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Thornlie Electorate Profile (2021)

About the Thornlie Electorate

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

PDF version of the Thornlie Electorate map

PDF version of the East Metropolitan Region map

Area (sq km): 28
Number of Electors: 29,687
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Origin of the Name:
In December 1955, the then "Gosnells Road Board" wrote to the Nomenclature Advisory Committee informing them that a portion of Canning Location 17 had been approved for subdivision. They requested that the area be named Thornlie which appeared to be a name by which the whole estate was known in the early days. The name was approved in April 1956. One authority states the district was named after Thornlie Bank in Madras. When Padbury owned the property, it was run as an experimental farm by his niece's husband, Frank James, whose grandfather was in business at Thornlie Bank in Madras.
Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places.

Suburbs and Towns within the Electorate:
Gosnells *; Kenwick *; Maddington *; Martin *; Thornlie
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one Electorate.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Legislative Council Region:
East Metropolitan

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

Government: Bramfield Park Primary School; East Maddington Primary School; Forest Crescent Primary School; Gosnells Primary School; Maddington Education Support Centre; Maddington Primary School; South Thornlie Primary School; Thornlie Primary School; Thornlie Senior High School; Yale Primary School; Yule Brook College.

Other: Australian Islamic College - Perth; Lumen Christi College; Sacred Heart Primary School.

Local Newspapers:
  • Comment News (Gosnells)
  • Examiner (Gosnells)

Books about Thornlie
  • G McDonald: The Gosnells story (City of Gosnells, 1988)

Statistical Profile of the Thornlie Electorate


Information about the 2021 State General Election
Information about Previous Elections

Current Member

Chris Tallentire (ALP)

Chris Tallentire MLA was elected to the Western Australian Parliament as Member for Gosnells in September 2008. Chris lives in Thornlie and is a busy local representative, holding regular street corner meetings and getting things done. Chris’s local office is next to the Westpac Bank on Spencer Road in Thornlie.

Prior to entering Parliament, Chris was Director of the Conservation Council of WA where he led the Council's environmental campaigning, policy development and community engagement. From 2002 to 2004 Chris ran the Conservation Council's energy efficiency programme, which was designed to help householders reduce their energy bills, while also reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Chris was born in the north of England, migrating to Western Australia as a five-year-old in 1969. He did all his schooling in Perth, and then in 1983 set off for Europe, where he worked mostly in the hospitality sector in Paris. He is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Water; Youth; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science.

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Successive Members for the Thornlie Electorate

Constituency created under Redistribution of Seats 2015

Name Party Term
Christopher (Chris) John Tallentire Australian Labor Party 2008 -

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)