• Frank Marriott

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    • MARRIOTT, Francis (Frank) – Lieut, 12th Bn
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 16 July 2019

    Frank was born on the 11th July 1876 in Brixton, Lambeth, Surrey, England – the son of William Kenaz MARRIOTT and Maria MAYCOCK, who married at St Mary, Newington, England in August 1873. He was baptized 14/4/1878 at Christ Church, North Brixton, Lambeth – the family were living at 13 Branch Rd, North Brixton at the time. In 1881 the family were at No.1 Myrtle Villas, Woodside, Croydon William, who had been both a Mercantile Clerk and an Asphalt Merchant, died on the 30/4/1927 in England Siblings: Philip b.c1875; Thomas Geoffrey b.1878; Sydney C b.c1880; Mary L b.c1886; Dorothy Frances b.22/12/1887 “Like his three brothers, Frank attended Stamford Grammar School, Lincolnshire, then joined the family business as a junior clerk. He disliked city life and went to sea at the age of 19. His travels took him to the United States of America where he worked for five years on road-construction projects. In 1902 he moved to Scotland but within twelve months sailed for Australia. Stranded in Hobart in 1903, he packed his swag, roamed the country and eventually bought a mixed farm near Elliott.” [Australian Dictionary of Biography] Married Alice Maud HARRISON on the 4th of April 1907 at St Paul’s Church, Cam Road, Somerset, Tas Children (4): *William Fleetwood – WW2: NZ forces; *Harold b.22/3/1909 Elliott – WW2; *Frederick Arthur b.7/7/1910 Elliott – WW2; *John Edward b.16/2/1913 Elliott – WW2 Grazier – Bonnie Vale, Cam Road, North-West Coast, Tas, 1910 WW1 Service: Joined the AIF and appointed 2nd Lieutenant 1/6/1915 Embarked for Egypt 16/10/1915 on the A17 Port Lincoln as a member of the 10th Reinforcements of the 12th Battalion Attached to HQ, 3rd Training Battalion, Tel-el-Kebir, 26/3/1916 as QM Proceeded overseas to France 12/12/1916 and joined the 1st A.D.B.D., Etaples 14/12/1916 Sick to hospital 28/12/1916 (Brouch Catarrh) – discharged to duty 10/1/1917, and taken on strength of the 12th Battalion Promoted to Lieutenant 7/2/1917 Wounded in action 25/2/1917 while relieving the 10th Battalion in Wheat Trench, near Bapaume, receiving a severe gunshot wound (GSW) to the face Embarked for England on the HS Panama 5/3/1917 and admitted to the 2nd London General Hospital on the 6/3/1917 Medical Board Report 17/5/1917: “The Board find that he received a penetrating G.S.W., entering the outer canthus of the right eye passing through the right eye, the nose and passing out just outside the outer canthus of the left eye. The right eye totally smashed was removed on March 1st at No.2 British Red Cross, Rouen. The left eye becoming septic was removed about March 11th. The wounds are now healed and he is fitted with artificial eyes. He is still nervous and has pains in his lower limbs. He has been walking for only the last two or three weeks.” Returned to Australia on the HS Karoola, embarking 3/7/1917, and arriving 27/8/1917 His appointment in the AIF terminated 22/9/1917 During 1918 he worked to promote the War Loan In April 1919 together with his family, Frank embarked on the Ceramic and returned to the UK to attend St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blinded Soldiers, where he received training in Braille, Typing, Poultry Farming and Carpentry. On the Eve of Anzac Day 1920 he was granted an audience with the King, before returning to Tasmania later that year. Residents of “Bonnie Vale,” Somerset / Yolla, Tas, in 1921, 1936 The Bonnie Vale property was put up for sale in October 1940, after all 4 of his sons had enlisted in the Second World War In 1926 he again visited the UK and was once again granted a private audience with the King. Returned to Australia on the Largs Bay, departing London on the 24/8/1926 *Member of Executive Council of the R.S.S.I.L.A., Tas, 1917-1932 *Member of the House of Assembly for Darwin, Tas 1922-1941; and for Bass 1941-1946 *Member of the Anglican Diocesan Synod, Tas, and General Synod, Australia, from 1922 *Chief Commissioner, Boy Scouts, Tas, 1928-1932, reappointed 1937 *Federal President, Toc H, Australia, 1931-34; Federal Vice-President 1934- Appointed the Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1934 Maud died in July 1950, aged 76 Frank died on the 9th February 1957 in Tas, and was interred with his wife in the Carr Villa Memorial Park, Launceston [Plot c5 289] Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Fri 23 Sept 1904 (p.3): SOMERSET An entertainment took place in the hall here on Wednesday evening, in aid of the Cam Road West Church organ fund. It consisted of songs, recitations, and selections by our brass band. The whole concluded with an amusing farce, entitled “Done on Both Sides.” The characters in the piece were represented by the Misses Harrison and Moir, and the Messrs J.H. Harrison, F. Marriott, and J.H. Stewart, and caused much merriment among the company assembled. ………………………. Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Thur 9 Mar 1905 (p.6): THE MINISTER OF LANDS ……………………………………………………. At the junction of the Cam-road (seven miles from Somerset), with the road leading to Mount Hicks, several residents gathered to welcome the Minister, amongst whom were Messrs Cooper, J.C. Diprose, D. Murfet, J. Stewart, F. Marriott, T. King, Rev. Harrison and others. …………………. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/38773547 The Clipper (Hobart, Tas), Sat 26 May 1906 (p.6): THE BURNS’ AT BURNIE The propaganda campaign organised by the Burnie W.P.L. has been vigorously carried out during the past week and good results are expected in the adjacent farming districts. ………………………………… On Saturday, 18th inst, another well-attended meeting was held at Cam Road, Mr Frank Marriott presiding. Good work was done in this district, which is also a Tory entrenchment, not only by the addresses delivered, but by elucidation and explanation of controversial points in the Labor Party’s policy. ………………………………………….. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/83630543 The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas), Fri 5 Apr 1907 (p.2): MARRIOTT - HARRISON An interesting wedding took place at St Paul’s Church, Cam Road, yesterday morning, when Mr Francis Marriott and Miss Alice Maud Harrison, daughter of Rev. W.M. Harrison, both of Cam Road, were married. Rev J. Tryon Wilson performed the ceremony, assisted by Archdeacon Whittington. After the ceremony the newly-married couple were driven to Burnie to catch the afternoon train for their honeymoon, which will be spent in the south. Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Sat 6 Apr 1907 (p.5): SOMERSET On Thursday morning another wedding was solemnised at St Paul’s Church, Cam-road west, between Mr Frank Marriott and Miss Maud Harrison, of “Bonnie Vale” (both of Cam-road west). The bride was becomingly attired in her travelling dress – a navy blue costume, trimmed with white, with hat to match. The bridesmaid, Miss Beatrice Cooper, wore a pale blue costume. Captain Bell acted as best man. The church was very prettily decorated by friends of the bride. The Ven. Archdeacon Whitington, assisted by the Rev. J. Tyron Wilson, performed the ceremony, at the conclusion of which a reception was held in the schoolroom. The newly-married couple were then driven to Burnie to meet the 2 p.m. train to Launceston. The honeymoon is to be spent at Hobart, and their future home is to be on the Cam-road. Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas), Sat 26 Mar 1910 (p.8): Advertising WHEREAS William Mark Harrison, late of Bonnie Vale River, Cam, Clerk in Holy Orders, deceased, departed this life on or about the first day of November last past, and the undersigned, Harry Franks, of River Cam, aforesaid, farmer, and Frank Marriott, of the same place, farmer, have obtained Probate of the Will of the said William Mark Harrison. Notice is hereby given……………………. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/152216780 The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas), Mon 18 Apr 1910 (p.3): Advertising TENDERS invited for putting up 65 Chains Wire Fencing, labor only. Frank Marriott, Bonnie Vale, Cam. The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas), Mon 28 Aug 1911 (p.3): Advertising WANTED – Mother’s help, all duties; references. Mrs Marriott, Bonnie Vale, Cam road. The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas), Mon 24 May 1915 (p.2): ELLIOTT Mr Frank Marriott, who enlisted for the front, and has since been in training at Broadmeadows camp, Victoria, paid a visit to Elliott during the week. Whilst here, he visited the local State School and spoke to the children of the life in camp. Three hearty cheers were given for Mr Marriott as he left the school. The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas), Tues 20 Mar 1917 (p.2): ROLL OF HONOR Mrs Marriott, of East Wynyard, has been officially notified that her husband, Lieut. F. Marriott, was admitted to the 2nd London General Hospital on March 6 suffering from gunshot wounds in the face and eyes. Unfortunately, the injuries are described as serious. Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Sat 7 Jul 1917 (p.5): ABOUT PEOPLE The “Church News” of this month says: – “Deep regret will be felt, particularly on the North-West Coast, at the tidings which have come that Lieutenant Frank Marriott has gone totally blind, as the result of a bullet wound received on active service in France. Mr Marriott was keenly interested in St Paul’s , Cam Rd – in Burnie parish – and was a general favourite in the neighbourhood because of his genial and gentlemanly bearing to all with whom he was in any way associated. His wife and three boys will go to England, where Lieutenant Marriott’s father and other relatives are caring for him. The Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Thur 30 Aug 1917 (p.5): BACK FROM THE WAR – PARTY OF TASMANIANS LAUNCESTON, August 29 Twenty-six sick and wounded Tasmanian soldiers returned home by the steamer Oonah, which reached Burnie early this morning from Melbourne. Amongst the contingent were the well-known officers, Captains R.E. Smith, Eric Von Bibra, and Lieutenants A.A. Heritage and Frank Marriott. All but three of the twenty-six belong to the North. Lieut Marriott, a splendid physical specimen, who has lost both eyes, remained at Burnie, and the three Southern men joined the express train at Western Junction. The others came on to Launceston,…………………………. The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas), Mon 3 Sept 1917 (p.4): CLUB SOCIAL ATTENDED – LIEUT MARRIOTT WELCOMED At the last committee meeting of the Wynyard Red Triangle Club it was decided to hold a series of monthly socials at which members and their friends could be invited. ……………………….. On this occasion the members – including its hon. members, all returned soldiers of the district – had the privilege of welcoming home Lieut. Marriott, and were also honoured with a visit by the Premier, Hon. W.H. Lee, M.H.A., …………………………… They were delighted to see Lieut. Marriott so cheerful, and they felt that he set many of them an example which they would endeavour to follow as closely as possible. ……………………….. In a speech filled with delightful optimism, Lieut. Marriott voiced his gratitude to those present for their cordial welcome. Mr Whitsitt was one of the last people from Tasmania to wish him good-by, and was one of the first to welcome him home. He thanked some of the Wynyard people for the many kindnesses shown to his wife and family during his absence. Father O’Donnell had directed attention to the nature of his injuries and called it one of the greatest injuries that could happen to a man. He begged to differ, if he might. His sympathies went to those men who were paralysed and otherwise seriously afflicted, who suffered much more than he did. So many efforts were being made on behalf of the blind soldiers by that splendid institution, St Dunstan’s, that they would be surprised when he told them how much more agreeable life was to the blind than most of the people thought. Not the least beautiful of these things was the kind manner in which they were treated. From the London “bobby,” the stewards on the ship and everywhere to the people of Wynyard, he had never experienced such kindness in his life. There were 30 blind Australian soldiers in St Dunstan’s – some, like himself, were totally blind, and some were just able to find their way about. When he wrote to those men shortly, he would tell them of the wonderful kindness he had received everywhere. Everyone on the hospital ship coming home had a good time. “By jove, it’s worth getting ‘cracked,’” added the speaker, and enlarged on the splendid treatment received in the hospitals. Concluding, Lieut. Marriott said: – “While thanking you all for this very kind welcome, I want to say that it is not as bad as it’s made out to be. If I had the eloquence of Father O’Donnell, Mr Margetts, or some of you speakers, I could put what I want to say better, but after all it is what Mr Whitsitt has said – “Cheer, O! Cheer, O!” (Loud and continued applause.) ………………………………………………. