Frank Kirwan

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

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

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.

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 the seat. His victory was part of an 18-seat swing that nearly made Labor's Gough Whitlam Prime Minister.[ citation needed ]

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

Death

Kirwan died in Chidlow in 1976. [1]

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References

  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
1969–1972
Succeeded by
Peter Drummond