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Mandurah Electorate Profile (2021)

About the Mandurah Electorate

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

PDF version of the Mandurah electorate map

PDF version of the South West Region electorate map

Area (sq km): 50
Number of Electors: 31,445
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Origin of the Name:
Mandurah is a coastal city in the south west, 74 kilometres south of Perth. Land was originally reserved for a townsite named "Peel" on the west side of the entrance to Peel Inlet in July 1831 but no development took place and most early settlers took up residence on the east shore, the Aboriginal name of which was "Mandurah". The name is believed to be derived from the Aboriginal word "mandjar", meaning "trading place". Thomas Peel, an early settler in the area, named his residence "Mandurah House".
In July 1855, Thomas Peel surrendered to the Crown the area now bounded by Mandurah Terrace, Peel, Sholl and Gibson Streets to settle outstanding debts. It is likely that this area would have eventually become a townsite under the Land Act, but in 1898, it was discovered that the same area was included in lands held under Certificate of Title by G.C. Knight of Fremantle. The Registrar reported that the land had passed beyond the reach of caveat and consequently the Crown was unable to regain possession. As a result, Mandurah, although a fast growing settlement worthy of government interest, was developed purely by means of private subdivisions. The area was declared a townsite under the Local Government Act in 1950.
Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places.

Suburbs and Towns within the Electorate:
Coodanup; Dudley Park *; Greenfields; Lakelands; Madora Bay; Mandurah; Meadow Springs; Parklands; San Remo; Silver Sands
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one Electorate.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Legislative Council Region:
South West

Local Governments within the Electorate:
City of Mandurah; Statistical Profile of City of Mandurah

Government: Coastal Lakes College; Coodanup College; Greenfields Primary School; John Tonkin College; John Tonkin College Education Support Centre; Lakelands Primary School; Mandurah Primary School; Meadow Springs Education Support Centre; Meadow Springs Primary School; North Mandurah Primary School; Oakwood Primary School; Riverside Education Support Centre; Riverside Primary School.

Other: Assumption Catholic Primary School; Foundation Christian College; Frederick Irwin Anglican School; Mandurah Baptist College.

Local Newspapers:
  • Mandurah Mail
  • Mandurah Coastal Times

Books about Mandurah:
  • Jill Burgess: Mandurah - water under the bridge (172p. Town of Mandurah, 1988)
  • Ronald Richards: Murray and Mandurah - a sequel history of the Old Murray District of Western Australia (658p. Shire of Murray, 1993)
  • Ronald Richards: The Murray District of Western Australia, a history (500p. Shire of Murray, 1978)
  • W.C. Smart: Mandurah and Pinjarrah - history of Thomas Peel and the Peel Estate, 1829-1865 (96p. Paterson Brokensha, 1956)
  • Brian Hardy: Mandurah sketches, past & present (51p. Fontaine Press, 2007)

Statistical Profile of the Mandurah Electorate


Information about the 2021 State General Election
Information about Previous Elections

Current Member

David Templeman (ALP)

David was born in Northam, Western Australia, and attended Northam Senior High School before going on to the Western Australian College of Advanced Education (now Edith Cowan University) to study teaching.

Before entering politics, David worked as a schoolteacher, teaching at primary schools in Three Springs, Warnbro, and Mandurah. He also served on the Mandurah City Council between 1994 and 2001, including as deputy mayor from 1997.

David entered Parliament in 2001 and is currently Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage; and Leader of the House.

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Successive Members for the Mandurah Electorate

Constituency created under the Redistribution of Seats 1982

Name Party Term
John Bell Read Australian Labor Party 1983 - 1989
Roger Keith Nicholls Liberal Party 1989 - 2001
David Alan Templeman Australian Labor Party 2001 -

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)