How to Navigate using the Districts Index
|The Districts Index Home Page
|This page contains an entry for every unique name used for an
electoral district since 1856. Districts are listed in alphabetic order and
can be accessed using the Letter Links across the top of the page. The 'top of
page' links dotted through the page can be used to return to the top of the
Districts Index Home Page.
|First Election, Last Election and Number of Elections
||This line shows the election where the district was first
used and the election where the district was most recently used. Note that a
district may not have been used at all elections between these two dates. A
total is provided of the number of times this district has faced an election.
This total includes both general elections and by-elections. The total also
includes both contested and uncontested elections.
|Standard and Contemporary Names
|The District Index Pages all use standardised district names,
the conventions of which are outlined below. However, results for all
districts, and links in individual election indexes, all use the form of the
district name in use at the time of the election. Not that in the case of some
abolished districts (e.g. Condoublin), spelling does not correspond to the
|Versions of District Names
|The spelling of some election districts has changed over the
years. Many districts such as Clarence were once known as The Clarence, while
districts such as Monaro have changed spelling several times. Under older
geographic conventions, some districts such as Cooks River were once known as
Cook's River. Apostrophes have been ignored.
|Use of 'The'
|The only electorates where the use of the definite article
'The' have been retained are The Entrance and The Hills, where dropping the
article makes no sense. The Entrance and The Hills have been sorted under 't', while
all other districts appear under the first letter of the name that followed
|The Use of Directional Modifiers (East, West, Upper, etc)
|Over the years, many districts have used directional
modifiers as part of their name. The use has not always been consistent, for
example, East Maitland sometimes gazetted as Maitland East. On the
District Index pages, the following usage has been adopted
- East Sydney, West Sydney, South Sydney and North Sydney have been indexed
including the directional modifier. So East Sydney appears under 'e', and so
- All other place names with a directional modifier have been indexed under
their place name. This applies to Camden East/West, Maitland East/West,
Macquarie East/West, Moreton East/West, Newcastle East/West and the three
Gold Fields seats.
- Some older directional qualifiers have been treated as part of the
district name. So Central Cumberland is indexed under 'Ce', Lower Hunter
under 'L' and Upper Hunter under 'u'.
- General geographic names incorporating directional qualifiers have been
indexed under the direction. This applies to district names such as East
Hills, South Coast, Western Suburbs, Northern Tablelands, Southern Highlands
and North-Eastern Boroughs.
- Older forms such as the County of Argyle, Town of Parramatta and Pastoral
Districts of Wellington and Bligh have been shortened to Argyle, Parramatta,
Wellington and Bligh. There are a small number that have retained this
distinction, such as Stanley Borough and Stanley County, Wellington County
to distinguish from Wellington and Bligh, and Sydney City as distinct from
Sydney Hamlets. The unweildy Eastern and Western Divisions of the County of
Camden have been shortened to Camden East and Camden West. Bathurst County
has been retained, as the district did not at the time include the town of
|Linking to District Election Pages
|From the District Index page, you can link through to an
index of all the elections for a district. This page shows the date
on which the candidate was declared elected, the name of the elected
candidate, their party and their percentage of the primary vote. In the case
of multi-member districts, candidates are listed in the order they were
declared elected. By-elections are shown with (by) after the date of election.
Candidates were declared elected on the date of nomination in uncontested
districts, and the date of the poll in contested districts. Between 1910 and
1920, a small number of candidates were declared elected on the date of the
second ballot. The link behind the
date of election can be clicked to move to the detail of the election for this