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Electoral district of Flinders

South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Flinders Electoral District SA 2014.png
Electoral district of Flinders (green) in South Australia
State South Australia
Created 1857
MP Peter Treloar
Party Liberal Party of Australia
Namesake Matthew Flinders
Electors 23,421 (2014)
Area 61,139 km2 (23,605.9 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

Flinders is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. It is named after explorer Matthew Flinders, who was responsible for charting most of the state's coastline. It is a 61,139 km² coastal rural electorate encompassing the Eyre Peninsula and the coast along the Nullarbor Plain, based in and around the towns of Port Lincoln and Ceduna. The seat was expanded in 2002 to include a western strip of land all the way to the Western Australia border.

Flinders is the only one of the original 17 electorates to be contested at every election.[1] Created as a single-member electorate in 1857, it was a dual-member electorate from 1862 to 1875, from 1884 to 1902 and again from 1915 to 1938, a three-member electorate from 1875 to 1884 and again 1902 to 1915.[1] Flinders was also the name of an electoral district of the unicameral South Australian Legislative Council from 1851 until its abolition in 1857.[1]

A single-member seat since 1938, Edward Craigie of the Single Tax League held the seat. Though typically considered a safe rural conservative seat, Labor came close with a 46.5 percent two-party vote at the 1962 election. The seat fell to the rival conservative SA Nationals on one occasion, with Peter Blacker representing Flinders from 1973 to 1993, but he was defeated when Kangaroo Island was briefly included in Flinders, and without the advantages of incumbency, was unable to regain his seat when it was removed four years later. It has since remained a safe Liberal seat, currently the safest on a 29.2 percent margin.


  • Members for Flinders 1
  • Election results 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Members for Flinders

Member Party Term
  Marshall MacDermott 1857–1859
  W. J. Browne 1860–1862
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Alfred Watts 1862–1866   Charles Lindsay 1862–1865
    John Williams 1865–1868
  Augustine Stow 1866–1868
  Alfred Watts 1868–1875   W. R. Mortlock 1868–1870
  Hampton Gleeson 1870–1871
  W. R. Mortlock 1871–1875
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  P. B. Coglin 1875–1881   John Williams 1875–1878   Ebenezer Cooke 1875–1882
    W. R. Mortlock 1878–1884
  Andrew Tennant 1881–1884
    P. B. Coglin 1882–1884
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Andrew Tennant 1884–1887   John Moule 1884–1896
  William Horn 1887–1893
  Alexander Poynton Labor 1893–1901
    W. T. Mortlock 1896–1899
    David McKenzie 1899–1902
  W. T. Mortlock 1901–1902
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Richard Foster National League 1902–1904   David McKenzie 1902–1905   Thomas Burgoyne National League 1902–1904
  Farmers and Producers 1904–1906   Farmers and Producers 1904–1906
  A. H. Inkster 1905–1906
  John Travers Liberal and Democratic 1906–1910   Liberal and Democratic 1906–1907   Liberal and Democratic 1906–1910
  E. H. Warren Farmers and Producers 1907–1910
  James O'Loghlin Labor 1910–1912   James Moseley Liberal Union 1910–1915   Liberal Union 1910–1915
  John Travers Liberal Union 1912–1915
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  John Travers Liberal Union 1915–1918   James Moseley Liberal Union 1915–1923
  John Chapman Country 1918–1924
  Liberal Federation 1923–1933
  John O'Connor Labor 1924–1927
  Edward Coles Country Party 1927–1928
  Liberal Federation 1928–1930
  Edward Craigie Single Tax 1930–1938
    Liberal and Country 1932–1933
    Arthur Christian Liberal and Country 1933–1938
Member Party Term
  Edward Craigie Single Tax 1938–1941
  Rex Pearson Liberal and Country 1941–1951
  Glen Pearson Liberal and Country 1951–1970
  John Carnie Liberal and Country 1970–1973
  Peter Blacker Nationals SA 1973–1993
  Liz Penfold Liberal 1993–2010
  Peter Treloar Liberal 2010–present

Election results

South Australian state election, 2014: Flinders[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Peter Treloar 14,994 72.0 +14.0
Labor Mathew Deane 3,214 15.4 −0.1
Family First Grant Wilson 1,313 6.3 +1.5
Greens Felicity Wright 1,299 6.2 −0.7
Total formal votes 20,820 97.6 +0.4
Informal votes 505 2.4 −0.4
Turnout 21,325 91.1 −0.1
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Peter Treloar 16,480 79.2 +3.0
Labor Mathew Deane 4,340 20.8 −3.0
Liberal hold Swing +3.0


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ 2014 State Election Results – Flinders, ECSA.
  3. ^ 2014 State Election Results – Flinders, ABC.


  • ABC profile for Flinders: 2014
  • ECSA profile for Flinders: 2014
  • Poll Bludger profile for Flinders: 2014

External links

  • The 13 electorates from 1902 to 1915: The Adelaide Chronicle
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