Early history: The Victorian upper house seat of Evelyn goes
back to the commencement of the Parliament of Victoria in 1851, when we just had
the Legislative Council. In 1856, when the Legislative Assembly was
established, Evelyn became a lower house seat. Evelyn County in Victoria
got it's name from William J Evelyn, who served as MP for Surrey West, in the
House of Commons, England, from 1849 -1857. Evelyn County was in similar
proximity to the current seat of Evelyn. The original Evelyn railway
station was 27.5 miles from Melbourne, and was part of the Lilydale to Warburton
Population: The Evelyn electorate strikes a perfect balance
between urban and rural communities. According to recent census figures, 52,532
people live in Evelyn and 37,452 are eligible to vote. Generally considered a
younger electorate, the average age of Evelyn citizens is 33 years.
Around 7.2% of the people living in Evelyn were born in the United Kingdom.
Evelyn has a very small population of Asian, African and Eastern European
Area and suburbs: Covers 276.7 sq km on the outer
north-eastern fringe of Melbourne. The suburbs of Evelyn are Chirnside Park,
Coldstream, Gruyere, Lilydale, Mooroolbark, Mount Evelyn, Seville, Wandin, Wonga
Park and Yering.
History/trivia: In 120 years, this seat has only been held
by the Labor Party three times. It was won by Labor in 1952 when John Cain Sr
led Labor to majority government for the first time in its history. It was again
won by Labor in 1982 when John Cain Jr led Labor to its second majority
government. The third victory was in 2002 as part of the landslide victory for
Industries of area: wineries, orchards, nurseries, tourism,
light manufacturing and retail.