Biographical entry McManus, Francis Patrick (Frank) (1905 - 1983)

27 February 1905
North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
28 December 1983
Kew, Victoria, Australia
Politician, Teacher and Writer of Inscription


Francis Patrick (Frank) McManus was a schoolteacher, party official and politician. McManus joined the Australian Labor Party's Flemington branch in 1925. In 1941 he met B.A. Santamaria and became involved in the Catholic Social Studies Movement. McManus became vice-president of the Victorian ALP in 1947. In 1955, he was expelled from the ALP following the Labor split. Running as an ALP (Anti-Communist) candidate, McManus was elected to the Senate in 1955; in 1957, he became deputy-leader of the Australian Democratic Labor Party (DLP). After being defeated in the 1961 election, McManus served as federal secretary of the DLP (1962-65). He was re-elected to the Senate in 1964 and served until 1974, becoming leader of the DLP in 1973.


Browne, Geoff. McManus, Francis Patrick (Frank) (1905-1983), Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Published in hard copy 2012, accessed online 13 January 2013.

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