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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Chisholm (green) in Victoria
Created 1949
MP Anna Burke
Party Labor
Namesake Caroline Chisholm
Electors 86,220 (2010)
Area 61 km2 (23.6 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan
Caroline Chisholm
Caroline Chisholm

The Division of Chisholm is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It was set up in 1949 and is named for Caroline Chisholm, a social worker and supporter of women's immigration. It is covers an area of 65 km2 in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. In the 1980's it was based on the suburb of Camberwell, but later changes have moved it south-east to Box Hill, Burwood and parts of Clayton.


Member Party Term
  (Sir) Wilfrid Kent Hughes Liberal 1949–1970
  Tony Staley Liberal 1970–1980
  Graham Harris Liberal 1980–1983
  Helen Mayer Labor 1983–1987
  Michael Wooldridge Liberal 1987–1998
  Anna Burke Labor 1998–present

The first member for Chisholm, Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes, was one of Australia's most important soldiers, who held the seat until his death on 31 July 1970. Anna Burke was the Speaker of the House of Representatives during 2013.

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