Frederick Francis (Australian politician)

Frederick Henry Francis (1881 15 August 1949) was an Australian politician. Born in Melbourne, he was a builder and Malvern City Councillor before entering federal politics. In 1919, he contested the Australian House of Representatives seat of Henty as an independent Nationalist and defeated the sitting Nationalist MP, James Boyd, on Labor preferences. By the 1922 election, Francis was a member of the Nationalist Party, and defeated three other Nationalist candidates, including Boyd and future member for Henty Henry Gullett.[1]

Frederick Francis
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Henty
In office
13 December 1919  3 October 1925
Preceded byJames Boyd
Succeeded byHenry Gullett
Personal details
Melbourne, Victoria
Died(1949-08-15)15 August 1949 (aged 67)
Political partyIndependent (191922)
Nationalist (192225)

Prior to the 1925 election, Francis announced that he would not re-contest Henty and would attempt to transfer to the Senate. He was not endorsed by the National Federation and stated his opposition to preselection. However, he rejected the labels "independent" or "independent Nationalist", stating that he was a Nationalist candidate.[2] Francis eventually withdrew his Senate candidacy "to avoid splitting the Nationalist vote".[3] He unsuccessfully contested the 1929 Balaclava by-election as an independent Nationalist, losing to endorsed Nationalist Thomas White by a large margin.[1]

Francis faced financial difficulties after leaving parliament. He built a garage and operated it for two years, but was unsuccessful and left with heavy debts. He later worked as a taxi driver, at the State Bank of Victoria, and as an agent for an undertaker, working on commission and living rent-free behind the premises.[4] He was declared bankrupt in February 1936.[5]

Francis died on 15 August 1949, aged 67, survived by two daughters.[6]


  1. Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  2. "A Nationalist: Mr Francis Denies He is an Independent". The Melbourne Herald. 7 August 1925.
  3. "Retiring Member for Henty". The Melbourne Herald. 6 October 1925.
  4. "Bankrupt Builder: Formerly in Parliament". The Age. 22 April 1936.
  5. "Former M.H.R. For Henty Bankrupt". The Melbourne Herald. 3 February 1936.
  6. "Former MHR Dies At 67". The Melbourne Herald. 16 August 1949.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
James Boyd
Member for Henty
1919 1925
Succeeded by
Henry Gullett

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