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Top 100 Irish Australians

Bernard O’Dowd

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1866 – 1953 Poet, Radical O’Dowd was born at Beaufort, Victoria to Irish emigrant parents who were preoccupied with Celtic ancestry and legend. But, in the hope that he would win paid secondary school and university fees, O’Dowd was not sent to Catholic schools. He did win the fees but was forced to leave university …

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Patrick O’Farrell

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1933 – 2003 Historian Born in New Zealand to Irish parents, O’Farrell moved to Australia in 1956 and, after receiving a PhD from the Australian National University, became a professor of history and, later, emeritus professor, at the University of New

Robert O’Hara Burke

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1821-1861 Explorer Burke was born into a family of Protestant gentry in Co Galway and, like all the males in his family, became a soldier. He served in the Austrian army and the Irish Mounted Constabulary prior to migrating to Australia in 1853. He joined the

Cornelius O’Leary

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1897– 1971 Public Servant Born at Murwillumbah, NSW to an Irish immigrant father and a Queensland-born mother, O’Leary was educated by the Christian Brothers in Ipswich, Queensland and began working for the Queensland Public Service in 1913. Starting off

Paddy O’Neill

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1874 – 1953 Trade Unionist Born at Wentworth, NSW, the seventh of nine children of Irish-born parents, O’Neill was educated at the local Catholic school. The family moved to Broken Hill and Paddy and his brothers became mineworkers. In 1899 he married

Bill ‘Tiger’ O’Reilly

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1905 – 1992 Cricketer Born into an Irish family in White Cliffs, NSW, in 1905, William Joseph ‘Tiger’ O’Reilly would go on to become the greatest spin bowler of all time. His father was a small-town schoolmaster who was moved around a lot and in 1917