Biographies of the Early Aldermen
Alderman in 1902.
Frank Bamfield was born in 1856 to William Bamfield and his wife.
Frank left Yorkshire in the 1800s and came out to Australia as a young man, by the Orient Line ship ‘Ormuz’ , to seek his fortune. (1)
Frank Bamfield lived in Stanmore, but was proprietor of Horton’s Boot Store at 281-287 King Street. It advertised itself in 1913 as “the cheapest and most up to date Boot Store in the Commonwealth”. The Municipal Jubilee souvenir claims the store had handsome well-displayed windows and that Frank Bamfield was on the council of the Retailers’ Association. It also says he was “popular, genial and well-disposed”; something he practised as President of the Victoria Park Bowling Club (replacing Mayor William Rigg who had presided for 18 years).
He was sufficiently popular to replace John Salmon as alderman in O’Connell ward in 1902. As alderman he supported Alderman Morgan’s campaign for municipal electric lighting and his shop was first in Newtown to have electric lighting. He opposed the plan for Council to acquire St. George’s Hall. He also assisted in obtaining a mortuary room for handling corpses at Newtown station for the Rookwood trains.
He married Elizabeth Johnstone in the 1880s. His three sons were Frank (b.about 1886), then Bruce and Eric (b 1906). The three boys attended Newington College. (2)
Although William Rigg was Mayor at the time of the 1912 Jubilee celebrations, Alderman Bamfield’s son Eric presented a Jubilee Medal to Lord Chelmsford. It seems Alderman Frank Bamfield was afterwards Alderman with Petersham Municipal Council in 1917-1918. He died in 1934 at Northbridge near Chatswood.
Eric Bamfield’s presentation was recalled fifty years later at the 1962 celebrations when an older Eric Bamfield officiated with the Governor Chelmsford being played by actor Ron Haddrick.
Frank Bamfield was a very literary man who loved to quote Sir Walter Scott and William Shakespeare. He was also a friend of the artist Norman Lindsay, as Frank had a holiday home at Springwood (3)
(1) Additional information supplied by Frank Bamfield’s granddaughter Jenny Burgess (nee Jennifer Bamfield) , Jan 2013
(2) Additional information supplied by Frank Bamfield’s granddaughter Jenny Burgess (nee Jennifer Bamfield) , Jan 2013
(3) Additional information supplied by Frank Bamfield’s granddaughter Jenny Burgess (nee Jennifer Bamfield) , Jan 2013