Frank H. Woollaston
1882 - 1939


Frank Woollaston had as distinguished a career as his older brother Monte. However it was much more varied.

Early in his life he developed an interest in Physical Culture and studied physiology at the Sorbonne in 1901. During the period 1901 - 1902 he was at the Crystal Palace School of Physical Training in South London studying Remedial Exercises.

During the period he was in Paris he modelled for a portrait painted by Albert Herter, an American artist of some note, in a study called 'Icarus'.

Both he and Monte also spent some time in Hamburg. They were both fluent in German as well as other languages, something that Monte used later when he met Maxick and translated Max's German into English when writing 'Muscle Control'

 
Here you can see an extract from 'Antiques Roadshow' where Frank's Grand-daughter brings the portrait along and talks about it.
By 1903 Frank & Monte had formed their stage act 'The Sculptor's Dream'

Whilst Monte continued his Physical Education interests Frank concentrated on his writing and being a lyricist he collaborated with the American Courtlandt Palmer. Palmer was an accomplished pianist and was a friend and patron of both brothers. In later years his name was to be remembered when Monte's younger son F.H.C. Woollaston adopted the professional name of Courtlandt Saldo.

Frank wrote one particular song for Dame Nellie Melba, the great Australian opera singer. For this he received royalties that were paid to him for the rest of his life. He spent some time in America, where he had some considerable success and also travelled extensively in Europe.

Here's Frank in 1910 demonstrating the contraction of all the upper back muscles.

At the outbreak of World War One in 1914  he 'joined up' but for health reasons he was not called to the front. Instead he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. based at Frensham Hill Military Hospital.

In this connection he developed a course of special exercises for use in thoracic lesions such as pleurisy, collapse of the lungs following aspiration and gunshot wounds.

Frank with his Daughter

He left the army in 1919 as an NCO (Sergeant) but continued to receive many requests for his remedial exercises and treatment long after the war had ended.

This cover of 'Health & Strength' pictures Frank in his Army uniform and bills him as the brother of Monte Saldo.

From 1920 he was employed as a lecturer in Physical Training at Goldsmith's College, part of the University of London.

In 1922 he gained a further qualification in Hygiene and won a travelling scholarship in Scandinavia visiting Physical Training Institutes and Schools. He also became a Member of the Royal Institute of Public Health & Hygiene.

Frank remained at Goldsmith's College for a further 17 years until he died in 1939 aged 57 following a stroke. 

Since he had developed a keen interest in medical matters it was a great joy to him that his daughter was well on the way to qualifying as a Doctor by the time he died. 

Goldsmiths College Sports Club 1925
Frank is in the centre

Biographical details and photographs provided by Dr. Woollaston, daughter and
Julia King, grand-daughter of Frank Woollaston.

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