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Frank Gibson

Frank E Gibson (later Sir Frank, 1948), was Mayor of Fremantle 1919-1923, 1926-1951. He was born 1879 in Egerton, Vic, arrived 1902 in WA, and died 1965. FHC text and 1920s Melba Studios photo #130.

Sir Frank Gibson was born in Egerton, Victoria, 17.07.1879 and educated at Grenville College and Ballarat School of Mines. Came to WA in 1902 and first went to Cue on the Murchison goldfields and then to Leonora where he was councillor for some time before being elected mayor in 1912. In 1914 he moved to Fremantle where he opened a business as a pharmaceutical chemist. Mayor of Fremantle 1919-1923, 1927-1951. March 1921, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Fremantle (one three year term). 1942, Member of the Legislative Council for the Metropolitan Suburban Province. !948 made Knight Bachelor and died 31.12.1965. See: Ewers, pp196-198 and B/Gibson Miscellany File. FHC text to accompany another photo: #449.

Wikipedia entry

Sir Frank Ernest Gibson (11 July 1878 – 31 December 1965) was an Australian politician.
Born at Egerton, Victoria, to Irish-born policeman Alexander Gibson and Louisa Herring, he attended Grenville College and the School of Mines at Ballarat before moving to Western Australia as a qualified pharmacist, setting up a business in Leonora in 1909. He married Jean Rodger Dunkley on 10 August 1911 at Kalgoorlie.
In 1914 he moved to Fremantle, of which he was mayor for twenty-nine years (1919–23, 1926–51). Sir Frank gave his official farewell speech on 19 November 1951 at last council meeting before the elections were held on 24 November, where Cr William F Samson was elected unopposed as mayor.

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Sir Frank Gibson in his store May 1953. Wikipedia.

In 1921 he was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly as the Nationalist member for Fremantle; he was defeated in 1924. He was later a member of the Western Australian Legislative Council from 1942 to 1956, in 1945 being one of the foundation members of the Liberal Party. He was knighted in 1948.
Later in life Sir Frank and his wife resided at the Orient Hotel. He died in hospital at Shenton Park on 31 December 1965. Frank Gibson Park, a netball facility in [High St] Fremantle, is named after him.

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