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/64536429 The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas), Mon 24 Sept 1917 (p.4): SOLDIERS’ CHURCH PARADE – STRIKING SCENE AT WYNYARD To all who gave the matter more than a passing thought there was a peculiar significance in the church parade of returned soldiers and cadets at Wynyard yesterday morning. ……………….. Not the least striking sight in the parade was that of Lieut. Frank Marriott, whose service for his country has cost him his eyesight, marching as well as any of his comrades, assisted by Lance-Corporal R.W. Harrison. This is, unfortunately, only one of the many such cases; but it served to bring home yet again the horrors of this war. ……………………………………….. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/64541816 Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Tue 20 Nov 1917 (p.6): TASMANIAN VOLUNTEERS A welcome home was given to the returned soldiers (Lieut. Marriott and Privates C. Wragge, T. Thorpe, and the brothers Chatwin) at Elliott. Each was presented with a medal, suitably inscribed, as a memento of their homecoming. The chairman (Mr R. Franks) invited Lieut. Marriott to respond, and the assembled audience were keenly sympathetic with the blind soldier as he warmly thanked them for the kindly welcome. ……………………………. Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas), Sat 20 Sept 1918 (p.2): WYNYARD Lieutenant Marriott is leaving no stone unturned to promote the War Loan and as Messrs Crisp and Edwards have place their office at Wynyard at his disposal, he will be there every Thursday to give information to anyone requiring it. As £20,000 is the sum for Table Cape to aim at, they have challenged Ulverstone. Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Fri 11 Oct 1918 (p.3): SOMERSET There was quite a stir at Somerset on Tuesday afternoon, when the armoured train arrived here en route to Wynyard. A great number of persons and school children, with their teachers, assembled at the station, and on arrival Lieut. Marriott, who, accompanied by his wife, has been journeying back and forth by the train, gave an interesting address, at the conclusion of which one of the captured machine guns was exhibited. The working of it was very interestingly explained, as also a mine. The train then proceeded on its journey, and returned about three hours later, bound for Sheffield. The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas), Tue 22 Oct 1918 (p.2): MOORLEAH Patriotic Rally – A patriotic rally will be held in the Moorleah Hall on Thursday evening. Lieut. Marriott will give a lecture on the war, which was much appreciated at Wynyard, and Mr Marriott has been asked to repeat it. ………………… Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Tue 19 Nov 1918 (p.3): WYNYARD The statement that Lieut. Marriott and Sergeant-Major Hines had been selected to contest the coming elections by the Burnie branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association is causing considerable interest in political circles. Lieut. Marriott has announced his intention of returning to England early in the New Year, so may be regarded as a non-starter for political honours. Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Fri 21 Mar 1919 (p.3): WYNYARD At a meeting of the remembrance committee, held on Wednesday night, it was decided to invite Lieutenant Marriott to a farewell, the president pointing out the able assistance Mr Marriott has given to the committee, and said it was felt that it would be fitting to wish him bon voyage. Lieutenant Marriott, who is well known on the coast, is proceeding to England by the White Star liner Ceramic, leaving Hobart on April 18. He is taking his family with him, and his loss to the social circle in Wynyard will be keenly felt. He is going to St Dunstan’s College for the Blind, where the Empire’s blind soldiers are receiving tuition to enable them in a measure to partake of the activities of life. Sir Arthur Pearson (himself totally blind) is in charge of this grand institution, and one has only to meet an afflicted soldier to form a very high opinion of the excellent work that can be done by a totally blind man, when it so happens that his name is Sir Arthur Pearson. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Mon 19 May 1919 (p.3): OUR SOLDIERS – PERSONAL NOTES A cablegram was received in Wynyard on Saturday morning from Lieut. Marriott to the effect that he and his wife and family had reached Durban safely, en route for England, and that they were having a good trip. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Fri 10 Oct 1919 (p.3): PERSONAL Very many North-West Coasters will be glad to learn that Frank Marriott and his wife are in good health. They left Wynyard some months ago for England, where the lieutenant who lost his sight on active service, proposed to enter St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blind Soldiers. Writing to friends at Burnie he relates that they had a pleasant voyage with good weather all the way. He went to St Dunstan’s immediately on landing, and stayed …………… http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/66580436 Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Fri 26 Mar 1920 (p.2): A BLINDED SOLDIER Home letters this mail brought the news of the probable return to Tasmania of Mr Frank Marriott, who lost his sight in the war. Mr Marriott has been through a course of training at St Dunstan’s College, London, the famous institution for the training of the blind which is fathered by Sir Arthur Pearson, and in the final examination in the poultry course scored full marks. He is now completing a course in carpentry. When he finishes this in September next he will return to Tasmania. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Tue 27 Apr 1920 (p.3): LIEUT-MARRIOTT – AUDIENCED BY THE KING – TRIBUTE TO AUSTRALIANS LONDON, Sunday – The King at Windsor yesterday granted an audience to Lieut. Frank Marriott, a Tasmanian officer, formerly of the 12th Battalion, A.I.F. He was wounded and totally blinded at Bapaume in February, 1917. The Duke of Connaught and Lord Stamfordham conducted Lieut. Marriott to the King, who chatted with him for 20 minutes, displaying the greatest interest in the Australian operations in France. Lieut. Marriott, when interviewed, said he was living at Windsor. His audience, he thought, was probably the outcome of His Majesty’s desire to pay a tribute to Australians on the eve of Anzac Day. Lieut. Marriott sails for Australia next September to resume farming in Tasmania. [Lieut. Marriott is well known in North-Western Tasmania. An effective speaker, his aid was enlisted by the authorities during the war loan campaign. He was invited to contest Darwin at the last State Assembly but preferred to go to England to undergo a course of study at St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blind Soldiers and Sailors. His home was at Wynyard.] Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Sat 13 Nov 1920 (p.7): ABOUT PEOPLE Lieut. Frank Marriott is at present visiting Burnie and district, having recently returned from a trip to England, made since his return from active service last year [sic]. Lieut. Marriott intended residing permanently in the old country, but in common with thousands of others was unable to secure a residence other than purchasing at a fabulous figure. The conditions in the manufacturing centres, he states, are very unsettled. The unemployed are daily making demonstrations, urging the authorities to provide means of migration to the dominions. Lieut. and Mrs Marriott are both glad to be back in Tasmania, and intend taking up their residence with their family on the N.W. Coast. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Mon 17 Jan 1921 (p.2): YOLLA New Poultry Farm – Captain F. Marriott is now making preparations for the erection of a new house on his farm, “Bonnie Vale,” where he intends starting a poultry farm, which he is going to make his hobby in future. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Mon 12 Dec 1921 (p.5): Advertising WANTED – Capable help for two months. Good wages. Refs req. Mrs Marriott, Bonnie Vale, Somerset. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Thur 9 Mar 1922 (p.2): CAPT. MARRIOTT A CANDIDATE A Burnie correspondent writes: – At the request of many friends Captain Frank Marriott has decided to contest the Darwin electorate at the coming State elections in the Nationalist interest. Captain Marriott’s record of war service, during which he had the misfortune to be totally blinded, and the service afterwards given by him in recruiting and the organising of the war loans, will be remembered by the people of Tasmania, and the knowledge that the electors have gained of him as a forceful and eloquent speaker, should stand him in good stead in the coming campaign. Since the war Captain Marriott spent some time in “St Dunstan’s,” the great institution founded in London by the late Sir Arthur Pearson for the vocational training of blinded soldiers, and while there, he did considerable service in lecturing on public platforms on behalf of various national causes. This work brought him under the notice of King George, and His Majesty summoned the captain to Windsor for a private audience, which lasted for a considerable time. At its close the King expressed the hope that Captain Marriott would on his return to Australia place himself at the service of the State in the Parliamentary sphere. Since his return to Tasmania Captain Marriott has resumed his farming interests at Elliott, but he has also actively concerned himself in various public matters lately, notably those affecting returned soldiers and repatriation problems. While he does not intend to offer himself for pre-selection by the P.P.A., the fact that Captain Marriott is a practical farmer, and is keenly alive to the difficulties and needs of the primary producer, will doubtless weigh with his brother farmers when the time comes for casting votes. Altogether the gallant captain’s chance should be very good, and if he be elected the House of Assembly will gain in him a strong and forceful personality. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Wed 26 Apr 1922 (p.2): A QUESTION OF TITLE To the Editor Sir, – Will you grant me space to correct a misunderstanding which seems to have arisen with regard to my rank in the A.I.F. I have in my possession letters addressed to me as Colonel, Major, Captain and Sergeant-Major, whilst lately I notice in your columns I have been credited with being the proud possessor of an M.C. This is all quite wrong, I joined the A.I.F. as a trooper in the Light Horse in January, 1915, and held the rank of First Lieutenant when on account of wounds my appointment terminated in 1917. – Yours, etc., FRANK MARRIOTT P.S. – Of course if the electors are desirous that I should have some initials after my name, it will be in their power on June 10 to give me the privilege of adding M.H.A.! – F.M. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Tue 30 May 1922 (p.4): [Letter to the Editor re The P.P.A. and Soldier Settlers] https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/66595250 Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Thur 8 Jun 1922 (p.3): A DENIAL To the Editor Sir, – During a very successful campaign throughout the Darwin electorate statements have been made to me that “Diggers” were being served with notices to leave their holdings. I have at all times voiced the needs of the boys, with a good deal of success, and sent the following telegram to the Minister of Lands on the complaints made: – “Minister of Lands, Hobart, – Statement being circulated soldiers in arrears being served with notice pay up or get out. If correct, earnestly request same to be immediately withdrawn, otherwise great hardship to settlers, and serious loss to taxpayers must ensue. Pleas wire reply.” The following reply was received: – “Marriott, Club Hotel, Burnie – Notice only sent in cases where tenants have ignored previous demands. Minister has no intention taking extreme measures in genuine cases.” The reply speaks for itself, and needs no comment of mine. – Yours, etc., FRANK MARRIOTT, Elliott. Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas), Wed 2 Aug 1922 (p.4): LOCAL AND GENERAL Longford Soldiers’ Memorial: It is notified that the Longford Soldiers’ Memorial will be unveiled on Friday afternoon in Victoria Square by Captain Frank Marriott, M.H.A. ………………………….. