The Reverend Professor
|Awards||Member of the Order of Australia (2019)|
|Alma mater||University of New South Wales (BA [Hons], PhD)|
University of Melbourne (DipEd)
Sydney College of Divinity (MTh)
University of Kent (MA [Hons])
|Thesis||Where Fate Calls: The HMAS Voyager Tragedy (1991)|
|Doctoral advisor||Roger Thompson|
|Institutions||University of New South Wales (2014-)|
Charles Sturt University (2006-14)
|Main interests||Australian military history|
Maritime and naval history
Frame was born in Stanmore, New South Wales and raised in Wollongong by his adoptive parents. He was educated at West Wollongong Infants School (1968-70), West Wollongong Primary School (1971-74, awarded Dux in 1974) and Wollongong High School (1975-78).
Frame joined the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell as a 16-year-old junior entry cadet midshipman in January 1979. Later that year, he was assigned to the destroyer escort HMAS Derwent as a junior officer under training, where he earned his helmsman's certificate. He graduated from the RAN College in December 1983. Frame completed his studies in Chinese history and economics at the University of New South Wales, graduating with Bachelor of Arts (Honours), and the inaugural W.J. Liu Memorial Prize for Excellence in Chinese Studies in 1984.
Frame was the inaugural Summer Vacation Scholar at the Australian War Memorial in 1985, then completed his training aboard HMAS Jervis Bay and HMAS Supply. He was then assigned to the shore establishment HMAS Cerberus as an instructor. While there, he took on additional duty as director of the base's museum, also working as a consultant for the Australian National Maritime Museum and studying for a Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne.
Frame was appointed Research Officer to the Chief of Naval Staff at Navy Office, Canberra in April 1988. Two years later he undertook study in military history at the Australian Defence Force Academy leading to the award of a PhD in October 1991, taking as his thesis topic the Melbourne-Voyager collision. He served as a staff officer at Headquarters, Australian Defence Force, then resigned from the RAN in November 1992.
Frame completed a Master of Theology degree with a thesis entitled The Delphic Sword: Reconciling Christianity and Military Service in Australia and trained for the priesthood in the Anglican Church of Australia in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.
He was ordained in December 1993 and appointed curate of St John's Church in Wagga Wagga and a Visiting Scholar at Charles Sturt University. In November 1995, he was inducted as Rector of St James' Church, Binda.
From 1996 to 1997, he took leave in England and completed a Master of Arts (Honours) in applied theology at the University of Kent at Canterbury as the Lucas Tooth Scholar and ministered in the United Benefice of Hever, Four Elms and Markbeech in the Diocese of Rochester.
He became Rector of St Philip's Church, Bungendore, in January 1999 and was appointed lecturer (half-time) in public theology at St Mark's National Theological Centre in June 2000. He was also a Visiting Fellow in the School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University from 1999 to 2003.
On 28 June 2001, he was consecrated bishop and became the first full-time Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Force. He was the youngest Anglican bishop in Australia when consecrated and the fifth youngest in the nation's history. He was Patron of the Armed Forces Federation of Australia (2002-06) and a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial (2004-07), and judged the Inaugural Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History in 2007. Although approached to participate in several diocesan episcopal election processes, he never accepted candidacy.
Frame resigned as Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Force in November 2006 to become Director of St Mark's National Theological Centre at Barton in Canberra, the administrative headquarters of the School of Theology of Charles Sturt University with the title of Professor. He was head of the CSU School of Theology from November 2006 to June 2008. He completed his directorship of St Mark's in January 2014.
In July 2014, Frame was appointed Director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, and commissioned to produce a 50th anniversary history of the relationship between the University and the Department of Defence. In July 2017, he was appointed the inaugural Director of the Howard Library (located at Old Parliament House, Canberra) and the Public Leadership Research Group. He relinquished directorship of the Howard Library in June 2020. In July 2020, he was commissioned by the Chief of the Defence Force to produce a major study of allegations of misconduct by Australian Special Forces personnel in Afghanistan, 2005-2013. Publication is planned for late 2022.
In 2010, Frame relocated to a rural property adjacent to the village of Tarago (north-east of Canberra) where he is engaged in small-scale beef production. Since 2012 he has been the Honorary Priest-in-Charge of the Mulwaree Anglican Mission District consisting of churches at Lake Bathurst, Tarago and Currawang. In 2018 he chose to relinquish episcopal orders voluntarily after concluding that the episcopate was not a permanent order of ministry.
Frame was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2001 for services to the Australian Defence Force and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to higher education, the Anglican Church, and to the community.
Frame is the author, co-author or editor of more than 50 books, including: