Francis William (Frank) Hyatt
DOB: 09 February 1882 Bolwarrah Victoria
DOD: 25 April 1919
Vice President: 1919
Frank played cricket and football with Coburg Juniors and Brunswick. He transferred to the Carlton Cricket Club as a wicket keeper and opening batsman. He played for Victoria between 1914-15 and scored a century against Tasmania.
He was a vice president of both the Carlton Football Club and Cricket Club.
Since 1914 he had been a committee member of Carlton Football Club, and at the time of his death he was the senior vice president and recently appointed VFL delegate of the Carlton Football Club. The club acknowledged his vast organising and brilliant talents in a tribute after his death in the Spanish flu pandemic.
From: http://www.rtbuvic.com.au/Documents/Volume%204.6.pdf and the internet site of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
Frank Hyett died in 1919, leaving behind his wife and three children. He was Carlton delegate to the VFL and general secretary of the Victorian Railways Union. Over 5,000 people attended his funeral. Frank was a close friend of future Australian WW2 Prime Minister John Curtin, whose second child John (Francis) was named in memory of his friend.
Amost 100 years later, in late 2019, the COVID-19 corona virus pandemic would begin to go global.
From the AFL article; "What happened the last time footy faced a pandemic." by Ben Collins, March 21 2020
1919 LATE F. HYETTThe Australasian's obituary written by Jack Worrall
To read click here> http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140222933
The Advocate's obituary. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article168069895
Carlton historian Tony De Bolfo's September 2020 article