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Bassendean Electorate Profile (2021)

About the Bassendean Electorate

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

PDF version of the Bassendean electorate map

PDF version of the East Metropolitan Region electorate map

Area (sq km): 26
Number of Electors: 29,509
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Origin of the name:
The name "Bassendean" was first recorded by Surveyor J.W. Gregory in 1841 as the name of 1455 acres for Mr P. Brown, who had his homestead on the West Bank of Swan River. Peter Brown (or Broun) was WA's first Colonial Secretary in 1832 and apparently named his property on the Swan River after a family property in England, Bassendean in Berwickshire. This area was also previously known as West Guildford. A competition to choose a new name for the area was held in 1922; two school children nominated the name "Bassendean" after Peter Brown's property.
Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places.

Suburbs and Towns within the electorate:
Ashfield; Bassendean; Bayswater *; Beechboro *; Bennett Springs *; Caversham *; Eden Hill; Embleton *; Kiara; Lockridge; Morley *
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one electorate.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Legislative Council Region:
East Metropolitan

Local Governments within Electorate:
Town of Bassendean
City of Swan ; Statistical Profile of City of Swan
City of Bayswater

Government: Anzac Terrace Primary School; Ashfield Primary School; Bassendean Primary School; Beechboro Primary School; Cyril Jackson Senior Campus; Cyril Jackson Senior Campus Education Support Centre; East Beechboro Primary School; Eden Hill Primary School; Hampton Senior High School; Kiara College; Lockridge Primary School; West Beechboro Primary School.

Other: Beechboro Christian School; Casa Mia Montessori Community School; Good Shepherd Catholic School; St Michael's School.

Local Newspapers:
  • Eastern Suburbs Reporter
  • Echo

Books about Bassendean:
  • Jennie Carter: Bassendean: a social history 1829-1979 (321p. Town of Bassendean, 1986)
  • Morva Gogan: Bassendean and Guildford sketchbook (64p. Rigby, 1976)
  • Catherine May: Changes they've seen - the City and people of Bayswater 1829-1997 (344p. City of Bayswater, 2006)

Statistical Profile of the Bassendean Electorate


Information about the 2021 State General Election
Information about Previous Elections

Current Member

Dave Kelly (ALP)

Elected in 2013 as the Member for Bassendean in the WA Parliament. Dave has lived in nearby Bayswater with his family for the past 15 years. His kids go to local schools.

Dave was the elected WA Secretary of United Voice, the union that represents frontline staff in WA’s schools, hospitals, childcare, disability and aged care centres along with cleaners, security and hospitality workers.

Dave has run campaigns including against the privatisation of Western Australia's hospitals and schools, and for a better deal for cleaners.

Dave and a couple of others successfully ran a campaign to see that banking services were retained in their local area when the big four banks started to pull out. Today, the community bank he played a primary role in establishing has two branches and is now one of the most successful in Australia.

Dave is the

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Successive Members for the Bassendean Electorate

Constituency created under Redistribution of Seats 1994

Name Party Term
Clive Morris Brown Australian Labor Party 1996 - 2005
Martin Paul Whiteley Australian Labor Party 2005 - 2013
Dave Kelly Australian Labor Party 2013 -

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)