Frederick John Prichard was born at Whitchurch, Hereford, England, on 14 Aug 1851. He arrived in Victoria on the El Dorado in 1852 with his father Thomas, mother and 10 siblings. Frederick was educated in Ararat and served his apprenticeship with a local newspaper. He married Annie Bruce Colquhoun in 1879 in Geelong, Victoria. Their son Parlane Colquhoun was born there in 1880. The family came to Tasmania in 1884. Their two daughters were born in Launceston: Wynifred Agnes on 27 Nov 1890 and Doris Mary on 28 Apr 1894.
Frederick was a journalist, first with The Daily Telegraph, then The Mercury and finally became editor of The Examiner from 1893 to 1920. During World War I he wrote under the name of 'Union Jack' to keep readers informed of developments on the war front. He was a Freemason and filled positions of secretary, treasurer, superintendent and trustee of St Oswald's Church, Trevallyn.
Frederick died suddenly aged 68 on 19 May 1920 while visiting Sydney. His remains were returned to Launceston and he was buried at the Carr Villa Cemetery in Section B2 No. 90. Two memorials, a font and a brass plaque, were erected at St Oswald's Church in his honour. His wife Annie died aged 72 on 2 May 1924 and was buried with Frederick. Their son Parlane was buried next to his parents in Apr 1943.