Frank Purdue

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This article is about the Australian politician and Lord Mayor of Newcastle. For the American businessman, see Frank Perdue.

Frank Outen Jensen Purdue, CBE (2 September 1899 – 24 December 1985) was an Australian politician. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1956 until 1962 and again between 1964 and 1965. He was prominent in local Government and was Lord Mayor of Newcastle, NSW for 9 years between 1951 and 1965. He was not aligned to a political party.

Early life[edit]

Purdue was born in Murrumbeena, Victoria.[1] He was the son of a building contractor and was educated to intermediate level at Armidale High School. His initial employment was with the New South Wales Railway Department as a clerk. He was transferred to Newcastle in 1922 and resigned from the department in 1955. Purdue was a Methodist lay preacher, Rotarian and Freemason. He walked with a profound limp due to childhood polio.

Political career[edit]

Purdue was an Alderman of the City of Newcastle from 1944 to 1974 and Lord Mayor in 1951, 1953–55 and 1959-65. during this period he played an active role in the development of the University of Newcastle, Australia

At the state election held on 3 March 1956 he stood as an independent candidate for the seat of Waratah. In a surprise result he defeated the endorsed ALP candidate Harry Sheedy. This result was at least in part due to the recent split of the DLP from the ALP. Purdue successfully defended the seat at the election of 21 March 1959 but lost the seat to Edward Greaves the ALP candidate at the election of 3 March 1962. Greaves died in 1964 and Purdue was successful in his attempt to regain the seat at a by-election. He was defeated at the election of 1 May 1965 by ALP candidate Sam Jones.

He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1966.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mr. Frank Outen Jensen Purdue (1899–1985)". Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856–2006. New South Wales Parliament. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Harry Quinlan
Lord Mayor of Newcastle
1951
Succeeded by
Tom Armstrong
Preceded by
Tom Armstrong
Lord Mayor of Newcastle
1953 – 1955
Succeeded by
Douglas McDougall
Preceded by
Ernest Dunkley
Lord Mayor of Newcastle
1960 – 1965
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Robert Cameron
Member for Waratah
1959 – 1962
Succeeded by
Edward Greaves
Preceded by
Edward Greaves
Member for Waratah
1964 – 1965
Succeeded by
Sam Jones