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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Fremantle (green) in Western Australia
Created 1901
MP Melissa Parke
Party Labor
Namesake Fremantle
Electors 93,378 (2010)
Area 201 km2 (77.6 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Fremantle is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia. It was one of the original 75 divisions for the first federal election in 1901. It is named for the city of Fremantle, which in turn is named for Captain Charles Fremantle. Fremantle was captain of HMS Challenger, which brought the first settlers to Western Australia. The Division includes the southern suburbs of Perth, Cockburn, Coolbellup, Palmyra, Fremantle and Rottnest Island.

The division originally included Perth's southwestern suburbs. Boundary changes since 1949 have made it a very safe seat for the Australian Labor Party.


Member Party Term
  Elias Solomon Free Trade 1901–1903
  William Carpenter Labor 1903–1906
  William Hedges Western Australian 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1913
  Reginald Burchell Labor 1913–1916
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  William Watson Independent 1922–1928
  John Curtin Labor 1928–1931
  William Watson United Australia 1931–1934
  John Curtin Labor 1934–1945
  Kim Beazley (senior) Labor 1945–1977
  John Dawkins Labor 1977–1994
  Carmen Lawrence Labor 1994–2007
  Melissa Parke Labor 2007–present

Many senior Labor members have held Fremantle. The most famous was John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945.Others were Kim Beazley (senior), a minister in the Whitlam Government; John Dawkins, a minister in the Hawke Government and Keating Governments; and Carmen Lawrence, the former Premier of Western Australia and a minister in the Keating Government. Melissa Parke is a former United Nations lawyer.

Election results

Preceded by
Darling Downs
Division represented by the Prime Minister
John Curtin
Succeeded by

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