Frank Kirwan

Frank McLeod Kirwan (23 October 1937 – 28 October 1976) was an Australian politician. Born in Norseman, Western Australia, he was educated at state schools and the School of Mines in Norseman, Western Australia, after which he became an electrical fitter. He was an official with the Electrical Trades Union and was also a Methodist minister.

Frank Kirwan
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Forrest
In office
25 October 1969  2 December 1972
Preceded byGordon Freeth
Succeeded byPeter Drummond
Personal details
Frank McLeod Kirwan

(1937-10-23)23 October 1937
Norseman, Western Australia
Died28 October 1976(1976-10-28) (aged 39)
Chidlow, Western Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party

In 1969, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for Forrest, defeating Liberal minister Gordon Freeth. He was only the second Labor member ever to win it. His victory was part of an 18-seat swing that nearly made Labor's Gough Whitlam Prime Minister.

He held the seat until his defeat in 1972 by Liberal Peter Drummond, even as Labor finally ended 23 years of Coalition rule.


Kirwan died in Chidlow in 1976.[1]


  1. Carr, Adam. "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Gordon Freeth
Member for Forrest
Succeeded by
Peter Drummond
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.