14-10-1944: Frank Clifford Lording (1860-1944)

Frank Clifford Lording (1860-1944), was born in Melbourne on the 10th October 1860 to architect and builder, Frederick Henry “Harry” Lording and Marianne Coulsell.

Frank became an apprentice glass stainer and embosser with the Ferguson & Urie stained glass company in his early teens. His name is mentioned a number of times in the press articles about the company dinners of 1886, 1887 and 1888.  At the 1886 company dinner he sang ‘The Old Brigade’ and at the 1887 dinner sang, ‘Romany Lass’. After the firm closed in 1899 he went into partnership with Charles William Hardess (1859-1849), another employee of the firm, to become ‘Hardess & Lording’. Lording was also a capable footballer and was selected for the Victorian team in the first Inter-colonial football match against South Australia on the Tuesday 1st July 1879 [1] which the Victorian team won. The Hotham Football club later became the North Melbourne Football Club and he was selected as state representative in 1879 and 1881.

Photo: Frank Clifford Lording, North Melbourne, June 1887. (subset from the company dinner portraits)

Frank Clifford Lording. A subset photo from the Ferguson & Urie company dinner portraits in June 1887, North Melbourne.

Frank Clifford Lording in the Hotham (North Melbourne) Football Club uniform in 1879 (in-line image to Museum Victoria)

The Argus, Melbourne, 14th October 1944, page 15.

“LORDING.- On October 7, at his residence, 18 McDonald street, Mordialloc, Frank Clifford, beloved father of Cliff, Fred, and Len, aged 84 years.”

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Museum Victoria: Frank Clifford Lording photo for Hotham Football Club


[1] The Argus, Melbourne, Wednesday 2nd July 1979, page 5.

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