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, Blackburn North and Nunawading in the north to Chadstone, Mount Waverley and Glen Waverley in the south and from Burwood East and Forest Hill in the east to Surrey Hills, Burwood and Ashwood in the west.
The suburbs of Ashwood, Blackburn, Blackburn North, Blackburn South, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Box Hill South, Burwood, Burwood East, Mount Waverley, Chadstone (part), Forest Hill (part), Glen Waverley (part), Nunawading (part) and Surrey Hills (part) are in the division.
Chisholm features Deakin University, one of Australia’s leading tertiary education institutions with a student population of over 26,000. Chisholm is also home to Box Hill Hospital, notable shopping precincts and leafy residential areas.
The Chisholm electorate includes a large and diverse non English speaking population making it one of the 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.