About Ryde

History of the Electorate of Ryde

The State Electorate of Ryde was created originally in 1894 with the abolition of multi-member districts, from part of Central Cumberland and named after and including Ryde.

It was abolished in 1904 with the downsizing of the Legislative Assembly after Federation, but recreated in 1913. In 1920, the electoral districts of Ryde, Burwood, Drummoyne, Gordon and Willoughby were combined to create a new incarnation of Ryde, which elected five members by proportional representation.

This was replaced by single member electorates, including Ryde, Burwood, Drummoyne, Eastwood, Gordon and Willoughby for the 1927 election. Ryde was abolished in 1968, being partly replaced by Fuller.

In 1981, Fuller was abolished and replaced by a recreated Ryde and Gladesville. In 1991, Ryde was abolished again, but in 1999, Gladesville and Eastwood were abolished and largely replaced by a sixth incarnation of Ryde and Epping.

Victor’s Description of Ryde

(Excerpts from Inaugural Speech to Parliament, Wednesday 26th November 2008)

“My longstanding connection with Ryde goes back to the 1930s when my paternal grandparents, Vittorio and Immaculatta Dominello, settled and raised their family in North Ryde. They established a market garden in the area and then went on to establish a local fruit shop in Eastwood. The connection with the area also exists on my mother’s side, when in the 1940s, my maternal grandparents, Cosimo and Theresa Iemma, settled and spent a lot of time working and raising their family in the Top Ryde area. Most of my family and I went to schools and churches within the electorate.

I served as a councillor on Ryde council for nine years. While doorknocking in the recent campaign, I was comforted by the sea of friendly faces that reminded me of this deep-seated bond that I have with Ryde and its people. In this my inaugural speech, it is important for me to outline the values that I bring to this House. Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, spoke for me when he said:”Let all bear in mind that a society is judged not so much by the standards attained by its more affluent and privileged members as by the quality of life which it is able to assure for its weakest members…”

“Ryde is a very vibrant place. Almost 40 per cent of the people of Ryde were born overseas. Among others, we are fortunate to have a rich tapestry of cultures: Armenians, Chinese, English, Italians, Indians, Koreans and Lebanese, all living within our beautiful electorate. Last Thursday at the Australian citizenship ceremony for Ryde residents there were 83 new citizens from 25 different countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. As the new member for Ryde I will lead by example and do everything I can to embrace and celebrate all our cultures within Ryde, as well as promote the beauty that our diversity brings. Ryde is a real microcosm of metropolitan Sydney. This is why she is regarded as the pulse of metropolitan New South Wales. Ryde has the three major public transport arteries coursing through her: buses on Epping, Lane Cove and Victoria roads, ferries on Parramatta River, and trains on the Northern Line.

Ryde houses the Macquarie Business Park, which will soon be the second largest central business district in New South Wales. Ryde also has within her growing domain magnetic shopping centres at Macquarie, Top Ryde and Eastwood as well as an array of businesses, from the corner shops to the global giants. Ryde also houses important places of education, such as Macquarie University, two TAFE colleges and 18 primary and secondary schools. Ryde must be catered for because she is so pivotal to the people of Ryde and to the many other people in New South Wales who will increasingly gravitate to her and rely on her each day for employment, education, industry and commerce.”