:

Products/Industries of the Area:

Retail, financial services, transport industry, building materials, plant nurseries, major industry and tourism.

First Proclaimed/Election:


Demographic Rating:

Inner Metropolitan


  • OWENS, J (ALP)–
  • CAMERON, R (LP) 1996–2004
  • ELLIOTT, R P (ALP) 1990–1996
  • BROWN, J J (ALP) 1977–1990
  • RUDDOCK, P M (LP) 1973–1977
  • BOWEN, N H (LP) 1964–1973
  • BARWICK, G E (LP) 1958–1964
  • BEALE, O H (LP) 1946–1958
  • STEWART, F H (UAP) 1931–1946
  • ROWE, A E (ALP) 1929–1931
  • BOWDEN, E K (NAT) 1922–1929
  • PRATTEN, H E (NAT) 1921–1922
  • COOK, J (FT/ANTI-SOC/LIB/NAT) 1901–1921

Current Member Details:

See the Parliament of Australia website

AEC Divisional Office Address:

See Divisional Office Contact Details

2004 Federal Election Results:

  • Enrolment: 87 117
  • Informal Vote: 8.53%
  • Turnout: 94.13%
  • Seat Status: Marginal Labor
  • Two Party Preferred: LP: 49.23% | ALP: 50.77%

Further information:

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