|Member of the
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
24 March 1984 – 3 May 1991
|Preceded by||Eric Ramsay|
|Succeeded by||Gerry Sullivan|
|Lord Mayor of Wollongong City Council|
|Preceded by||Tony Bevan|
|Born||Francis Neville Arkell
13 September 1935
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||26 June 1998
|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.
Between 1968 and 1991, Arkell served as Lord Mayor of Wollongong City Council. 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.
In 1998, seven years after he had left politics, Arkell was murdered at his home in Wollongong by Mark Valera. 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. 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..."
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.
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- "Mr (Frank) Francis Neville Arkell (1935 - 1998)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
- 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.
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|Member for Wollongong
1984 – 1991
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