Electoral district of Charters Towers

Charters Towers
QueenslandLegislative Assembly
State Queensland
Dates current 1888–1960; 1992–2009
Namesake Charters Towers

Charters Towers was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland. It has had three incarnations, most recently being created as part of a redistribution in 1991 and lasting until 2008.

The electorate covered a vast area of central Queensland, from Etheridge Shire in the north to Jericho Shire in the south. Major locations within the division included Georgetown, Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond, Moranbah, Clermont, Tieri, Alpha, Aramac and Muttaburra.

In 2008, Charters Towers was abolished—with effect at the 2009 state election—as a result of a redistribution undertaken by the Electoral Commission of Queensland. Its former territory and voters were split between the districts of Burdekin, Gregory, Mount Isa and the new seat of Dalrymple.

An earlier district called Charters Towers based in the same region existed from 1888 to 1960. Firstly as a dual member electorate, and from 1912 as a single member electorate. Its most notable representative was Anderson Dawson of the Labor Party, Premier of Queensland for six days in December 1899, and leader of the world's first parliamentary socialist government.

Members for Charters Towers

First incarnation (1888–1912, 2 members)
MemberPartyTerm MemberPartyTerm
  Robert Sayers Unaligned 1888–1893   Sir Arthur Rutledge Ministerialist 1888–1893
  Anderson Dawson Labour 1893–1901   John Dunsford Labour 1893–1905
  John Burrows Labour 1901–1907
  William Paull Opposition 1905–1908
  Joe Millican Opposition 1907–1908
  Vernon Winstanley Labour 1908–1912   John Mullan Labour 1908–1912
Second incarnation (1912–1960, 1 member)
  Robert Wynn Williams Ministerialist 1912–1915
  William Wellington Labor 1915–1939
  Arthur Jones Labor 1939–1957
  Queensland Labor 1957–1960
Third incarnation (1992–2009, 1 member)
  Rob Mitchell National 1992–2001
  Christine Scott Labor 2001–2004
  Shane Knuth National 2004–2008
  Liberal National 2008–2009

Election results

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