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/153347312 Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Wed 23 Aug 1922 (p.3): [Letter to the Editor re The Yolla Railway] https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/66728768 Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Wed 3 Oct 1923 (p.6): [Letter to the Editor re The Welcome Swamp] https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/66790425 Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Sat 16 Aug 1924 (p.6): [Letter to the Editor re The Hospitals Bill] https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/67002595 Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Mon 2 Nov 1925 (p.7): [Letter to the Editor re Soldier Candidates for Parliament] https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/66984806 Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Wed 25 Aug 1926 (p.2): Mr Frank Marriott, M.H.A. ACTIVITIES IN LONDON Mr Frank Marriott, M.H.A., writing to “The Advocate” of his activities during his visit to the Old Country states: “I am making a comprehensive study of methods and cost of road construction. Bituminous roads are generally accepted as the most useful and serviceable. I have visited a number of institutions, schools and workshops for the deaf, dumb and blind, and am making exhaustive inquiries regarding the sale of Tasmanian fruit and timbers in England. Prospects for the latter are very promising. I have also attended several conferences regarding the migration of land settlers. On July 14 I was granted a private audience, lasting nearly half an hour, by His Majesty the King at Buckingham Palace, and attended a Royal Garden Party on July 22. I attended a re-union of British officers blinded in the late war on the 23rd. On August 4 I placed on the Cenotaph, Whitehall, a wreath in memory of the Australian soldiers killed in the late war.” The Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Mon 4 Oct 1926 (p.6): PERSONAL After an absence of several months in England, during which time he visited many parts of the Old Country, Lieutenant Frank Marriott, M.H.A., returned to Burnie by the Oonah on Saturday morning. His visit to England was unofficial, but while there he took the opportunity of obtaining the latest information on several matters of importance to Tasmania and Australia, including road methods, markets for timber, and migration. When an opportunity presents itself he intends to place before the Government some ideas which he has formed as a result of his work. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Sat 2 May 1931 (p.6): Mr Frank Marriott [Photo] Mr Frank Marriott has the reputation of being one of the most forceful speakers in Parliament, and though afflicted by blindness, the result of a war injury, he has a wonderful grip of current problems, thanks to a good memory. Mr Marriott was first elected to Parliament in 1922, and was re-elected in 1925 and 1928. That the electors were well satisfied with their representation was demonstrated at the last general election, when he was paid the compliment of being returned at the top of the poll. Mr Marriott paid a visit to England in 1926, and while there was received by His Majesty the King. Mr Marriott resides at Yolla, a progressive and solid district, where he has a farming property. He is the Chief Scout Commissioner for Tasmania of the Boy Scout movement. The Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Fri 28 Oct 1932 (p.7): “CANCER OF COMMUNISM” – Growing menace in N.S.W. Captain Marriott Outspoken https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/24708724 Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Thur 2 Mar 1933 (p.2): MEN AND WOMEN MR FRANK MARRIOTT, M.H.A., is making steady progress at St Margaret’s Hospital, Launceston, and expects to return to his home, “Bonnie Vale,” Yolla, on Sunday. The Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Mon 1 Jan 1934 (p.8): TASMANIAN HONOURED – C.M.G. for Capt. F. Marriott, M.H.A. Work for Returned Soldiers [Photo] The Governor (Sir Ernest Clark) has received advice that the King has been pleased to confer the honour of Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George on Mr Francis Marriott, M.H.A. Mr Marriott, who is a member of the House of Assembly of Tasmania, is a son of the late Mr W.K. Marriott, of London. He was born in London on July 11, 1876, and was educated at Stamford Grammar School, England. He went to sea in 1895, and voyaged to Australia. From 1897 to 1901 he was superintendent of railroad and construction in the United States, and in Scotland in 1902. Since 1903 he has been farming in Tasmania. He served in the Great War with the Australian Imperial Forces from 1915-17, being a lieutenant in the 12th Battalion in Egypt and France. He was totally blinded in action on February 26, 1917. Since June, 1922, he has represented Darwin in the House of Assembly. FORMING R.S.S.I.L.A. Mr Marriott took a prominent part in framing the policy and constitution of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia, and in 1917 was elected a life member of the league. He represented Tasmania at Federal congresses of the league in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth. He was commissioned by the Federal headquarters of the league to confer with the executive of the British ex-Service Legion in London (1926) regarding the migration of Imperial ex-soldiers. He has been a member of the Australian Blinded Soldiers’ Association since the inception of that body, and took an active part in 1917, 1918, and 1919 on Repatriation and Red Cross committees. He was engaged in the conscription campaign, addressing meetings throughout the State, and organised numerous activities for the benefit of returned soldiers and widows and orphans of deceased soldiers. Mr Marriott was elected a member of the State executive of the Boy Scouts’ Association in 1922, and was Chief Commissioner in 1928. In 1930 he was re-elected, and he retired from the office in 1932. He was awarded the Scout Medal and Certificate of Merit by the Governor-General, on the advice of Imperial Headquarters, in July, 1933. He has been a member of Toc H for about seven years, and represented Tasmania at a Federal conference at Adelaide. As Federal President of Toc H he presided at Federal conferences in Brisbane and at Launceston. He has addressed Toc H meetings in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Hobart and Launceston. He is a prominent member of the Church of England Synod of Tasmania. RECEIVED BY THE KING Mr Marriott was received in private audience at Windsor Castle by His Majesty the King on April 24, 1920. During his visit to England he did a great deal of public speaking, much of it in aid of St Dunstan’s Hospital. On July 23, 1926, His Majesty received Mr Marriott in private audience at Buckingham Palace. During his stay in England Mr Marriott addressed a number of meetings on Australia, particularly on Tasmania, and was specially chosen to address 500 world delegates on their way to a Young Men’s Christian Association world conference. Mr Marriott is the only Tasmanian in the honours list. