Frank Broun

Frank Tyndall Broun (31 May 1876 – 1 April 1930) was an Australian politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1911 to 1914 and again from 1917 to 1924. He was a minister in the first government of Sir James Mitchell.


Frank Broun
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
3 October 1911 – 21 November 1914
Preceded byNat Harper
Succeeded byCharles Wansbrough
ConstituencyBeverley
In office
29 September 1917 – 22 March 1924
Preceded byCharles Wansbrough
Succeeded byCharles Wansbrough
ConstituencyBeverley
Personal details
Born(1876-05-31)31 May 1876
Beverley, Western Australia, Australia
Died1 April 1930(1930-04-01) (aged 53)
Beverley, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal (to 1914)
Country (from 1917)

Broun was born in Beverley, Western Australia, to Emily Jane (née Lukin) and James William Broun. His grandfather, Peter Broun, was the first Colonial Secretary of Western Australia. After a period working for his father, Broun acquired an estate of 5,000 acres (20 km2) near Beverley, on which he farmed both sheep and wheat. He was elected to the Beverley Road Board in 1902, and remained a member for most of the following 20 years, including as chairman on three occasions (1908–1909, 1911–1914, and 1917–1919).[1] Broun was first elected to parliament at the 1911 state election, replacing Nat Harper in the seat of Beverley. A member of the Liberal Party, he left parliament at the 1914 election, and was replaced by a Country Party candidate, Charles Wansbrough.[2]

At the 1917 state election, Wansbrough did not re-contest Beverley. Broun, who had switched to the Country Party himself, reclaimed his former seat.[2] In June 1919, he was selected to replace John Scaddan (another Country Party member) as Colonial Secretary in the government of James Mitchell, who had become premier only the previous month. After the 1921 state election, Broun was also made Minister for Public Health, replacing Hal Colebatch. He left the ministry in August 1922, with Richard Sampson taking over both of his portfolios. The Country Party split into two rival factions the following year, with Broun joining the Ministerial faction (which supported the Mitchell government).[1] However, he did not recontest his seat at the 1924 state election.[2] Broun died at his home in Beverley in April 1930, aged 53. He had committed suicide by taking cyanide.[3] Broun had married May Constance Sewell in 1903, with whom he had three sons and three daughters.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Frank Tyndall Broun – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN 0730984095.
  3. ^ "DEATH OF MR. F. T. BROUN", The Daily News, 2 April 1930.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Nat Harper
Charles Wansbrough
Member for Beverley
1911–1914
1917–1924
Succeeded by
Charles Wansbrough
Charles Wansbrough
Political offices
Preceded by
John Scaddan
Colonial Secretary
1919–1922
Succeeded by
Richard Sampson
Preceded by
Hal Colebatch
Minister for Public Health
1921–1922
Succeeded by
Richard Sampson