Frank Arkell

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Frank Arkell
Member of the
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Wollongong
In office
24 March 1984 – 3 May 1991
Preceded by Eric Ramsay
Succeeded by Gerry Sullivan
Lord Mayor of Wollongong City Council
In office
Preceded by Tony Bevan
Personal details
Born Francis Neville Arkell
(1935-09-13)13 September 1935
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Died 26 June 1998(1998-06-26) (aged 62)
Nationality Australian
Political party Independent
Website NSW Legislative Assembly webpage

Francis Neville (Frank) Arkell (13 September 1935 – 26 June 1998) was an Australian politician. He was an independent member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing Wollongong between 1984 and 1991. Arkell was violently murdered in his home, aged 62 years.


Arkell was born in Port Kembla, New South Wales.

Between 1968 and 1991, Arkell served as Lord Mayor of Wollongong City Council.[1] He was elected as an independent to represent the seat of Wollongong in the New South Wales Parliament from 1984 until his defeat at the 1991 election.[2]

In October 1996, Franca Arena asked in state parliament whether Arkell was the person known to the Wood Royal Commission as W1 in allegations involving paedophilia.[3][4]

In 1998, seven years after he had left politics, Arkell was murdered at his home in Wollongong by Mark Valera.[5][6] Arkell's head had been smashed in with a bedside lamp, an electric cord was wrapped tightly around his neck, and from his eyes and cheeks tie-pins protruded.[1] According to a subsequently broadcast media report, a police investigator revealed that, at the time of his death, Arkell was "...facing charges which had not gone to court..."[7]

At his trial, Valera said that he and Arkell had been in a sexual relationship for more than a year. Valera also testified that he had been a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his own father, Jack Van Krevel, from the age of seven. In August 2000, less than two weeks after Valera was convicted of Arkell's murder, Jack Van Krevel was also murdered.


  1. ^ a b Wilkinson, Danika (12 August 2011). "Wollongong’s weeds: a history of sex, lies and corruption". Blog. Danika Wilkinson. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mr (Frank) Francis Neville Arkell (1935 - 1998)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Arena, Franca (31 October 1996). "Royal Commission into the New South Wales Police Service paedophile investiagation". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Parliamentary Disclosures By The Honourable Franca Arena". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 14 November 1996. Retrieved 27 September 2008. 
  5. ^ Kidd, Paul B. "Mark Mala Valera: The Butcher of Wollongong". Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  6. ^ Crichton, Sarah (2002-04-13). "Terse words from judge dismissing lifer's appeal". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 August 2008. 
  7. ^ Robinson, Gareth (30 August 1998). "Wonderful Wollongong" (transcript). Background Briefing. Australia: ABC Radio National. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Eric Ramsay
Member for Wollongong
1984 – 1991
Succeeded by
Gerry Sullivan