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Denis David Kearney (1823–1872)

It is our painful duty to have to record the demise of one of the warmest-hearted Irishmen that ever settled in Australia. The late Mr. [Denis] Kearney was a good type of that class of his countrymen, who unite shrewdness with enthusiasm and the practical discharge of every-day duty, without prejudice to the more sacred, obligations of patriotism. There has not been a movement for the amelioration of Irishmen, or the advancement of the national cause, whether 'Celtic Society' or 'National League' during the last quarter of a century, with which Mr. Kearney has not been identified. We know with what willingness he threw his house — the "Brougham Tavern," Pitt Street — open to the committee of the Gavan Duffy Qualification Fund, and how hard he worked to bring the affair — as it was brought — to a successful termination. Subsequently, in the Colonnade Hotel, he frequently gathered together numbers of his countrymen, to consider matters bearing on the cause of his native land. Although his death will cause a wide-spread regret amongst all who best knew him, it is a satisfaction to know that he lived long enough to see the excellent education he gave his children bear fruit. His last remains were followed to the grave Petersham Cemetery, yesterday, by a large concourse of sorrowful relatives and friends. We cannot close these remarks without expressing our sympathy with those who must keenly feel the loss created by the death of this genuine Irishman, and worthy citizen of Sydney.

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'Kearney, Denis David (1823–1872)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 July 2024.

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  • Carney, Denis David

Clare, Ireland


6 March, 1872 (aged ~ 49)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

liver dysfunction

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