Division of Capricornia

Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Capricornia is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was one of the original 75 divisions set up for the first federal election in 1901. It is named for the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs through the Division. It covers the area around Rockhampton on the central Queensland coast. It includes the towns of Mount Morgan and Yeppoon, and Great Keppel Island.[1]

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Capricornia (green) within Queensland
MPMichelle Landry
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeTropic of Capricorn
Electors91,961 (2010)
Area91,049 km2 (35,154.2 sq mi)


Member Party Term
  Alexander Paterson Independent Free Trade 1901–1903
  David Thomson Labor 1903–1906
  Edward Archer Anti-Socialist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  William Higgs Labor 1910–1920
  Independent 1920–1920
  Nationalist 1920–1922
  Frank Forde Labor 1922–1946
  Charles Davidson Liberal 1946–1949
  Henry Pearce Liberal 1949–1961
  George Gray Labor 1961–1967
  Doug Everingham Labor 1967–1975
  Colin Carige National 1975–1977
  Doug Everingham Labor 1977–1984
  Keith Wright Labor 1984–1993
  Independent 1993–1993
  Marjorie Henzell Labor 1993–1996
  Paul Marek National 1996–1998
  Kirsten Livermore Labor 1998–present

The most famous member was Frank Forde, who was the Prime Minister of Australia for eight days in 1945.

Election resultsEdit


  1. "Profile of the electoral division of Capricornia (Qld)". Australian Electoral Commission. 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.

Other websitesEdit

Preceded by
Division represented by the Prime Minister
Frank Forde
Succeeded by

Coordinates: 22°03′04″S 148°11′20″E / 22.051°S 148.189°E / -22.051; 148.189