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FRANKLAND, Frederick William
Frederick William Frankland was born in Manchester in April 1854, the eldest son of Sir Edward Frankland, F.R.S., a well-known chemist. After attending London University he came to New Zealand for health reasons in 1875 and joined the Civil Service where he rose to the positions of Registrar of Friendly Societies (1884), Government Actuary (1886), and Government Insurance Commissioner (1889). A skilled mathematician, Frankland took also a deep interest in political and social questions. He considered himself a Socialist, and he was able to influence the Premier, Sir Harry Atkinson, to whom he was bound by ties of close friendship. One fruit of their collaboration was the abortive National Insurance Scheme of 1882–83.
On 30 April 1879, at St. Paul's Church, Wellington, Frankland married Miriam, daughter of C. H. Symons, of Foxton, New Zealand. Early in 1890 he left for London to take up a actuarial position. He later moved to New York, but in 1902 he returned to live in New Zealand, settling at Foxton, the home town of his wife. Frankland served on the Foxton Borough Council and unsuccessfully contested the Manawatu seat in the Liberal interest in 1909. He also published numerous works on philosophical and theological questions.
During the First World War Frankland returned to New York where he died on 23 July 1916.
by Herbert Otto Roth, B.A., DIP.N.Z.L.S., Deputy Librarian, University of Auckland.