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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Newcastle (green) in New South Wales
Created 1901
MP Sharon Claydon
Party Labor
Namesake Newcastle, New South Wales
Area 354 km2 (136.7 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Newcastle is a Federal Electoral Division for the Australian House of Representatives in the state of New South Wales. The Division is centred around the city of Newcastle, after which it is named.

The Division was one of the original 75 divisions set up for the first Federal election in 1901. It has been held by the Australian Labor Party since it was created. Labor has never got less than 58 percent of the two-party vote in a general election. It has only come close to losing it once, when it got 53 percent in a 1935 by-election. It is the only original Division to be held by just one party since the first Federal election.


The Division of Newcastle has had just five members since 1901. This is the fewest of any of the original Divisions. From 1901 to 1958, the seat was held by the Watkins family. David Oliver took over from his father David in 1935. Allan Morris' brother, Peter was also in the Federal Parliament, representing the Division of Shortland. Charles Jones' brother, Sam, was in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

Member Party Term
  David Watkins Labor 1901–1935
  David Oliver Watkins Labor 1935–1958
  Charles Jones Labor 1958–1983
  Allan Morris Labor 1983–2001
  Sharon Grierson Labor 2001–2013 (retired)
  Sharon Clayson Labor 2013–present

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