John O'Brien

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

Comments about John O'Brien

  • Rookie - 21 Points 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 (?)

    6 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Rookie 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!

The Meeting

They hadn't met for fifty years, or was it fifty-one ?
They'd parted when their ship arrived their separate ways to run.
The old Baptismal Register back home in County Clare
Held both their names in faded ink, the same day written there.
Together in the parish school they conned the ABC,
Together, too, they went along to join the seminary.
Together in their long white albs with new-anointed hands
They took the yoke and sailed away to work in foreign lands;
Nor did they meet again

[Hata Bildir]