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Cavanagh, Patrick (1832–1914)

The funeral obsequies of the late Mr. Patrick Cavanagh, whose death was recorded in our last issue, took place just as we were preparing that issue for press. The remains were brought from his late residence at Mulligan's Flat, Gininderra, into Queanbeyan for interment in the Roman Catholic portion of the local general cemetery. It was encoffined in costly cedar heavily mounted with silver, the breastplate containing the usual legendary particulars, the deceased's age being given as 82 years, and conveyed in a hearse, the Messrs. O'Rourke Bros. having charge of the funeral arrangements. As showing unmistakably the general respect in which the deceased gentleman was held by his neighbours from far and near out Gininderra way, the cortege following the remains to their last earthly resting-place was probably the largest ever known from those parts. Its first destination was to St. Gregory's Church, Queanbeyan, whence, after the customary prayers had been recited there, it was conveyed to the cemetery. On leaving the church, the already large procession was further augmented, members of St. Gregory's Branch of H. C. Guild preceding the hearse and also acting as pall-bearers. and additional vehicles, and persons on horse back and afoot falling in. Here the funeral procession was probably one of the largest of the kind ever witnessed in Queanbeyan. The Rev. Father Hogan was the officiating priest at the graveside.

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'Cavanagh, Patrick (1832–1914)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 30 January 2020.

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May 1914
Ginninderra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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