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Freeman, Frederick

Frederick Freeman was born 18th February 1890 in London to Lydia and William Freeman. He came to Australia in 1911, landing in Sydney where he got employment as a bricklayer.

In 1912 he decided to come to Brisbane where he was employed at the Marbarete Co. Pty Ltd (a construction company) as a bricklayer. Frederick met Lucy Ann Chandler and they married at the Baptist Minister's house at Kelvin Grove on the 13th February 1915.

Lucy and Frederick lived at various addresses but they spent most of their married life at Beaconsfield Terrace, Gordon Park. They had 10 children (eight girls and 2 boys).

Frederick was called up in World War I and was camped at Enoggera. While there he became sick with bronchial asthma and was eventually discharged from the Army. He went back to the Marbarete Co. and later became foreman.

The company had their premises in Amelia Street, Fortitude Valley, later building new premises on the corner of Brunswick and Amelia Street. Soon Frederick became manager and after that was managing director. The principal director was Thomas Llewellyn Jones of IXL fame - second director was George Foggit of Hutton and Foggit Jones. Frederick acquired share in the company.

In the early 1920s Frederick became interested in politics and was deeply concerned in what happened in the Kedron Shire, so he became a councillor. At that time, they were not paid a salary, they were paid expenses only. Frederick took Wednesday off from work to take care of Council business. It is not known how long he was in Council, but pressure of his business forced him to concentrate on that alone.

On April 12th, 1946 at the age of 55 years, Frederick tragically died in an accident. He was at the height of his career.

Ruth Mockridge supplied this information in 2004

Kedron Shire Council meeting in the early 1920s. Frederick Freeman is second from right.