F. W. Commons

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F.W. Commons, Sculptor, 1896. Image: Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 4826)
Brittain gravestone in the Ballaarat Old Cemetery, January 2014. Photography; Clare Gervasoni

F.W. Commons was a marble and stone cutter operating from premises on Creswick Road, Ballarat in 1887.[1]



Frederick William Commons was born in Linton, Victoria in 1860, the son of Richard Commons and Elizabeth Jane Barkla.[2] At the age of 16 he went to England to undergo technical training in stone masonry. He subsequently returned to Victoria and established Commons Bros., a marble and monumental enterprise situated at the corner of Creswick Road and Webster Street in Ballarat.

Commons was an active member of the Ballarat community. He was the Honorary Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Captain of both the Ballarat Rowing Club and the Rifle Club. He was also a prominent Freemason, holding the position of Worshipful Master of the Orion Lodge.[3]


See also

John Brittain

Commons Bros.



  1. Rogers, J. W. F. (ed.). (c. 1887). The Australasian Federal Directory of Commerce, Trades & Professions. Melbourne: J. W. F. Rogers.
  2. Burrel, J. (2008), Frederick William Commons, http://users.ncable.net.au/~jburrell/gen/hutchins/com_wil.html
  3. Kimberly, W.B. (1894). Ballarat and Vicinity. Ballarat: F.W. Niven & Co.

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--S.Singaram 10:38, 19 January 2012 (EST); --Beth Kicinski 14:24, 25 July 2012 (EST); --C.K.Gervasoni 17:48, 23 January 2014 (EST)

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