Charles Frost (politician)

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The Honourable
Charles Frost
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Franklin
In office
14 December 1929 – 19 December 1931
Preceded by William McWilliams
Succeeded by Archibald Blacklow
In office
15 September 1934 – 28 September 1946
Preceded by Archibald Blacklow
Succeeded by Bill Falkinder
Personal details
Born (1882-11-30)30 November 1882
Hobart, Tasmania
Died 22 July 1964(1964-07-22) (aged 81)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Ruth Hornsey Young
Children Jack Frost
Occupation Orchardist

Charles William Frost (30 November 1882 – 22 July 1964) was an Australian politician.

Frost was born in Hobart, Tasmania and educated at Koonya and Margate state schools, but left school at 13. He later worked at the Iron Blow mine near Queenstown. He married Ruth Hornsey Young in October 1906 and they had four children (including Jack, who would sit in the Tasmanian House of Assembly). He bought an orchard near Margate and in the late 1920s he was elected as a member of local Kingborough Council.[1]

Political career[edit]

Frost ran unsuccessfully for the division of Franklin in the Tasmanian Legislative Assembly in 1928. He won a by-election in 1929 for the Australian House of Representatives seat of Franklin for the Australian Labor Party. He lost the seat at the 1931 election, but won it back in the 1934 election. When John Curtin came to power in 1941, he was appointed Minister for Repatriation and Minister in charge of War Service Homes. He narrowly lost his seat at the 1946 election.[1]

In 1948 Frost became Australian high commissioner to Ceylon, but this appointment was terminated in 1950 by the Menzies government. He died in St John's Hospital, Hobart, survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Chapman, R. J. K. (1996). "Frost, Charles William (1882–1964)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Herbert Collett
Minister for Repatriation
Succeeded by
Claude Barnard
Minister in charge of War Service Homes
Title abolished
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
William McWilliams
Member for Franklin
Succeeded by
Archibald Blacklow
Preceded by
Archibald Blacklow
Member for Franklin
Succeeded by
Bill Falkinder
Diplomatic posts
New title Australian Commissioner to Ceylon
Succeeded by
as High Commissioner
New title Australian High Commissioner to Ceylon
Succeeded by
John Burton