Frank Wise

Frank Joseph Scott Wise (30 May 1897 – 29 June 1986) was the 16th Premier of Western Australia from 31 July 1945 to 1 April 1947.[1] He was from the Labor Party.


Frank Joseph Scott Wise
Frank Wise
16th Premier of Western Australia
In office
31 July 1945 – 1 April 1947
Preceded byJohn Willcock
Succeeded bySir Ross McLarty
4th Administrator of the Northern Territory
In office
1 July 1951 – 1 July 1956
Preceded byArthur Driver
Succeeded byJames Arthur
Personal details
Born30 May 1897
Died29 June 1986
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
OccupationFarmer (tropical fruit)

Wise was born in Queensland and after finishing high school he became a tropical fruit farmer.[2] He joined the Queensland Department of Agriculture, and later moved to Western Australia to work with the WA Department of Agriculture. He brought banana plants from Queensland to grow in the Gascoyne region around Carnarvon. He was elected to the Western Australian parliament in 1933 and became the Minister for Agriculture in 1936.[2]

He became Premier of Western Australia after John Willcock resigned in 1945. His government was defeated in the 1947 election. He then became Leader of the Opposition for four years. He resigned from parliament in 1951 to become the Administrator of the Northern Territory.[2]


  1. "Premiers of Western Australia". Western Australian Electoral Commission. 2012. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Wise". The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia. 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012.