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Peter Joseph O'Donnell (1873–1923)

The unexpected death of Mr. Peter Joseph O'Donnell, of North Sydney, which occurred on Sunday morning, after a brief illness, at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, evoked much sympathy in legal and sporting circles. The late Mr. O'Donnoll, who was but 50 years of age, was a solicitor of 26 years' standing, and prior to that was widely-known in the athletic field. The body was taken to St. Francis' Xavier's Church, Lavender Bay, where a Requiem Mass was celebrated on Tuesday morning by Rev. Father R. J. Murphy, S.J., in the presence of a large assemblage of relatives and friends. The funeral obsequies were conducted by the Very Rev. Father J. O'Dwyer, S.J. (Rector of Riverview College), assisted by the Rev. Father F. X. O'Brien, S.J. (Rector of St. Aloysius' College), J. Walsh, S.J., E. Corish, S.J., H. E. Cock, S.J., and Rev. Dr. Pigot, S.J. Mr. O'Donnell, who was educated at St. Ignatius' College, Riverview, was a noted athlete in the spheres of swimming, running, and football — in all of which he achieved championship status — and had the distinction of winning the first all schools' athletic championship of Australasia, held at the Sydney Sports Ground. In later years he became a skilled horticulturist, and was a successful exhibitor of roses and carnations at several horticultural shows. The funeral, which was a most representative one, took place at Waverley Cemetery, and genuine sorrow was expressed on all sides at the suddenness of Mr. O'Donnell's demise. Among those present at the funeral and Requiem Mass were Mrs. O'Donnell (widow), P. J., Kevin and Frank O'Donnell (sons), Misses Josephine and Lorna O'Donnell (daughters), Ignatius and John O'Donnell (brothers), Mrs. Duggan. Mrs. Neidhardt, Miss Mellin, Mrs. J. O 'Donnell, and Mrs. I. C. O 'Donnell (sisters in-law, Miss Charters (cousin), Miss Witcombe, Drs. Curtis and M. Veech, Rev. Father J. Milne Curran, Messrs. W. T. Coyle, K.C., J. J. Carroll, Geo. Bryant, Frank Coffey, J. M. Taylor, Geo. Crowley, Cecil Murphy, M.L.A., C. B. Kearney, W. Bergin, J. A. Flynn, M. J. Quirk, Kevin Crowley, R. Abbott, W. H. P. Cherry, W. A. O'Donnell, E. M. Byrnes, G. Barlow, J. Henderson (Rugby Union), J. Spora, G. S. Creagh, F. W. Tierney. R. Carty, A. McDonnell, M. B. Punch, J. B. Frawley, J. G. Leary, R. Riley, Fred Leston, J. V. Connolly, H. P. Abbott and many friends in college and sporting circles. — R.I.P.

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'O'Donnell, Peter Joseph (1873–1923)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 June 2024.

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20 February, 1873
Hillston, New South Wales, Australia


1923 (aged ~ 49)
North Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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