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Des Frawley

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Preceded by  David Nicholson
Preceded by  New seat
Resting place  Redcliffe Cemetery
Succeeded by  Joe Kruger
Succeeded by  Bill Newton
Nationality  Australian
Full Name  Desmond John Frawley
Born  23 September 1924 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (1924-09-23)
Died  23 May 1996, Queensland, Australia
Party  National Party of Australia

Desmond John "Des" Frawley (23 September 1924 – 23 May 1996) was a Company owner and member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.


Early days

Frawley was born in Brisbane, Queensland, to parents Stanley John Frawley and his wife Alice Mary (née Campbell). He attended Virginia State School, St Columban's College, and Brisbane Grammar School. Soon after leaving school he joined the RAAF where he served from 1942 to 1946. On his discharge he trained as an electrical mechanic under the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Scheme with the Public Works Department, Brisbane, for a period of three years. He then worked as a lift mechanic for 20 years with the Otis Elevator Company in Brisbane. Finally, he went into business and owned Frawley Motors for 20 years.

Political career

Frawley, representing the Country Party (1972–74) who then went on to become the National Party, won the seat of Murrumba in 1972. He held the seat until 1977 and then moved to the neighbouring seat of Caboolture which he held from 1977 to 1983.

He had previously been an alderman in the Redcliffe City Council from 1967 until 1972.

Personal life

In 1944, Frawley married Laurell Irene Orford and together had three sons.

He was a life member of the Queensland Amateur Athletics Association, and member of the Redcliffe Trotting Club. He was patron of the Queensland Veterans Athletics Association and was Queensland decathlon champion 1949-52 and Queensland pentathlon champion 1951-52. In 1937, while a student at Virginia State School he won the coveted Norman Grehan Trophy for athletics.

He died in 1996 and was buried in Redcliffe Cemetery.


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