Frederick Osborne

Frederick Osborne

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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Evans
In office
10 December 1949 – 9 December 1961
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by James Monaghan
Personal details
Born (1909-01-20)20 January 1909
Orange, New South Wales
Died 23 July 1996(1996-07-23) (aged 87)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Elizabeth
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Naval officer
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Branch/service Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve
Years of service 1938–1967
Rank Commander
Commands HMS Peacock (1945)
HMS Vanquisher (1943–45)
HMS Gentian (1941–43)
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Distinguished Service Cross & Bar
Volunteer Reserve Decoration

Frederick Meares Osborne CMG, DSC & Bar, VRD (20 January 1909 – 23 July 1996) was an Australian politician and government minister.

Osborne was born in Orange, New South Wales, and educated at North Sydney High School and Sydney Church of England Grammar School. He graduated with a degree in law from the University of Sydney. He joined the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1938, and with the outbreak of the Second World War, he was seconded to the Royal Navy in 1940. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross in 1940 for "bravery and devotion to duty" while assisting the evacuation of forces from Norway as a sub-lieutenant on the St Loman, an armed trawler. He then successively commanded HMS Gentian, HMS Vanquisher and HMS Peacock, escorting ships between the United States and Canada and the United Kingdom in the Battle of the Atlantic. He crossed the Atlantic 22 times and was the only Australian to rise to the command of a Royal Navy destroyer during the war. In 1945 a Bar was added to his DSC for sinking of a German U-boat.[1][2][3][4]

Political career

Osborne was elected as the member for Evans at the December 1949 election as a Liberal. He was Minister for Customs and Excise from January to October 1956, Minister for Air from October 1956 to December 1960 and Minister for Repatriation from December 1960 to his defeat at the December 1961 election. Following his defeat he returned to his legal practice, but continued to play a major role in the New South Wales branch of the Liberal Party and was its president from 1967 to 1970. He supported a change in Liberal Party policy in favour of support for state aid for independent schools, a policy adopted by the three major national political parties by the 1972 election. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for distinguished services to government and the community.[1][2]

Osborne was survived by his wife, Elizabeth and four children, Alick, Michael, Imogen and Penelope.[5]

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