2004 Profile of the division of Watson

Updated: 6 May 2014


New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after John Watson 1867–1941, Prime Minister of Australia 27 April–12 August 1904.

Area and Location Description:

Watson covers an area of approximately 33 sq km bordered by Punchbowl Road, Cooks River, Georges River Road, Hay St, King Georges Road, Wolli Creek, Bardwell Creek, Preddys Road, Forest Road, Xenia Ave and Illawarra rail-line. The main suburbs include Bardwell Park, Belfield, Belmore, Beverly Hills, Bexley North, Campsie, Canterbury, Croydon Park, Earlwood, Hurstville, Kingsgrove, Lakemba, and Roselands.

Map of Division:

Products/Industries of the Area:

Light manufacturing and service industries.

First Proclaimed/Election:

1992/1993 (Watson became a division in 1992 but was previously known as St George which became a division in 1948.)

Demographic Rating:

Inner Metropolitan


  • Burke, T (ALP) 2004–
  • McLeay, L (ALP) 1993–2004
  • Dubois, S (ALP) 1984–93
  • Morrison, W L(ALP) 1980–84
  • Neil, M J (LP) 1975–80
  • Morrison, W L (ALP) 1969–75
  • Bosman, L L (LP) 1963–69
  • Clay, L D (ALP) 1958–63
  • Graham, B W (LP) 1955–58
  • Lemmon, N (ALP) 1954–55
  • Graham, B W (LP) 1949–54

AEC Divisional Office Address:

See Divisional Office Contact Details

2004 Federal Election Results:

  • Enrolment: 81 819
  • Informal Vote: 9.10%
  • Turnout: 92.68%
  • Seat Status: Safe Labor
  • Two Party Preferred: LP: 34.86% | ALP: 65.14%

Further information:

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