Frank Downing

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Frank Downing
Personal details
Born (1907-03-07)7 March 1907
Tumut, New South Wales
Died 22 December 1978(1978-12-22) (aged 71)
Gladesville, New South Wales
Political party Australian Labor Party

Francis George (Frank) Downing (7 March 1907 – 22 December 1978) was an Australian politician and an ALP member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1953 until 1968. .

Downing was born in Tumut, New South Wales and was the son of a council worker. He was the brother of Reg Downing, whose three-decade-long career in the NSW legislature included service as Attorney-General; Thomas O'Mara, another parliamentarian, was a cousin.

Educated at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, Frank initially worked as a timber-worker before becoming an official in the Timber Workers Union. His first attempt to enter parliament (in 1950) was unsuccessful; but he became the ALP member for Ryde at the 1953 state election, defeating the incumbent Liberal representative, Ken Anderson.

In the elections of 1956, 1959, 1962, and 1965, Downing retained the seat, which was abolished in 1968. During that year, he tried to gain the newly created electorate of Fuller. This time he lost to the Liberal candidate, future party leader Peter Coleman. Thereafter Downing retired from public life. He was the chairman of caucus in 1959 but did not hold any ministerial office.


Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Ken Anderson
Member for Ryde
1953 – 1968
Succeeded by
seat abolished