His father, John Bullock migrated to Australia in 1839, set up business as a real estate agent, and was a director of the Burra Mine. He died 24 March 1879, aged 65, and was buried at the West Terrace Cemetery.
As a 15-year-old, Frederick's mother took him from Adelaide to London in the saloon of the City of Adelaide. This voyage departed Port Adelaide on 26 December 1866 and featured a well-documented ocean race with the Yatala. Young Frederick’s diary of the three-month journey has survived.
He followed his father in real estate, founding F. W. Bullock and Co. with offices in King William Street.
He was elected councillor for the Gawler ward (which his father had previously represented) with the Adelaide City Council in 1884 and became alderman a year later. He was elected mayor on 1 December 1891 after occasionally acting in that position during mayor L Cohen's absences earlier that year. He was succeeded by Alderman Willcox in December 1892 after a close contest with Alderman Sketheway.
His wife, a daughter of R. G. Bower predeceased him. He was survived by two daughters and two sons, one of whom, R. G. Bullock continued with the company.
He was an active Freemason.
- "The late Mr. John Bullock", South Australian register, 24 March 1879, p. 13, col. b
- "Former Mayor" Advertiser and Register Tuesday 2 June 1931 p.8 accessed 14 February 2011
- "Diary of Frederick Bullock". City of Adelaide - the Splendid Clipper Ship. CSCOAL. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- "Bullock Family". City of Adelaide - the Splendid Clipper Ship. CSCOAL. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- The Advertiser 2 December 1891 p.4 accessed 14 February 2011
- The Advertiser 3 December 1892 p.4 accessed 14 February 2011
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