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Division of Gippsland

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Gippsland 2019.png
Division of Gippsland in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPDarren Chester
Electors110,581 (2019)
Area33,182 km2 (12,811.6 sq mi)
The Avon River located within Gippsland. The division takes its name from the region the river is located in

The Division of Gippsland is an Australian electoral division in the state of Victoria. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It is named for the Gippsland region of eastern Victoria, which in turn is named for Sir George Gipps, Governor of New South Wales 1838-1846. It includes the towns of Bairnsdale, Morwell, Sale and Traralgon.


It is one of two original divisions in Victoria to have never elected a Labor-endorsed member, the other being Kooyong. It has been held by the National Party and its predecessor, the Country Party, since 1922: it is the only seat the party has held continuously since its creation. On its new boundaries, however, it takes in most of the industrial Latrobe Valley.

Prominent former members include Allan McLean, a former Premier of Victoria who served as a minister under George Reid; and Peter Nixon, a senior minister in the Coalition governments from Harold Holt to Malcolm Fraser.

Then-sitting MP Peter McGauran announced his resignation in April 2008, sparking a June 2008 by-election, with the three major parties all contesting the election. The Nationals retained the seat on an increased margin, electing Darren Chester.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  19Allanmclean.jpg Allan McLean
Protectionist 29 March 1901 -
12 December 1906
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Gippsland North. Served as minister under Reid. Lost seat
  George Wise.jpg George Wise
Protectionist 12 December 1906 -
26 May 1909
Lost seat
  Independent Liberal 26 May 1909 -
31 May 1913
  James Bennett (Australia).jpg James Bennett
Commonwealth Liberal 31 May 1913 -
5 September 1914
Lost seat
  George Wise.jpg George Wise
Independent Labor 5 September 1914 -
17 February 1917
Served as minister under Hughes. Lost seat
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 -
16 December 1922
  Thomas Paterson 1925.jpg Thomas Paterson
Country 16 December 1922 -
7 July 1943
Served as minister under Bruce and Lyons. Retired
  George Bowden.jpg George Bowden
Country 21 August 1943 -
2 November 1961
  Peter Nixon 1967.jpg Peter Nixon
Country 9 December 1961 -
2 May 1975
Served as minister under Holt, McEwen, Gorton, McMahon and Fraser. Retired
  National Country 2 May 1975 -
16 October 1982
  Nationals 16 October 1982 -
4 February 1983
  No image.svg Peter McGauran
Nationals 5 March 1983 -
9 April 2008
Served as minister under Howard. Resigned in order to retire from politics
  Darren Chester Portrait 2009.jpg Darren Chester
Nationals 28 June 2008 -
Served as minister under Turnbull. Incumbent. Currently a minister under Morrison

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Gippsland[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Darren Chester 52,202 54.00 -1.84
Labor Antoinette Holm 22,426 23.20 +2.99
Shooters, Fishers, Farmers David Snelling 6,872 7.11 +7.11
Greens Deb Foskey 5,835 6.04 -1.79
United Australia Kerri Brewer 4,257 4.40 +4.40
Independent Sonia Buckley 3,043 3.15 +3.15
Conservative National Neville Tickner 2,043 2.11 +2.11
Total formal votes 96,678 94.78 +1.64
Informal votes 5,320 5.22 -1.64
Turnout 101,998 92.27 -0.58
Two-party-preferred result
National Darren Chester 64,456 66.67 -1.54
Labor Antoinette Holm 32,222 33.33 +1.54
National hold Swing -1.54


  1. ^ Gippsland, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 37°35?02?S 147°46?01?E / 37.584°S 147.767°E / -37.584; 147.767

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