Frank Newman was a prominent industrialist in Melbourne with a particular interest in young people and training. He was a member of the Apprenticeship Commission and the State Council for Technical Education. He was the President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne 1973-74 and District Governor 1975-76 (District 280).
Frank Newman was leader of the Club Project for 1962-63: "Papua - New Guinea Study Visit". The objectives were to develop Rotary fellowship with the five Rotary Clubs in the area and to give the Study Team the opportunity meet people of Papua New Guinea and to study their life, activities and anspirations.
The five members of the team, under the leadership of Frank, were away five weeks. The full report was printed and published, and favourably commented on by the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies. This study visit was a forerunner of the Group Study Exchange Program later introduced by Rotary International.