|Awards||Member of the Order of Australia (2019)|
|Alma mater|| University of New South Wales (BA [Hons], PhD)|
University of Melbourne (DipEd)
Sydney College of Divinity (MTh)
University of Kent (MA [Hons])
|Thesis||Where Fate Calls: The HMAS Voyager Tragedy (1991)|
|Doctoral advisor||Roger Thompson|
|Institutions|| University of New South Wales (2014–)|
Charles Sturt University (2006–14)
|Main interests||Australian military history|
Maritime and naval history
Thomas Robert Frame(born 7 October 1962) is an Australian academic,author and Anglican priest. He was formerly the Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Force from 2001 to 2007.
Frame was born in Stanmore,New South Wales,and raised in Wollongong by his adoptive parents. He was educated at West Wollongong Infants School (1968–70),West Wollongong Primary School (1971–74,awarded dux in 1974) and Wollongong High School (1975–78).
Frame joined the Royal Australian Naval College,HMAS Creswell as a 16-year-old junior entry cadet midshipman in January 1979. Later that year,he was assigned to the destroyer escort HMAS Derwent as a junior officer under training,where he earned his helmsman's certificate. He graduated from the RAN College in December 1983. Frame completed his studies in Chinese history and economics at the University of New South Wales,graduating with Bachelor of Arts (Honours),and the inaugural W.J. Liu Memorial Prize for Excellence in Chinese Studies in 1984.
Frame was the inaugural Summer Vacation Scholar at the Australian War Memorial in 1985,then completed his training aboard HMAS Jervis Bay and HMAS Supply. He was then assigned to the shore establishment HMAS Cerberus as an instructor. While there,he took on additional duty as director of the base's museum,also working as a consultant for the Australian National Maritime Museum and studying for a Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne.
Frame was appointed research officer to the Chief of Naval Staff at Navy Office,Canberra in April 1988. Two years later he undertook study in military history at the Australian Defence Force Academy leading to the award of a PhD in October 1991,taking as his thesis topic the Melbourne-Voyager collision. He served as a staff officer at Headquarters,Australian Defence Force,before completing full-time naval service in November 1992 and resigning his commission in 1997.
Frame completed a Master of Theology degree with a thesis entitled "The Delphic Sword:Reconciling Christianity and Military Service in Australia" in June 1993. He trained for the priesthood in the Anglican Church of Australia in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.
He was ordained in December 1993 and appointed curate of St John's Church in Wagga Wagga and a visiting scholar at Charles Sturt University. In November 1995,he was inducted as rector of St James' Church,Binda.
From 1996 to 1997,he took leave in England and completed a Master of Arts (Honours) in applied theology at the University of Kent in Canterbury as the Lucas Tooth Scholar and ministered in the United Benefice of Hever,Four Elms and Markbeech in the Diocese of Rochester.
He became Rector of St Philip's Church,Bungendore,in January 1999 and was appointed lecturer (half-time) in public theology at St Mark's National Theological Centre in June 2000. He was also a visiting fellow in the School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University from 1999 to 2003.
On 28 June 2001,he was consecrated a bishop and became the first full-time Anglican bishop to the Australian Defence Force. He was the youngest Anglican bishop in Australia when consecrated and the fifth youngest in the nation's history. He was patron of the Armed Forces Federation of Australia (2002–06) and a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial (2004–07),and judged the Inaugural Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History in 2007. Although approached to participate in several diocesan episcopal election processes,he never accepted candidacy.
Frame resigned as Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Force in November 2006 to become Director of St Mark's National Theological Centre at Barton in Canberra,the administrative headquarters of the School of Theology of Charles Sturt University with the title of Professor. He was head of the CSU School of Theology from November 2006 to June 2008. He completed his directorship of St Mark's in January 2014.
In July 2014,Frame was appointed Director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) at the University of New South Wales,Canberra,and commissioned to produce a 50th anniversary history of the relationship between the University and the Department of Defence. In July 2017,he was appointed the inaugural director of the Howard Library (located at Old Parliament House,Canberra) and the Public Leadership Research Group. He relinquished directorship of the Howard Library in June 2020. In July 2020,he was commissioned by the Chief of the Defence Force to produce a major study of allegations of misconduct by Australian Special Forces personnel in Afghanistan,2005-2013.'Veiled Valour' was published by UNSW Press in June 2022.
Frame retired from UNSW Canberra in June 2023.
In 2010,Frame relocated to a rural property adjacent to the village of Tarago (north-east of Canberra) where he is engaged in small-scale beef production. Since 2012 he has been the honorary priest-in-charge of the Mulwaree Anglican Mission District consisting of churches at Lake Bathurst,Tarago and Currawang. In 2018 he chose to relinquish episcopal orders voluntarilyafter concluding that the episcopate was not a permanent order of ministry.
Frame was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for services to the Australian Defence Force and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to higher education,the Anglican Church,and to the community.
Frame is the author,co-author or editor of more than 50 books,including:
The Bathurst-class corvettes were a class of general purpose vessels designed and built in Australia during World War II. Originally classified as minesweepers,but widely referred to as corvettes,the Bathurst-class vessels fulfilled a broad anti-submarine,anti-mine,and convoy escort role.
HMAS Melbourne (R21) was a Majestic-class light aircraft carrier operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) from 1955 until 1982,and was the third and final conventional aircraft carrier to serve in the RAN. Melbourne was the only Commonwealth naval vessel to sink two friendly warships in peacetime collisions.
The Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn is one of the 23 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia. The diocese has 60 parishes covering most of south-east New South Wales,the eastern Riverina and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). It stretches from Marulan in the north,from Batemans Bay to Eden on the south coast across to Holbrook in the south-west,north to Wagga Wagga,Temora,Young and Goulburn.
The history of the Royal Australian Navy traces the development of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) from the colonisation of Australia by the British in 1788. Until 1859,vessels of the Royal Navy made frequent trips to the new colonies. In 1859,the Australia Squadron was formed as a separate squadron and remained in Australia until 1913. Until Federation,five of the six Australian colonies operated their own colonial naval force,which formed on 1 March 1901 the Australian Navy's (AN) Commonwealth Naval Force which received Royal patronage in July 1911 and was from that time referred to as Royal Australian Navy (RAN). On 4 October 1913 the new replacement fleet for the foundation fleet of 1901 steamed through Sydney Heads for the first time.
Rear Admiral James Vincent Purcell Goldrick,was an Australian naval historian,analyst of contemporary naval and maritime affairs,and a senior officer of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Following his retirement from the RAN,Goldrick was a fellow at the Sea Power Centre –Australia and an adjunct professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He was also a member of the Naval Studies Group at the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society,an adjunct professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the Australian National University and a professorial fellow of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong. He was a visiting fellow at All Souls College,University of Oxford in the first half of 2015,and a non-resident Fellow of the Lowy Institute from 2013 to 2018.
Vice Admiral Sir Roy Russell Dowling,was a senior commander in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). He served as Chief of Naval Staff (CNS),the RAN's highest-ranking position,from 1955 until 1959,and as Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC),forerunner of the role of Australia's Chief of the Defence Force,from 1959 until 1961.
Vice Admiral Sir Hugh David Stevenson was a senior officer of the Royal Australian Navy,serving as Chief of Naval Staff from 1973 to 1976.
Rear Admiral Otto Humphrey Becher,&Bar was a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Born in Harvey,Western Australia,Becher entered the Royal Australian Naval College in 1922. After graduating in 1926,he was posted to a series of staff and training positions prior to specialising in gunnery.
Vice Admiral Sir Henry Mackay Burrell,was a senior commander in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). He served as Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) from 1959 to 1962. Born in the Blue Mountains,Burrell entered the Royal Australian Naval College in 1918 as a 13-year-old cadet. His first posting at sea was aboard the cruiser HMAS Sydney. During the 1920s and 1930s,Burrell served for several years on exchange with the Royal Navy,specialising as a navigator. During World War II,he filled a key liaison post with the US Navy,and later saw action as commander of the destroyer HMAS Norman,earning a mention in despatches.
Robert Edward Davies CBE was the Anglican Bishop of Tasmania from 1963 to 1981.
Kenneth Herbert Short was an Anglican bishop in Australia. He was the Bishop of Wollongong and then Bishop of Parramatta and Bishop to the Australian Defence Force. He was appointed dean of St Andrew's Cathedral,Sydney in 1989. He was a missionary,pastor and military chaplain.
Vice Admiral Peter David Jones,is a retired senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN),who served as the Chief Capability Development Group (CCDG) from 2011 until his retirement in October 2014. He was succeeded as CCDG by Lieutenant General John Caligari.
Genieve Mary Blackwell is an Australian Anglican bishop who has served as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne since June 2015,and previously served as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn from 2012 to 2015. She was the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the state of New South Wales and the third in Australia.
Vice Admiral Sir Alan Wedel Ramsay McNicoll,was a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and a diplomat. Born in Melbourne,he entered the Royal Australian Naval College at the age of thirteen and graduated in 1926. Following training and staff appointments in Australia and the United Kingdom,he was attached to the Royal Navy at the outbreak of the Second World War. As torpedo officer of the 1st Submarine Flotilla in the Mediterranean theatre,McNicoll was decorated with the George Medal in 1941 for disarming enemy ordnance. He served aboard HMS King George V from 1942,sailing in support of several Arctic convoys and taking part in the Allied invasion of Sicily. McNicoll was posted for staff duties with the Admiralty from September 1943 and was involved in the planning of the Normandy landings. He returned to Australia in October 1944.
Christopher Charles Prowse is an Australian Roman Catholic bishop. He is currently the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Canberra –Goulburn;appointed to the post on 12 September 2013 and installed as archbishop on 19 November 2013. On 12 September 2016,Prowse was named as apostolic administrator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga following the retirement of Bishop Gerard Hanna. On 26 May 2020,Pope Francis announced Mark Stuart Edwards would become the sixth Bishop of Wagga Wagga,however Prowse remained apostolic administrator until Bishop Edwards' installation on 22 July 2020.
St Mark's National Theological Centre is a theological college in Australia. It is owned and operated by the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.
Mark Stuart Edwards is an Australian Roman Catholic prelate and professed member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate appointed as the Bishop of Wagga Wagga. He has served in the past as a teacher and as a rector before his episcopal elevation.
Ian Keese Lambert is an Australian Anglican bishop and former military officer,who served as an assistant bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn from 2012 to 2013,and as Bishop to the Australian Defence Force from 2013 to 2019.
Vice Admiral Mark David Hammond,is a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN),serving as the Chief of Navy since July 2022. He joined the RAN as an electronics technician in 1986 and,after being accepted for officer training,graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1990. Much of Hammond's career has been spent in the Submarine Service. He has served on operations in the Indo-Pacific,commanded the Collins-class submarineHMAS Farncomb,was Deputy Chief of Navy from 2018 to 2020,and served as Commander Australian Fleet from November 2020 to June 2022. He succeeded Vice Admiral Michael Noonan as Chief of Navy on 6 July 2022.