Frank Gaha

Dr Frank Gaha
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Denison
In office
21 August 1943 – 31 October 1949
Preceded by Arthur Beck
Succeeded by Athol Townley
Personal details
John Francis Gaha

(1894-04-14)14 April 1894
Narrabri, New South Wales
Died 18 March 1966(1966-03-18) (aged 71)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater National University of Ireland
Occupation Doctor

John Francis Gaha (14 April 1894 – 18 March 1966), known as Frank, was an Australian politician. Born in Narrabri, New South Wales, he was educated at St Joseph's College in Sydney and the National University of Ireland, becoming a doctor and a house surgeon in Dublin. Returning to Australia in 1920, he settled in Tasmania, where he established a private practice at Hobart; he was a health officer 1925–1929. In 1933, he was elected as a Labor member to the Tasmanian Legislative Council for Hobart, serving as Minister for Health 1934–1943. In 1943, he transferred to federal politics, winning the House of Representatives seat of Denison by defeating sitting United Australia Party MP Arthur Beck. He retired from federal politics in 1949, returning to Tasmanian politics as a member for Denison in the House of Assembly in 1950. He was chief secretary, Minister for Police and Minister for Transport 1959–1961. Gaha left the Assembly in 1964 and died two years later in 1966.[1]


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2008.

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Tasmanian Legislative Council
Preceded by
James McKenzie
Member for Hobart
Served alongside: Propsting/Strutt, Eady
Succeeded by
Arthur Tyler
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Arthur Beck
Member for Denison
Succeeded by
Athol Townley

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