2022–2026 electoral district map

Electoral District of Torrens (PDF, 706KB)

Features of the district


This district located to the north-east of the City of Adelaide consists largely of residential suburbs. Most of its southern boundary is defined by the River Torrens/Karrawirra Parri.


Approximately 17.9 km2


Torrens includes the suburbs of Gilles Plains, Greenacres, Hampstead Gardens, Hillcrest, Holden Hill, Klemzig, Manningham, Oakden, Vale Park, Valley View and Windsor Gardens.


The district of Torrens has had three incarnations as a House of Assembly seat. It first existed from 1902 until 1915 as a large multi-member district covering most of the eastern suburbs of Adelaide. In its next two incarnations, from 1938 until 1985 and from 1993 until present, Torrens has been a much smaller metropolitan seat in Adelaide's inner north-eastern suburbs, located around or adjacent to the Torrens River.

Origin of the name

The district is named after Sir Robert Richard Torrens GCMG (1814–1884), a former premier of South Australia and the founder of the Torrens land title land registration system. Torrens migrated to Adelaide from Ireland in 1839. He was at various times Collector of Customs, Legislative Councillor (1851), Treasurer, and Premier and was appointed as the first Registrar General. He introduced the Real Property Act (the Torrens-title system of land registration) that was adopted by other colonies and eventually many countries throughout the world. The namesake River Torrens currently runs along much of the southern boundary of the electoral district.

Key boundary changes following the 2020 redistribution

Torrens gains the suburb of Valley View and loses the suburb of Dernancourt.

For full details see the 2020 Report of the Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission (PDF, 1.6MB)

Representation and results

Members since first represented in 1993
Patrick J. (Joe) Tiernan  LIB 1993–1994
Robyn K. Geraghty ALP 1994–2014
Dana J. Wortley ALP 2014–present
Members of historical electoral district of Torrens (during its existence, 1938–1985)
Shirley W. Jeffries LCL 1938–1944
Herbert L. Baldock ALP 1944–1947
Shirley W. Jeffries LCL 1947–1953
John L. Travers LCL 1956–1977
Michael M. Wilson LIB 1977–1985

Election results