Stuart, Frank (Francis)

Born 21 May 1844 (Penrith, New South Wales)
Died 16 October 1910. (At sea)
Parents: Robert, farm worker, and Elizabeth, nee Matthews
Marriage: Matilda Coulter; 3s.
Occupation: Clothing manufacturer
Religion: Church of England

Career: Employed in softgoods trade Sydney aged 12; arrived Melbourne 1866; worked with several firms; became manager for L. Stevenson & Sons, pioneers of softgoods trade, and began hatting industry for this firm; managing partner Lincoln, Stuart & Company 1884, which became a limited company in 1889 and a proprietary company in 1897; claimed to be first to start manufacture waterproof clothing in Vic. and was a director Barnet Glass & Sons Pty. Ltd. 1900-1905. President Chamber of Manufactures 1885-1886, Clothing and Manufacturers' Association; prominent in Aust. Natives' Association and several sports clubs. Successful investor during and after land boom.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLAEast MelbourneApril 1889 September 1894 
MLCMelbourne NorthJune 1904 May? 1907 

Other seats contested: East Melbourne 1894
Appointments: Minister without office 5 Nov 1890-21 Apr 1891
References: Smith, J. (ed.), 'Cyclopedia of Victoria', 3 vols, Melbourne, 1903-05, 1; Leavitt, T. W. H. (ed.), 'Australian Representative Men', Melbourne, 1887; Leader, 20 Apr 1889; Table Talk, 7 Aug 1891, 18 Mar 1892; Argus, 21 Oct 1910; Stuart, F., 'Merchant in Marvellous Melbourne: Frank Stuart', Melbourne, 2002.
Initial data source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972
Last update: September 2002 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.