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About Barton

The Federal Electorate of Barton, comprising the St. George area and other inner southern suburbs of Sydney, is home to iconic historical sites and beautiful waterways.


Bounded by Cup and Saucer Creek and the Cooks River in the north, Botany Bay in the east, the Georges River in the south, and Beverly Hills in the west, Barton is home to over 140,000 people.


Barton’s main suburbs include Kogarah, Arncliffe, Rockdale, Banksia, Bardwell Valley, Bexley, and Brighton-le-Sands. The electorate hosts the beautiful shores of Ramsgate Beach and Kogarah Bay at Carss Bush Park.


The electorate is named after Sir Edmund Barton, the first Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Federation movement in NSW. Sir Barton was a founding justice of the High Court of Australia and was knighted as part of the Knight Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George in 1902.


Barton holds a special significance among Australian electorates as it was here that the HMS Endeavour sailed into Botany Bay to signal the British settlement of this continent.


Barton is a community proud of its cultural diversity. Ethnic communities dominate the social landscape of the area and contribute to the distinctive ‘mixing-pot’ feel of our cultural and civic centers. The people of Barton are a welcoming, social and charitable community.


Barton is home to the St. George Illawarra Dragons rugby team and contains the important medical and educational institutions St. George Public and Private Hospitals and the St. George TAFE. The electorate includes the Local Government Districts of Rockdale Council, Kogarah City Council, Canterbury Council, and Hurstville Council.


Business within the electorate generally focuses upon light manufacturing, commercial and retail industry, tourism, bakeries, chocolate making and health services.




McClelland, R (ALP) 1996–2013

Punch, G F (ALP) 1983–1996

Bradfield, J M (LP) 1975–1983

Reynolds, L J (ALP) 1969–1975

Arthur, W T (LP) 1966–1969

Reynolds, L J (ALP) 1958–1966

Evatt, H V (ALP) 1940–1958

Lane, A (UAP) 1931–1940

Tully, J T (ALP) 1928–1931

Ley, T J (NAT) 1925–1928

McDonald, F A (ALP) 1922–1925