Born in Calabria, Frank Calabro AM became the first Italian-born member of the NSW Parliament in 1970. His selfless commitment to make a difference in people’s lives saw him help Fairfield to develop into one of the most diverse cities in Australia. He served as a councillor and mayor of Fairfield Council.
Affectionately known as the people’s champion, Frank assisted new migrants from many ethnic backgrounds. In 1970 he was elected to the Legislative Council where he served with distinction for 18 years.
Knighted and appointed a Commander of the Republic of Italy in 1971, he was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003. He will be remembered as a compassionate, hard worker who was dedicated to his community.