The Chisholm electorate was created in 1949 and is named after Caroline Chisholm, an early social worker and advocate for the welfare and political rights of women and children in the 19th century.
The first and longest serving MP for Chisholm was Sir Wilfred Kent Hughes who held the seat from 1949 – 1970. Sir Wilfred was a Rhodes Scholar, soldier, prisoner-of-war, Olympian and Chairman of the Organising Committee for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
Chisholm is located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. It covers an area of approximately 65 sq km from Box Hill North in the north to Oakleigh and Clayton in the south and from Burwood East and Mount Waverley in the east to Burwood and Chadstone in the west.
The suburbs of Ashwood, Blackburn South, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Box Hill South, Burwood, Chadstone, Clayton (part), Forest Hill (part), Huntingdale, Mont Albert, Mont Albert North (part), Mount Waverley, Oakleigh (part), Oakleigh East and Surrey Hills (part) are in the division.
Chisholm features Monash and Deakin Universities two of Australia’s leading tertiary education institutions with a combined student population of over 50,000. Chisholm is also home to Box Hill Hospital and Monash Medical Centre which provides over 250 community and hospitable based services. In addition, the new Monash Children’s Hospital will soon be completed adding another fantastic facility for the people of Chisholm.
The Chisholm electorate includes a large and diverse non English speaking population making it the third most culturally diverse electorate in Australia.
The Chisholm electorate is a great cross section of the Australian population, and also features a diverse range of small businesses, light and heavy industries.