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Australian House of Representatives Division
Created 1901
Abolished 1984
Namesake Balaclava

The Division of Balaclava was an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It was set up for the first federal election in 1901. It was named for the suburb of Balaclava, which in turn was named for a battlefield of the Crimean War. It included the wealthy inner southern suburbs of Melbourne, including Brighton and Sandringham. It was abolished and replaced by the Division of Goldstein in 1984.


Member Party Term
  Sir George Turner Protectionist 1901–1904
  Free Trade 1904–1906
  Agar Wynne Independent Protectionist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1914
  William Watt Commonwealth Liberal 1914–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  Liberal Union 1922–1925
  Nationalist 1925–1929
  Thomas White Nationalist 1929–1931
  United Australia 1931–1944
  Liberal 1944–1951
  Percy Joske Liberal 1951–1960
  Ray Whittorn Liberal 1960–1974
  Ian Macphee Liberal 1974–1984

Thomas White, the Air and Civil Aviation Minister, resigned to become Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. This caused a by-election. Percy Joske resigned in 1960 to become Judge of the Commonwealth Industrial Court, which also caused a by-election.

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