Today the Yarra Council area and electorate of Richmond are roughly similar (see maps for details). The areas include Abbotsford, Burnley, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Cremorne, Richmond and part of North Fitzroy. It has been a stepping off point for waves of migrants, and heartland for union, ALP, student and creative communities. It’s vibrant, diverse, unique, historic, growing fast, changing. Between 2016–2050 Melbourne Metro will increase to eight million and by 2031 the Yarra population may increase 75,000 or more.
Yarra Council formed in 1994 from a merger of 4-5 councils (Richmond, Fitzroy, Collingwood, parts of Carlton North (previously part of the City of Melbourne) and parts of Alphington and Fairfield (previously part of the former City of Northcote). Each of the main merging council areas centred on a shopping strip (Smith, Brunswick, Victoria, Johnston, Swan, Bridge streets).
The Electoral District of Richmond is one of only three Victorian electorates to have been contested at every election since 1856. Victoria’s first election was in 1856 and colonial labour parties contested seats from 1891. The national ALP was formed 8 May 1901 in Melbourne, following Federation in 1901.
The Richmond Electorate has been held by the ALP held since 1908, though in 1955 Labor MP Frank Scully was re-elected for the Anti-Communist Labor. Scully, as the newly formed DLP leader, was the only MP to hold his seat at the next election, but was defeated in 1958 by ALP Bill Towers, previously the member for the abolished seat of Collingwood. Past Richmond MLAs include Clyde Holding 1962-77 (Labor Leader and later Federal MP), Theo Sidropoulos 1977-88 and Demetri Dollis 1988-99. Dollis was Deputy Leader to John Brumby 1994-97, but was dis-endorsed in 1999 for time spent in overseas political work. Dollis was succeeded by Richard Wynne. Since 2002 Labor has relied on Greens and Liberal preferences.
Talk with ALP pollies representing the Yarra electorate at local, state or federal levels:
- Cr. Danae Bosler – Yarra Councillor, Langridge Ward
- Cr. Mi Lin Chen –Yarra Councillor, Melba Ward
- Richard Wynne MLA – State Labor Member for the electorate of Richmond, Victorian Minister for Planning
- The Hon. Jenny Mikakos MLC – Victorian Upper House Labor Member for the Northern Metropolitan Region
Victorian Minister for Families and Children, and Minister for Youth Affairs
- The Hon. Nazih Elasmar MLC – Victorian Upper House Labor Member for the Northern Metropolitan Region
- Senator Gavin Marshall – Federal Government Victorian Labor Federal Duty Senator.
|Electoral district of Richmond members (where b = by-election) Table from Wikipedia
1856–1904, 2 members
|Member 1||Party||Term||Member 2||Party||Term|
|George Evans||Unaligned||Nov. 1856 – Aug. 1859||Daniel Campbell||Unaligned||Nov. 1856 – Aug. 1859|
|James Francis||Unaligned||Oct. 1859 – Nov. 1874||Alfred Woolley||Unaligned||Oct. 1859 – July 1861|
|Thomas Lambert||Unaligned||Aug. 1861 – July 1864|
|Archibald Wardrop||Unaligned||Nov. 1864 – July? 1866|
|Ambrose Kyte||Unaligned||Jan. 1867[b] – Dec. 1867|
|James Harcourt||Unaligned||June 1868 – June 1871|
|Louis Smith||Unaligned||Apr. 1871 – Mar. 1874|
|Joseph Bosisto||Unaligned||Dec. 1874[b] – Mar. 1889||Robert Inglis||Unaligned||May 1874 – Apr. 1877|
|Louis Smith||Unaligned||May 1877 – Feb. 1880|
|William Walker||Unaligned||May 1880 – June 1880|
|Louis Smith||Unaligned||July 1880 – Feb. 1883|
|Charles Smith||Unaligned||Feb. 1883 – Mar. 1889|
|George Bennett||Unaligned||Apr. 1889 – Sep. 1908|
|William Trenwith||Labour||Apr. 1889 – Nov. 1903|
|George Roberts||Labour||Dec. 1903[b] – May. 1904|
1904–present, 1 member
|Ted Cotter||Labor||Oct. 1908[b] – Oct. 1945|
|Stan Keon||Labor||Nov. 1945 – Oct. 1949|
|Frank Scully||Labor||Dec. 1949[b] – May 1955|
|Democratic Labor||June 1955 – May 1958|
|Bill Towers||Labor||May 1958 – Mar. 1962|
|Clyde Holding||Labor||May 1962[b] – Nov. 1977|
|Theo Sidiropoulos||Labor||Dec. 1977[b] – Aug. 1988|
|Demetri Dollis||Labor||Oct. 1988 – Sep. 1999|
|Richard Wynne||Labor||Sep. 1999 – present|