Dr. Frank Tratman 3rd Mayor of Guildford 1890

Dr. Frank Tratman, j.p., M.D., M.R.C.S., D.P.H., L.R.C.P. (Eng.). 3rd Mayor of Guildford 1890 …whose academic qualifications make an imposing array

Dr. Frank Tratman, MD., M.R.C.S., D.P.H., L R.C.P., and Justice of the Peace for the colony of Western Australia, was born in Bristol in 1860. He was educated at the Bristol Grammar School, distinguishing himself as a scholar, and carrying off many prizes at the head of his classes. The Colonial Office made an offer to him to go out to Western Australia and become resident medical officer at Carnarvon.

On presenting his credentials to the Government at Perth, the Colonial Secretary perceived that Dr. Tratman’s abilities would to somewhat wasted in such a remote part of the colony as Carnarvon,  A more important and fitting role was found for him close to the metropolis at Guildford, where he became resident medical officer.  His residence was a Government house, situated to the north of the Mechanics Institute Hall on Meadow Street.

The district under his control was one of the largest in the colony, and Dr. Tratman performed the duties of his office for five years. He became Guildford’s third mayor in 1890.

In 1891 he grew restless, and was anxious to achieve greater distinction in the profession of his choice.  He  resigned from his appointment, returned to England, and enrolled to study for a degree of Doctor of Medicine at the London University.