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Albany Electorate Profile (2021)

About the Albany Electorate

Map showing the boundaries of the Albany electorate for the 2021 election

PDF version of Albany electorate map

PDF version of South West Region electorate map


Area: 4,324 (sq km).

Number of Electors: 27,464
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.


Origin of the Name:
The city of Albany, located on the south coast of Western Australia, was officially named by Governor Stirling at the beginning of 1832. It is named after Frederick, the Duke of Albany and York, and the favourite son of King George III. The city is located on King George Sound which was discovered and named "King George the Third's Sound" on 28 September 1791, by Captain Vancouver. Albany was the site of the first settlement in WA when Major Edmund Lockyer of the 57th Regiment, under instructions from the NSW Government hoisted the British Flag on 21 January 1827 on the site of "The Residency". The city was more often referred to as King George Sound or King George's Sound for about the first 40 years of settlement. Portion of it was originally named "Fredrickstown" by Major Lockyer in 1827 in honour of the Duke of York and Albany, Commander in Chief of the British Army. This name disappeared about 1831 and the name Albany was retained for the whole town.
Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places.

Suburbs and Towns within the Electorate:
Albany; Bayonet Head; Big Grove; Bornholm; Centennial Park; Cheynes; Collingwood Heights; Collingwood Park; Cuthbert; Drome; Elleker; Emu Point; Frenchman Bay; Gledhow; Gnowellen; Goode Beach; Green Range; Green Valley; Kalgan; King River; Kojaneerup South; Kronkup; Lange; Little Grove; Lockyer; Lower King; Lowlands; Manypeaks; Marbelup; McKail; Mettler; Middleton Beach; Millbrook; Milpara; Mira Mar; Mt Clarence; Mt Elphinstone; Mt Melville; Nanarup; Napier; Nullaki; Orana; Palmdale; Port Albany; Redmond; Redmond West; Robinson; Seppings; South Stirling; Spencer Park; Torbay; Torndirrup; Vancouver Peninsula; Walmsley; Warrenup; Wellstead; Willyung; Yakamia; Youngs Siding.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Legislative Council Region:
South West

Local Governments within the Electorate:
City of Albany ; Statistical Profile of City of Albany.

Schools
Government: Albany Primary School; Albany Secondary Education Support Centre; Albany Senior High School; Flinders Park Primary School; Little Grove Primary School; Mount Lockyer Primary School; Mount Manypeaks Primary School; North Albany Senior High School; South Stirling Primary School; Spencer Park Education Support Centre; Spencer Park Primary School; Wellstead Primary School; Yakamia Primary School.
Other: Australian Christian College - Southlands; Bethel Christian School; Great Southern Grammar; John Calvin School; Parklands School; St Joseph's College; Woodbury Boston Primary School.

Local Newspapers:
  • Albany Advertiser
  • Albany Extra
  • Denmark Bulletin
  • Great Southern Herald
  • Great Southern Weekender
  • Narrogin Observer

Books about Albany:
  • Les Johnson: Albany - who & what. (68p. Western Australian Museum, 2001)
  • Les Johnson: The Albany Chamber (166p. Albany Chamber of Commerce, 2004)
  • Les Johnson: Love thy land - a study of the Shire of Albany (229p. Shire of Albany, 1982)
  • Les Johnson: Major Edmund Lockyer - forgotten Australian pioneer (108p. Western Australian Museum, 2002)
  • Stan Austin: Lighthouses of Albany (83p. Western Australian Museum, 2004)
  • Alan Carter: Albany and the Great Southern - a region of diversity (90p. Green Skills Inc, 2006)
  • Gordon Marshall: Maritime Albany remembered (336p. Tangee, 2001)
  • Helen Wilson: Albany sketchbook (62p. Rigby, 1975)
  • Douglas Sellick: First impressions - Albany 1791-1901, travellers' tales (234p. Western Australian Museum, 1997)

Statistical Profile of the Albany Electorate

Current Member

Rebecca Stephens (ALP)

Rebecca was born and raised in Albany, completing her schooling at Albany Senior High School.

Rebecca has been a Councillor of the City of Albany and the Regional Manager for Worklink WA, who provide training services for disengaged youth and career service advice for members of the community - a job she found incredibly rewarding.

Rebecca is committed to continuing the hard work done by her good friend, and former MLA, Peter Watson, and to be a champion for Albany ensuring a strong future for the community.

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Successive Members for the Albany Electorate

Name Party Term
Lancel Victor De Hamel   1890 - 1894
George Leake Oppositionist 1894 - 1900
John Frederick Tasman Hassell Oppositionist 1900b
James Gardiner Oppositionist 1901 - 1904
Charles Christopher Keyser Australian Labor Party 1904 - 1905
Edward Charles Barnett Ministerialist 1905 - 1909
Richard William Price Australian Labor Party 1909b - 1917
Herbert Robinson Nationalist 1917 - 1919
John Scaddan Nationalist 1919b - 1924
Arthur William Wansbrough Australian Labor Party 1924 - 1936
Leonard Louis Hill Country Party 1936 - 1956
Jack Hall Australian Labor Party 1956 - 1970
Wyndham Truran Cook Australian Labor Party 1970b - 1974
Leon Harold Watt Liberal Party 1974 - 1993
Antony Kevin Royston Prince Liberal Party 1993 - 2001
Peter Bruce Watson Australian Labor Party 2001 - 2021
Rebecca Stephens Australian Labor Party 2021 -

b = by-election
Source:
Black, David & Valerie Prescott. Election Statistics: Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia Electoral Commission, 1997.
Parliament of Western Australia, Members (website) https://www.parliament.wa.gov.au