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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Wakefield (dark green) in the state of South Australia
Created 1903
MP Nick Champion
Party Labor
Namesake Edward Gibbon Wakefield
Electors 103,458 (2013)
Area 6,407 km2 (2,473.8 sq mi)
Demographic Rural
Edward Gibbon Wakefield
Edward Gibbon Wakefield

The Division of Wakefield is an Australian electoral division in the state of South Australia. It covers an area from the northern suburbs of Adelaide to the Clare Valley, 135 km north of Adelaide. It includes the suburbs of Elizabeth, Craigmore, Munno Para, Virginia, and part of Salisbury, and the towns of Gawler, Balaklava, Clare, Kapunda, Riverton, Mallala, Freeling, Tarlee, Williamstown, and parts of Port Wakefield.

The Division was named after Edward Gibbon Wakefield, who planned settlements in South Australia, Western Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It was set up in 1903.


Member Party Term
  Sir Frederick Holder Independent 1903–1909
  Richard Foster Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  Liberal Union 1922–1925
  Nationalist 1925–1928
  Maurice Collins Country 1928–1929
  Charles Hawker Nationalist 1929–1931
  United Australia 1931–1938
  Sydney McHugh Labor 1938–1940
  Jack Duncan-Hughes United Australia 1940–1943
  Albert Smith Labor 1943–1946
  (Sir) Philip McBride Liberal 1946–1958
  Bert Kelly Liberal 1958–1977
  Geoffrey Giles Liberal 1977–1983
  Neil Andrew Liberal 1983–2004
  David Fawcett Liberal 2004–2007
  Nick Champion Labor 2007–present

Sir Frederick Holder and Neil Andrew (1998–2004) were Speaker of the House. Holder was also Premier of South Australia on two occasions. Holder's death in 1909 caused a by-election. In 1931 the death of Charles Hawker also caused another by-election.

Election results

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