StateLibQld 1 42043 Frank Forde pilots a train into Brisbane, 1930
Frank Forde pilots a train into Brisbane, 1930.
Francis Michael Forde was the Acting Minister for Markets and Transport when he piloted this train into Brisbane. Frank Forde was Prime Minister for only eight days, July 6 to 13 1945, after the death of John Curtin. With unswerving loyalty to his party and its leadership, Forde was a federal parliamentarian for 24 years. For 14 years he was deputy leader of the federal parliamentary Labor Party, and for nine of those years was deputy Leader of the Opposition.Forde was Minister for Trade and Customs in 1931, during the government of James Scullin, and Minister for the Army from 1941 to 1946, during the governments of John Curtin and Ben Chifley.