Sir Hilbourne Frank
On 1 November 2004 Hilbourne Frank was knighted for his dedication to serving the people of Barbuda in the political field as a founder member of the Barbuda Peoples Movement (BPM) for over 40 years.
Sir Hilbourne retired as Barbuda’s representative in 2004 and had originally entered politics in 1960 when he lost to McChesney George in the general election of that year. Sir Hilbourne graduated from Antigua Grammar School in 1950 and taught at the Grammar School, the Boys’ School and the Holy Trinity School in Barbuda from 1950 to 1960.
Then he worked at the Coco Point Lodge and as a legal secretary for Claude Earle Francis until his departure for England in 1963.
In the early 1960s Sir Hilbourne established the Barbuda Workers Union and whilst living in England founded the Barbuda Association. In 1974 he organised the first international convention of Barbudans. On returning to the island in 1979 Sir Hilbourne was elected to the Barbuda Council and became the Chairman, serving as Chairman of the Council on two occasions – from 1979 to 1985 and from 1989 to 1997. He attended the important independence talks at Lancaster House with John Macdonald QC and worked on the Essex Report.
More recently Sir Hilbourne has dedicated his life to the pursuit of equal rights and justice for Barbudan people and has personally pursued a number of legal cases to establish Barbudans’ rights to ownership of the island’s sand and to their land rights and self determination through the Barbuda Land Act.
He served as Barbuda’s member of the House of Representatives of Antigua and Barbuda between 1989 and 2004. In 2004, he retired as a legislator and was knighted later that year.