Frank Skjellerup was born in Victoria, but spent over 20 years of his adult life in Capetown, South Africa, where he worked as a telegraphist. There, he became an avid amateur astronomer, independently discovering five comets including P/ Grigg-Skjellerup.
After he returned to Australia in 1923, he found Skjellerup-Maristany in 1927, which gathered much media acclaim, and De Kock-Skjellerup in 1941. He was fortunate in that he found a short-period comet of period 5 years, and two others of naked-eye brightness!
He joined the ASV in 1933, served as its President (1942-4) and, as a Life Member, was also involved in work on variable stars until his death in 1952.