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John O'Brien

[Monsignor Patrick Joseph Hartigan] (13 October 1878 - 27 December 1952 / Australia)

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Monsignor Patrick Joseph Hartigan was an Australian Roman Catholic priest, educator, author and poet.

Biography

He was born at Yass, New South Wales and ordained after study at St Patrick's Seminary, Manly. Writing under the pseudonym "John O'Brien" Hartigan's verse celebrated the lives and mores of the outback pastoral folk he ministered as a peripatetic curate to the southern New South Wales and Riverina towns of Thurgoona, Berrigan and Narrandera, in the first two decades of the 20th century. His poetry was very popular in Australia and was well received in Ireland and the United States.

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  • Garry Sharp (11/14/2013 1:00:00 AM)

    Lorna, 'Aussie English' was not by this John O'Brien. This John O'Brien was the pen name adopted by Fr Patrick J Hartigan, a Catholic Priest based around Albury, NSW then Narrandera. In 1911 he was called to a hut near Khancoban to give the last rites to Jack Riley, the man on whom Banjo Paterson based his 'Man From Snowy River'! The author of the book to which you referred wrote under the pen-name on Niño Collutta (?)

  • Lorna Wollaston (3/21/2008 4:10:00 PM)

    When I had the pleasure of visiting Melbourne for 3 months in 1969, I came across a book called 'Aussie English' by our John O'Brien. I copied 'Bloody' directly out of the book but the version you have here differs somewhat. I never could get a copy of the book as I had to come home to the U.S. By the way, I love it!

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