Biographical entry Beaurepaire, Francis Joseph Edmund (Frank) (1891 - 1956)


13 May 1891
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
29 May 1956
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Athlete, Businessman and Politician


Francis Joseph Edmund (Frank) Beaurepaire was an athlete (swimmer), businessman, politician and civic leader. He won three national titles in 1908 and represented Australia at the London Olympic Games of that year. After serving in World War I, he represented Australia at the Antwerp Olympic Games (1920) and the Paris Olympic Games (1924). He founded the Beaurepaire Tyre Service in 1922 and formed the Olympic Tyre and Rubber Co. Pty Ltd in 1933. He became a Melbourne city councillor in 1928 and served as lord mayor from 1940 to 1942. He served in the Victorian Legislative Council from 1942 to 1952. Beaurepaire was a chief sponsor of the proposal to hold the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. He donated £200,000 to the University of Melbourne for a sports centre.


Poynter, J.R. Beaurepaire, Sir Francis Joseph Edmund (Frank) (1891-1956), Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Published in hard copy 1979, accessed online 8 January 2013.

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