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Electoral district of Ipswich

For the former New South Wales state electorate, see Electoral district of Ipswich (New South Wales).
QueenslandLegislative Assembly
State Queensland
Dates current 1860–1960, 1972–present
MP Ian Berry
Party Liberal National
Namesake Ipswich

Ipswich is a Legislative Assembly of Queensland electoral district on the Brisbane River, west of Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland. The electorate includes Ipswich and its suburbs, south and east of the Bremer River, west of Bundamba Creek and north of the Cunningham Highway.[1]

The seat is currently held by Ian Berry of the Liberal National Party.


The Electoral district of Town of Ipswich was one of the original 16 established in 1859, when Queensland became a separate colony. It returned 3 members.

In the redistribution of 1872, its name was shortened to just "Ipswich" and it became a single member constituency, due to the creation of the Electoral district of Bundamba. In the redistribution of 1878, it absorbed the Electoral district of Bremer and became a dual-member constituency.

In 1912, it again reverted to a single member constituency, due to the re-introduction of the single-member Electoral district of Bremer.[2]

Members for Ipswich

First incarnation (1860–1960),   3 members until 1873
Member 1 Party Term Member 2 Party Term Member 3 Party Term
  Frederick Forbes Unaligned 1860–1863   Patrick O'Sullivan Unaligned 1860–1863   Arthur Macalister Unaligned 1860–1868
  Ratcliffe Pring Unaligned 1863–1866   Harry Challinor Unaligned 1863–1868
  George Reed Unaligned 1866–1867   John Thompson Unaligned 1868–1873   Henry Williams Unaligned 1868–1870
  John Murphy Unaligned 1867–1870
  Benjamin Cribb Unaligned 1870–1873   John Johnston Unaligned 1870–1872
  Arthur Macalister Unaligned 1872–1873
1873–1878,   1 member
Member Party Term
  Arthur Macalister Unaligned 1873–1876
  George Thorn, Jr. Unaligned 1876–1878
1878–1912,   2 members
Member 1 Party Term Member 2 Party Term
  John Thompson Unaligned 1878–1881   John MacFarlane Ministerialist 1878–1894
  Josiah Francis Unaligned 1881–1883
  William Salkeld Unaligned 1883–1888
  Andrew Henry Barlow Ministerialist 1888–1896
  James Wilkinson Labor 1894–1896   Alfred Stephenson Ministerialist 1896–1902
  Thomas Cribb Ministerialist 1896–1904   Sir James Blair Independent/
  William Maughan Labor 1904–1912
1912–1960,   1 member
Member Party Term
  Sir James Blair Ministerialist/Independent 1912–1915
  David Gledson Labor 1915–1929
  James Walker Country and Progressive National 1929–1932
  David Gledson Labor 1932–1949
  Ivor Marsden Labor 1949–1960
Second incarnation (1972–present),   1 member
Member Party Term
  Sir Llewellyn Edwards Liberal 1972–1983
  David Hamill Labor 1983–2001
  Rachel Nolan Labor 2001–2012
  Ian Berry Liberal National 2012–present

Election results

Main article: Electoral results for the district of Ipswich
Queensland state election, 2012: Ipswich[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Ian Berry 10,023 35.87 +6.81
Labor Rachel Nolan 8,703 31.14 -29.02
Katter's Australian Party Will Keys 4,041 14.46 +14.46
Independent Patricia Petersen 2,470 8.84 +8.84
Greens Veronica White 1,568 5.61 -1.09
Family First Tim Stieler 880 3.15 -0.93
Independent Robert Jeremy 259 0.93 +0.93
Total formal votes 27,944 97.33 -0.73
Informal votes 767 2.67 +0.73
Turnout 28,711 92.01 -0.50
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Ian Berry 12,243 54.19 +20.90
Labor Rachel Nolan 10,351 45.81 -20.90
Liberal National gain from Labor Swing +20.90


External links

  • Electorate Profile (Antony Green, ABC)
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