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Mitcham, South Australia

Mitcham
AdelaideSouth Australia
Population 1,605 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5062
LGA(s) City of Mitcham
State electorate(s) Waite
Federal Division(s) Boothby

Mitcham is an inner-southern suburb of Adelaide in the City of Mitcham.

Created as a village separate from Adelaide ("Mitcham Village"), it was ancillary to a sheep station at Brown Hill Creek belonging to the South Australia Company. Prior to European settlement the area was inhabited by the Kaurna aboriginal people. A group of about 150 formerly camped at "Wirraparinga", now Mitcham reserve, (known for many years as "Brown Hill Creek reserve").[2]

Politics

Mitcham is located in the federal electorate of Boothby, and has been represented since 1996 by Andrew Southcott of the Liberal Party of Australia. This seat has been held by the Liberal party since 1948: John McLeay, Sr. (1949-1966), John McLeay, Jr. (1966-1981) and Steele Hall (1981-1996).

At the state level it is in the electorate of Waite, and has been represented since 1997 by Martin Hamilton-Smith, also of the Liberal party, and from 2007 to 2009, the State Leader of the Opposition. Prior to Hamilton-Smith, the member since the seat's first election in 1993 was Stephen Baker, who held the posts of Treasurer and Deputy Leader (1993-1996).

It is the seat of the Mitcham Council.

The area is generally affluent.

References

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  2. ^ Chinner, Christine; Osborn P. (1974). Mitcham village sketchbook. Adelaide: Rigby Ltd. pp. 8–10.  

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