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Frank Peter Keane (1863–1940)

After an illness of many months Mr. Frank Keane, M.L.A., died yesterday. He was 77 years of age. The funeral will leave his residence, Shackell-street, Coburg, for Coburg Cemetery at 3 p.m. to-day.

The late Mr. Keane was a native of Ballarat and was an early friend of Mr. Cotter, the present Labor member for Richmond. He followed the occupation of a cooper, and became one of the stalwarts of the Cooper's Union, of which he has been a member for more than 50 years.

After working in Melbourne at his trade for some years he went to Gippsland, and took up dairy farming in the Tarwin Valley, and on his return to Melbourne became actively associated with the political Labor movement. In 1911 and in 1914 he unsuccessfully contested Essendon seat, which then included Coburg, but in 1924 he defeated Mr. T. Ryan (Nationalist), and he held the scat until the redistribution, when Coburg was made a separate constituency. He has represented Coburg ever since.

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Additional Resources

  • photo, Labor Call (Melbourne), 20 July 1911, p 3
  • photo, Argus (Melbourne), 15 January 1914, p 7

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  • Keane, Francis Peter

13 January, 1863
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia


15 May, 1940 (aged 77)
Coburg, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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