Division of Batman

former Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Batman was an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It was created in 1906 and replaced the Division of Northern Melbourne. It was abolished in 2019 and replaced by the Division of Cooper.[1]

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Batman (green) in Melbourne, Victoria
NamesakeJohn Batman
Electors108,942 (2016)
Area66 km2 (25.5 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

It took its name from John Batman, one of the founders of the city of Melbourne.[2] At first it covered the inner suburbs of Carlton and Fitzroy, but as the boundaries changed it moved north. It included Alphington, Clifton Hill , Northcote, Preston, Reservoir and Thornbury.


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Jabez Coon Protectionist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
    Henry Beard Labor 1910–1910 Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Jika Jika. Died in office
    Frank Brennan Labor 1911–1931 Served as minister under Scullin. Lost seat
    Samuel Dennis United Australia 1931–1934 Lost seat
    Frank Brennan Labor 1934–1949 Retired
    Alan Bird Labor 1949–1962 Died in office
    Sam Benson
Labor 1962 –
August 1966
  Independent August 1966 –
    Horrie Garrick Labor 1969–1977 Lost pre-selection and retired
    Brian Howe Labor 1977–1996 Served as minister and Deputy Prime Minister under Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. Retired
    Martin Ferguson Labor 1996–2013 Served as minister under Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. Retired
    David Feeney Labor 2013-
1 February 2018
Previously a member of the Senate. Disqualified over dual citizenship
    Ged Kearney
Labor Elected in a by-election, 17 March 2018 –
11 April 2019
Transferred to the Division of Cooper after Batman was abolished in 2019

Brian Howe was the Deputy Prime Minister in the Hawke and Keating governments. Martin Ferguson was the leader of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) before being elected.[3] David Feeney was elected to the Australian Senate in 2007, and resigned to take up a seat in the House of Representatives.

Election resultsEdit


  1. "Profile of the electoral division of Batman (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  2. "Profile of the electoral division of Batman (Vic)". Australian Electoral Commission. 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  3. "Tony Abbott's teary farewell to former Labor minister Martin Ferguson". heraldsun.com.au. 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.

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Coordinates: 37°43′59″S 145°00′50″E / 37.733°S 145.014°E / -37.733; 145.014