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Kimberley Electorate Profile

Current Member

Josie Farrer is a Kija woman born in Moola Bulla station, near Halls Creek in the Kimberley Region. She has lived in Halls Creek since 1955. Josie works hard to give her community more opportunities to connect with Indigenous culture, law and land in a meaningful way.

Josie has served as a Director with the Kimberley Land Council, and as a Councillor on the Shire of Halls Creek for 16 years, including seven years as the Shire President. She is also a member and active volunteer/artist of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre.

Josie has served on a number of regional boards and on both state and federal committees, including seven years as the deputy, and occasionally holding the role of acting Chair of the Kimberley Development Commission.

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Statistical Profile of the Kimberley Electorate

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About the Kimberley Electorate

Area (km2): 419,078Number of Electors: 16,867 (9 March 2015)
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information.
Nomenclature: Named after the Kimberley District. Following discovery of the district by Alexander Forrest in 1879 it was decided to open the new district for settlement. The Governor, Sir William Robinson, sent copies of suggested land regulations to the Earl of Kimberley, the Secretary of State for the Colonies, and in his dispatch said that it was proposed that the new country should be called the Kimberley District. This name was approved by the Earl of Kimberley in a telegram dated 26 August 1880.
(Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places.)
Suburbs/Towns: Bilingurr, Broome, Cable Beach, Camballin, Cambridge Gulf, Dampier Peninsula, Derby, Djugun, Drysdale River, Durack, Eighty Mile Beach, Fitzroy Crossing, Geegully Creek, Gibb, Gingerah, Halls Creek, Kalumburu, Kimbolton, King Leopold Ranges, Kununurra, Lagrange, Lake Argyle, McBeath, Meda, Minyirr, Mitchell Plateau, Mt Hardman, Mueller Ranges, Oombulgurri, Ord River, Purnululu, Roebuck, St George Ranges, Sturt Creek, Tanami, Warmun, Waterbank, Willare and Wyndham.
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one District.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information
Bayulu Remote Community School
Broome North Primary School
Broome Primary School
Broome Senior High School
Cable Beach Primary School
Dawul Remote Community School
Derby District High School
Djugerari Remote Community High School
Fitzroy Valley District High school
Halls Creek District High School
Jungdranung Remote Community School
Kalumburu Remote Community School
Kimberley School of the Air
Kununurra District High School
La Grange Remote Community School
Looma Remote Community school
Muludja Remote Community school
Ngalapita Remote Community School
One Arm Point Remote Community school
Roebuck Primary School
Wananami Remote Community school
Wangkatjungka Remote Community school
Wyndham District High school

Birlirr Ngawiyiwu Catholic School
Christ the King Catholic School
Holy Rosary School
John Pujajangka Piyirn School
Kulkarriya Comunity School
Kururrungku Catholic Education Centre
Luurnpa Catholic School
Ngalangangpum School
Nyikina Mangala Community School
Purnululu Aboriginal Independent Community School
Sacred Heart School
St Joseph's School/Kununurra
St Joseph's School/Wyndham
St Mary's College
Warlawurru Catholic School
Wanalirri Catholic School
Wulungarra School
Yakanarra Community School
Yiramalay / Wesley Studio School
Yiyili Aboriginal Community School
Local Newspapers:
Kimberley Echo
Broome Advertiser
Halls Creek Herald
Pilbara News
North West Telegraph
Books about Kimberley:
John Thompson-Gray: Love, Luck and Larceny (2015)
Kevin Moran: Sand and stone - Pigeon (Hesperian Press, 2011)
Kevin Moran: Sand and stone - cattle and conflict (Hesperian Press, 2010)
Hugh Edwards: Kimberley - dreaming to diamonds (251p. Hugh Edwards, 1991)
Hugh Edwards: Port of pearls - a history of Broome (196p. Rigby, 1983)
Remi Balagai: This is your place - Beagle Bay mission 1890-1990, birthplace and cradle of the Catholic presence in the Kimberley (166p. Pallottine Centre, 2001)
Roger Garwood: Broome - landscapes and people (98p. Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1983)
John Bailey: The white divers of Broome - the true story of a fatal experiment (301p. Pan McMillan, 2001)
Barney Barnes: Raparapa - stories of the Fitzroy River drover (288p. Magabala Books, 2011)
Cathie Clement: Old Halls Creek, a town remembered (68p. National Heritage, 2000)
Norma Wainwright: Kununurra, from dreams to reality (421p. Norma Wainwright, 2006)
Rod Dickson: The price of a pearl (191p. Hesperian Press, 2002)
Susan Sickert: Beyond the lattice, Broome's early years (199p. Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2003)
Rosemary Hemphill: The master pearler's daughter - memories of my Broome childhood (270p. Pan MacMillan, 2004)
L Burges: Pioneers of Nor'-West Australia, pastoral and pearling (25p. Hesperian Press, 2008)
Tim Willing: Under a regent moon - a historical account of pioneer pastoralists Joseph Bradshaw and Aeneas Gunn at Marigui Settlement, Prince Regent River, Kimberley, Western Australia, 1891-1892 (66p. Dept of Conservation and Land Management, 2002)
James Battye: The history of the North West of Australia - embracing Kimberley, Gascoyne and Murchison districts (318p. Jones, 1915)
Hamlet Cornish: Pioneering in the Kimberleys (25p. Hesperian Press, 2011)
Bill Withers: Frontier dreaming - a light hearted look at the birth of a Kimberley frontier town (160p. W R Withers, 1997)
W A Beattie: Australia's North-West challenge (183p. Kimberley Publishing, 1980)
Mary Jebb: Blood, sweat and welfare, a history of white bosses and Aboriginal pastoral workers (364p. UWA Press, 2002)
Peter Bridge: Russian Jack (134p. Hesperian Press, 2002)
Ken Mellowship: Wyndham, with a ton of salt (49p. Hesperian Press, 2004)
Janet Holman: Legend of the Kimberley - the life and stories of Lawson Holman, flying doctor and flying surgeon (170p. Hesperian Press, 2005)
Lucy Marshall: Reflections of a Kimberley woman (Madjulla, 2004)
Howard Pedersen: Jandamarra and the Bunuba resistance (216p. Magabala Books, 1995)
R Pilmer: Northern patrol, an Australian saga (179p. Hesperian Press, 1996)
Magdalene Williams: Ngay Janijirr ngank (This is my word) (121p. Magabala Books, 1999)
W Charnley: Pigeon (27p. Hesperian Press, 2010)
W Charnley: The tragic pearl (24p. Hesperian Press, 2010)
W Charnley:The McGuire mystery - killers of the Kimberley coast (18p. Hesperian Press, 2010)

2017 Election Result

* Election analysis

Successive Members for the Kimberley District

Francis Connor
Francis Connor

Constituency created under the Redistribution of Seats 1903

Francis Connor Independent 1904 - 1905
Arthur Male Ministerialist 1905 - 1917
Michael Patrick Durack Nationalist 1917 - 1924
Aubrey Augustus Michael Coverley Australian Labor Party 1924 - 1953
John Joseph Rhatigan Australian Labor Party 1953b - 1968
Keith Alan Ridge Liberal and Country League 1968 - 1980
Ernest (Ernie) Francis Bridge Australian Labor Party 1980 - 1996
Ernest (Ernie) Francis Bridge Independent 1996 - 2001
Carol Anne Martin Australian Labor Party 2001 - 2013
Josephine (Josie) Farrer Australian Labor Party 2013 -
b = by-election