Fred Book

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Frederick David Book (born 1905, died 1990) was an Australian rules football administrator and City of Perth Councillor.

In 1928 Book was elected Treasurer of the East Perth Football Club. Retiring in 1973 he had served the club in different roles for a total of 45 years including a record 20 years as club president.

It is Book who is credited with saving Perth Oval from being acquired by the army for use as a depot. In 1956 as a tribute to his service to the club, the new grandstand was named in his honour. The F.D. Book Stand still stands to this day although Perth Oval is no longer used for Australian rules football. He also had East Perth's best and fairest award, the F. D. Book Medal, named in his honour.[1][2]

Book was elected to the City of Perth council in 1940.[3]

At the 1950 state election, Book stood for the Liberal and Country League in the seat of East Perth, but was defeated by the sitting Labor member, Herb Graham.[4][5]


  1. ^ "History - Administrators". East Perth Football Club. April 2002. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  2. ^ Brokensha, P (May 1948). "Installation of Bro Frederick David Book". The West Australian Craftsman. Perth, Western Australia: Freemason's Club. 15: 23–24.
  3. ^ "Highlights of Municipal Elections - Lord Mayor Wins Easily, F. D. Book Beats Cr. Higgins". The Sunday Times. No. 2235. Western Australia. 24 November 1940. p. 2. Retrieved 5 April 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Councillor wants to stand for Parlt". The Daily News. Vol. LXVIII, no. 23, 324. Western Australia. 12 January 1950. p. 2 (Final). Retrieved 5 April 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN 0730984095.