Dr Frank Robison Kerr was named Australian Rhodes Scholar in 1913 and studied physiology and pathology at University College, Oxford. Whilst a medical undergraduate at the University of Melbourne, he was awarded Triple Blue in cricket, football and athletics.
Frank went to France in December 1914 as a Medical Officer in the British Army, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for “conspicuous gallantry and splendid devotion to duty at peril of his own life”.
On return from World War I, Frank practised medicine for 3 years, gained the Diploma of Public Health, and was appointed to the Industrial Hygiene Division of the Commonwealth Department of Health. In 1925 he became Commonwealth Medical Officer in Melbourne.