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Mon 19 Aug 1935 (p.6): Cubs’ Outing: Members of St George’s cub pack had a ‘bus trip to Elliott recently. They hiked to Mt Myrtle via “Bonnie Vale,” the home of Mr F. Marriott. During their stay at Mr Marriott’s home they were entertained with games and races, and afternoon tea was dispensed by Mr and Mrs Marriott. Mr Marriott presented the winners of the races with scout knives and watch pouches. The cubs also were treated to a sweets scramble. Mr H. Marriott donated a football to the pack. Rev. H. Davies, who was in charge, returned thanks to Mr and Mrs Marriott, as did Senior Sixer Trevor Haslock, after which Mr Marriott took the salute, amid cheers. Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Wed 26 Feb 1936 (p.3): WEDDING OF INTEREST AT ST GEORGE’S CHURCH, YOLLA The wedding of Margaret, second daughter of Mr and Mrs A.S. Clark, Rosebery, and Harold, second son of Mr and Mrs F. Marriott, of “Bonnie Vale,” Yolla, was celebrated at St George’s Church of England, Rosebery. ………………………………………… https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/51999812 Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Mon 4 May 1936 (p.7): UNIQUE APOLOGY Highlight of Reunion – Operation Described At most digger reunions apologies are received – some short and concise, others long and not particularly interesting. Sometimes they are amusing, but seldom as long and entertaining as that received from Captain Frank Marriott, M.H.A., at the annual re-union of the 12th-52nd Battalions (A.I.F.) Association at Launceston on Saturday night. Captain Marriott wrote of his recent serious illness in a highly humorous vein, describing an operation and subsequent convalescence in war-like parlance. The apology was read by the president (Alderman E.E. von Bibra), and because it maintained the same atmosphere throughout it brought forth almost continuous laughter. This humorous apology stated: – “I am sorry I cannot join the troops in the hop-over to-morrow night, but I still have a few days of C.B. to serve. You will remember that early in the new year the enemy were doing a good deal of reconnaissance work, and also made one or two silent raids and tried to blow up the ambulance near Deloraine.” (Something went wrong with the vehicle which was bringing Capt. Marriott to hospital). “On January 29 the Battle of St Margaret’s was fought, preceded by a gas attack under the direction of Col. …., and before the troops could recover from this the enemy skilfully got in with the bayonet. They scored a complete victory and opened up a communication trench on our right flank leading to the ammunition dump, after which they withdrew. “Desultory fighting took place for several weeks, during which time the troops received great moral support from the navy, ably led by ‘Admiral’ Angus McKenzie, and also from the Red Caps under the leadership of the Provost Marshal of Launceston.” (Presumably the Mayor). “All went well for a time until the enemy returned to the attack. This time they were armed with ‘Bills’ bombs. These absolutely demoralised the troops and drastic action had to be taken to preserve their morale. The rum issue was cut out to the men and hot-water bottles and bed-socks were issued only to the headquarters and staff. “On March 19 the troops were forced to evacuate their position and went into reserve in the foothills of Launceston, and eventually on the 28th retired to the hills and gullies of Yolla, where they are now resting and re-fitting, so for the time being, ‘All is quiet on the Western Front.’” The writer concluded with several equally humorous sentences which would interest only diggers of the 12th and 52nd. Although they enjoyed the apology enormously, those present sympathised with Capt. Marriott in his illness, and hoped for his speedy recovery. Evening Star (NZ), Issue 22612, 2 Apr 1937 (p.8): “Building could hardly boom more than it is doing now in New Zealand,” said Captain Frank Marriott, of the Tasmanian Parliament, on his arrival in Christchurch yesterday. “You have only to walk down the main streets of Wellington to realise this. I spent my time dodging about to avoid being hit on the head by bricks, so many were the new buildings going up.” [Papers Past, National Library of New Zealand] Press (NZ), Vol LXXIII, Issue 22056, 2 Apr 1937 (p.8): “A VENTURESOME GOVERNMENT” AUSTRALIAN LEGISLATOR LOOKS AT DOMINION LIMITS TO WHICH STATE MAY GO https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19370402.2.37?query=%22frank%20marriott%22&page=4&snippet=true Northern Advocate (NZ), 21 Apr 1937 (p.9): “THE POSITION WILL BE HELD” Famous Wartime Command Recalled AUCKLAND, This Day Blinded by a German bullet which “clipped out” both his eyes at Bapaume in 1917, Captain Frank Marriott, C.M.G., and for the past 15 years a member of the House of Assembly of Tasmania, is on a month’s holiday visit to New Zealand. Captain Marriott, who was with the 12th Battalion of the First Division of the Australian Forces, recalled a famous order given by a machine gun officer of his battalion. Captain F.P. Bethune, M.C., an ordained priest of the Church of England. Captain Bethune, then a lieutenant, was instructed to hold a certain position “at all costs.” These were the orders he gave: – (1) This position will be held, and the section will remain here until relieved. (2) The enemy cannot be allowed to interfere with this programme. (3) If the section cannot remain here alive, it will remain here dead, but in any case it will remain here. (4) Should any man, through shell shock or other cause, attempt to surrender, he will remain here dead. (5) Should all guns be blown out, the section will use Mills grenades and other novelties. (6) Finally, the position, as stated, will be held. “Those orders have gone down in Australian history among the most famous ever given,” said Captain Marriott. “Bethune is a pal of mine. He now lives in Hobart, and although he is not in charge of a parish, he still preaches very fine sermons. Those orders he gave were typical of him. The man is all courage. “On one occasion, when travelling on a troopship from Alexandria to Marseilles, he preached a sermon that has gone down in history as the finest address ever given to troops going overseas.” https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NA19370421.2.101?query=%22frank%20marriott%22&page=2&snippet=true Auckland Star (NZ), Vol. LXVIII, Issue 93, 21 Apr 1937 (p.8): BLIND INSTITUTE – INMATES’ WORK PRAISED – VISITORS’ CONGRATULATIONS After a tour of inspection of the Jubilee Institute for the Blind, Captain Frank Marriott, himself a blind man, as the result of war wounds, and a member of the board of managers of the Blind Institute of Tasmania, expressed himself this morning as highly impressed with the work being carried out in Auckland. “I was struck with the wonderfully bright and happy atmosphere among all the inmates,” said Captain Marriott. “I visited the workshop, and I was shown many of the articles made. The thing that struck me most was the wonderful finish on all articles. I would like to congratulate the staff on the excellence of the work and the provision that is made for the happiness of the inmates.” Captain Marriott declared there was nothing in Australia to equal the Jubilee Institute for the Blind. [Papers Past, National Library of New Zealand] Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Sat 26 Oct 1940 (p.3): Advertising WELL-KNOWN FARMING PROPERTY – FOR SALE BY TENDER Tenders are invited for that desirable property known as “Bonnie Vale,” together with 60 acres farmed in conjunction therewith, situate at Elliott, 8 miles from Somerset Freezing Works and 1 mile from Yolla Area School. Total acreage 190 acres approx., 150 cleared for plough, balance under grass. Watered by permanent creek, well fenced and subdivided. Seven-roomed house, electric light, telephone, H. and C. water and all conveniences. Also two small cottages. Farm buildings comprise cowshed, dairy, stable, barn, piggeries, two garages, carpenter’s shed, etc. All in good repair. Property being sold as all owner’s sons have enlisted. Terms cash, or as otherwise arranged. Present tenant to have right of marketing 12 acres potatoes. Possession in other respects on November 25. Tenders close with the undersigned (from whom full particulars and form of tender may be obtained) at 3 p.m. November 9. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. C. ROBERTS THOMSON, Solicitor, Burnie. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Wed 2 Jul 1941 (p.2): Capt. Marriott, M.H.A., to Retire CAPTAIN FRANK MARRIOTT, who has been one of the members for Darwin in the State House of Assembly since 1922, will not seek re-election at the forthcoming State elections. It is understood that if he should decide to offer himself as a candidate again, he may seek election as one of the members for Bass. ………………………………… Captain Marriott was elected for Darwin on June 10, 1922, and has been re-elected continuously ever since. He is well known for his work for the Scout movement. He was awarded a C.M.G. in 1934. Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Mon 8 Jun 1942 (p.4): ANZACS OLD AND NEW [Group Photo – black] Captain Frank Marriott enlisted in Victoria in a light horse regiment early in January, 1915. Transferring to the infantry, he gained his commission in July of the same year. He served in Egypt and France with the 12th Battalion, A.I.F., and was totally blinded in the attack on Bapaume on February 26, 1917. He was discharged on September 20 in the same year. Lieutenant F.A. Marriott was serving in the 12/50th Battalion, and enlisted at the outbreak of war. He served in Palestine and Syria with a machine-gun battalion. At the outbreak of war Corporal H. Marriott was serving in the 22nd L.H. Regiment. He enlisted and served with a machine-gun battalion in Palestine and Syria. Staff-Sergeant J.E. Marriott was also in the 12/50th Battalion before enlisting. He saw service with the Australian Signals Corps in Palestine and Syria. Lieutenant W.F. Marriott is serving with a trench mortar battalion in the New Zealand forces. Lieut. F.A., Corp. H., and Staff-Sergeant J.E. Marriott recently returned from the Middle East and spent leave with their parents, Captain and Mrs Marriott, 37 Lawrence-street, Launceston, and are now at battle stations “Somewhere in Australia.” https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/91512011 Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Fri 1 Nov 1946 (p.4): CLAIMS WORLD RECORD IN POLITICS Capt. Frank Marriott, who presided at the Liberal candidates’ meeting at the Library Hall, Launceston, last night, made what probably will be his last public political appearance. He did not seek endorsement again in the Bass team for the House of Assembly, and this week ended his political career of 24 years’ service to the electors of Darwin and Bass. “I hold the world record for political service by a blind man,” he said yesterday when interviewed at his home, Lawrence St. “I have been a member of the House since June, 1922, and my term ends this week. “But because I am no longer a member it does not mean that I will not take a keen interest in politics. It is in my blood, as it was in my father’s blood, and in my sons’ blood. “I have enjoyed every minute of my political career, and I say with all humility that I have done my best to serve the people. All members of the House and the officers of Parliament have been very decent to me. “I will miss going to the House. But I was 70 last July, and I must practice what I preach and make way for younger men. “For nearly 20 years I represented Darwin, and when I moved to Launceston I hoped to get away from politics. But I was induced to stand for Bass, and was successful.” Capt. Marriott will not enter upon a period of idle retirement. He is actively connected with several worthy organisations, perhaps most important of which at present is his post of chairman of the state committee for the care of war blinded. There are 16 blinded or partially blinded ex-servicemen in various parts of Tasmania, and the organisation is assisting them to rehabilitate themselves. Capt. Marriott himself a totally blinded war veteran of the First World War, is taking a keen interest in the men’s welfare and devotes to their interests a good deal of time. He is also chairman of the committee for the Northern Sanatorium, a member of the board of management of the Tasmanian Blind Institute and a member of the Diocesan Council and Patronage Council of the Church of England. Tribute at Meeting Moving a vote of thanks to Capt Marriot at the meeting last night, Ald. A. Hollingsworth paid tribute to his fine service to the country for nearly 25 years. “He has served his country well in war and in peace,” he said. “He is a citizen of whom any city could be justly proud.” Capt. Marriott said: – “I have never taken part in a political campaign with more optimism than I feel to-night. I feel that the country is ripe for a change of Government.” Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Sat 9 Nov 1946 (p.9): Notable Career of a Man Blinded in War QUARTER-CENTURY OF POLITICS MR FRANK MARRIOTT, who has retired as a member of the State Parliament after just on 25 years of service – a record for a sightless man – is able to record that his most successful years have been those which followed his great affliction. He has now passed the allotted span, and has decided to leave the hurly-burly of public life to the younger generation, including one of his sons, Mr Fred Marriott, who is a candidate for the seat vacated by his father in Bass. BORN in England, Mr Frank Marriott as a boy longed to rove the sea, and at the age of 17 he saw Tasmania when in sailor’s rig. The inland captivated him, and in his manhood he heeded the advice to go on the land. He took up a farm at Elliott. Nothing distinguished his career above that of the hardy pioneers of the region until the call to the Great War sounded late in 1914, and the following January saw him in khaki. He fought for over two years, and gained his commission. Then, towards the end of 1917 [sic], he was struck at Bapaume with an enemy missile which destroyed his sight. What might well have been regarded as the blasting of all his hopes really meant the opening of the portal to a new and distinguished life. Like many others who lost their sight, he was befriended by that beneficent foundation St Dunstan’s, England, the training school for the blind, established by the newspaper magnate Sir Arthur Pearson, who himself had lost his sight. Here Frank Marriott learned typing by touch, joinery, and Braille reading. He learned typing so thoroughly that he would not make one mistake in a page of script. As to his sill with the hammer and nails, Mr Marriott preserves among his rich repertoire of humorous anecdotes his conversation with King George V, when he was granted an audience. The King was intrigued by the fact that a blind man could use a hammer to drive nails. “Do you ever hit your fingers with the hammer?” he asked. Frank Marriott confessed that he had at times the annoying experience. The King fired the next question quickly: “And do you swear?” “Your Majesty,” was the response, “I’m an Australian.” In his isolated world Frank Marriott found that it was good to use his brains and improve on his training he received at St Dunstan’s. He cultivated his memory, and his services were sought on behalf of the R.S.L. and other worth-while movements. …………………………………………………………………….. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/69051082 Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Thur 22 May 1947 (p.2): PERSONAL Capt. Frank Marriott is a patient in the Repatriation Hospital, Hobart, undergoing treatment. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Thur 6 Jul 1950 (p.4): MRS FRANK MARRIOTT LAUNCESTON, Wednesday Mrs Alice Maud Marriott, wife of Mr Frank Marriott (a member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly for 25 years), died in Launceston to-day. Mrs Marriott, who was a daughter of the late Rev. W.M. Harrison and Mrs Harrison, was born on the Isle of Wight, and came to Tasmania with her parents early in the century. Her father was rector of Burnie till his retirement, when he took up land at Elliott. She married Mr Frank Marriott in 1907, and they lived at Yolla till they moved to Launceston in 1936. She was actively interested in the Church of England at Elliott, and later at Holy Trinity, Launceston. Mrs Marriott, who was in her 77th year, leaves a husband and four sons, Messrs William F. Marriott (New Zealand), Harold Marriott (King Island), Fred Marriott, M.H.A. (Launceston), and John Marriott (Hobart). Brothers were the late Rev John Harrison (rector of Oatlands for many years) and the late Mr R.W. Harrison (who was for several years council clerk at Strahan). There will be a service at Holy Trinity Church on Friday at 2.30 p.m., followed by private interment at the Carr Villa Cemetery. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Tue 27 Oct 1953 (p.20): Three Ms.P. in one family Senator J.E. Marriott, who is visiting the North-West Coast for the first time since his election in May to a six-year term in the Senate, is the third member of his family to be in the Darwin electorate as a Member of Parliament. His father, Mr Frank Marriott, was a member for Darwin from 1922 to 1942, and also a member for Bass from 1942 to 1946. His brother, Mr F.A. Marritot, M.H.A., who has represented Bass since 1946, has frequently visited the North-West Coast on Liberal Party tours. The Marriott family lived at Elliott till 1936, and both Senator Marriott and his brother worked in Burnie in the early 1930’s. St Dunstan’s Review, No.445, Vol XL, Feb 1957 (p.10): “In Memory” Captain Francis Marriott, C.M.G., 12th Battalion, 1st Australian Division It is with deep regret that we record the death of Captain Francis Marriott, of Tasmania, whom many early St Dunstaners will remember, for he was one of the first Commonwealth officers to be trained at St Dunstan’s. “Frank” Marriott, as he was known, was blinded at Bapaume in February, 1917, and he came to St Dunstan’s later that year [sic], where he trained as a poultry farmer. He returned to his native country in 1920 and started a distinguished career two years later when he was first elected to the Tasmanian Legislature. He remained a member until 1946. He was Chief Commissioner for the Boy Scouts in Tasmania from 1928 to 1932, and a prominent worker for blind welfare and for Toc H, of which he was Federal President from 1931 to 1934. He received his C.M.G. in 1934, but earlier, in 1920, had the honour of being received in private audience by King George V at Windsor Castle on Anzac Day, and again at Buckingham Palace in 1926. He retired from most of his public interests in 1948. He was a widower and our deep sympathy is offered to his sons. The Times (London, England), Thur 14 Feb 1957 (p.10): CAPTAIN F MARRIOTT Sir Ian Fraser writes: – Many St Dunstaners from the First World War will be sorry to learn of the death at the age of 81 of Captain Francis Marriott, C.M.G., in Hobart, Tasmania, for he was one of the first Commonwealth officers to be rehabilitated at our headquarters of that time in Regent’s Park. Captain “Frank” Marriott, as he was known to most of us, was totally blinded in action while serving with the 12th Battalion 1st Australian Division at Bapaume in February, 1917, …………………………………