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Current Member

John McGrath was elected into the Western Australian Legislative Assembly as the Member for South Perth on 26 February 2005 and re-elected in the 2008, 2013 and 2017 election.

John was born in Fremantle and was educated at Hamilton Hill Primary School and John Curtin Senior High School. He is married with two children and lives locally in the electorate of South Perth.

Prior to entering Parliament, John was a senior journalist at the West Australian Newspapers. During his career at “The West” he was a Senior Journalist, Sports Editor, Racing Editor and Chief Football Writer.

Before the change of Government in March 2017 he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier with responsibility over the Perth Stadium project. Following the 2017 state election, John was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Racing and Gaming; Sport and Recreation.

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South Perth Electorate Map

South Perth Electorate map

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Statistical Profile of the South Perth Electorate

South Perth Cover

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* More Statistics for South Perth Electorate

*New* Statistics for 2021 Election Boundaries


About the South Perth Electorate

Number of Electors: 26,896 (9 March 2015)
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information.
Nomenclature: South Perth derives its name from its location south of Perth. The area was identified as a separate suburb of Perth as early as 1831, and was the site of Perth's first mill in 1833.
(Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places. )
Suburbs/Towns: Bentley*, Como, Karawara, Kensington, Manning, Salter Point, South Perth, Victoria Park* and Waterford.
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one District.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information
Collier Primary School
Como Primary School
Como Secondary College
Curtin Primary School
Kensington Primary School
Kensington Secondary School
Kent Street Senior High School
Manning Primary School
South Perth Primary School

Aquinas College
Clontarf Aboriginal College
Penrhos College
St Columba's Catholic Primary School
St Pius X Catholic School
Wesley College
Local Newspapers:
Southern Gazette (South Perth)
Books about South Perth:
F Crowley: Westralian suburb - the history of South Perth, Western Australia (118p. Rigby, 1962)
Phillip Pendal: South Perth - the vanishing village (140p. City of South Perth Historical society, 2002)
Cecil Florey: Peninsular city, a social history of the City of South Perth, Western Australia (343p. City of South Perth, 1995)
Laurie O'Meara: 100 years on Barney's Hill (2017)
Local Governments within District
City of South Perth (part) ; Statistical Profile of City of South Perth Town of Victoria Park (part)

2017 Election Result

* Election analysis

Successive Members for the South Perth District

William Gordon
William Gordon

Constituency created under Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1899

William Beattie Gordon Ministerialist 1901 - 1904
Constituency abolished under Redistribution of Seats 1903.
Constituency revived under Redistribution of Seats 1948.
George Henry Yates Liberal and Country League 1950 - 1956
William Leonard Grayden Liberal Party 1956 - 1993
Phillip (Phil) George Pendal Liberal Party 1993 - 1995
Phillip (Phil) George Pendal Independent 1995 - 2005
John McGrath Liberal Party 2005 -
b = by-election