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Biographical entry Hann, Frank Hugh (1846 - 1921)

19 October 1846
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
23 August 1921
Cottesloe, Western Australia, Australia
Explorer and Pastoralist


Frank Hann was an explorer, pastoralist and expert bushman who as a young man assumed the management of the family property of Lolworth in Queensland. In 1881 he acted as guide to a railway surveying party in the Gulf Country in the Lawn Hill area, where he took up land and discovered mineral deposits not commercially developed for a further 100 years. Hann left the property in 1896 during the economic downturn and went to Western Australia. He explored much of the State while searching for pastoral land and mineral deposits, with some support from the Western Australian Government. His expeditions extended as far as the Petermann Ranges in Central Australia and Oodnadatta, South Australia. He named over 500 geographical features. Hann River and Mount Hann in Western Australia are named in his honour.



Life event - Family arrives in Westernport, Victoria
Life event - Family moves to Burdekin River near Charters Towers, Queensland
1865 - 1870
Career event - Managed the family property of Lolworth Station, Queensland
Life event - Moved to Western Australia

Published resources


  • Donaldson, Mike and Elliot, Ian, "Do not yield to despair"; Frank Hann Diaries (Carlisle (W.A.): Hesperian Press, 1998), 426 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Bolton, G. C., 'Hann, William (1837 - 1889) and Frank Hugh (1846 - 1921), explorers and pastoralists' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Douglas Pike, ed., vol. 4 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1972), pp. 335-6. Details

Edited Books

  • Elliot, Ian ed., Frank Hann's Lolworth Diaries 1866-1875 (Carlisle (W.A.): Hesperian Press, 2013), 192 pp. Details


See also

  • Clement, Cathie, Gresham, Jeffrey and McGlashan, Hamish eds, Kimberley history: people, exploration and development (Perth: Kimberley Society, 2012), 227 pp. Details

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