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John James O'Hara Wood (1863–1920)

Deep regret was expressed in legal and business circles yesterday when the death of Mr. John James O'Hara Wood was announced in the city. Mr. O'Hara Wood, who was 57 years of age, died after an operation at his home, Lansdowne street, East St. Kilda. He was a native of Queensland, and received his first schooling at the Brisbane Grammar School. Coming to Melbourne at an early age, he went to Trinity College, and after winning the Perry Scholarship commenced the study of law at the Melbourne University. He was admitted to the Bar in 1888; but his first actual experience with the law was as associate to the late Mr. Justice Harding, of Queensland. Returning to Victoria, he built up a large practice, but after the departure of his two sons for the front early in the war he did not give close attention to his profession. He leaves a widow, who is a daughter of the late Sir Edward Holroyd. She and her daughter are at present on the way from England on the S.S. Euripides. One son, Major Arthur O'Hara Wood, a champion tennis player, was killed with the air forces at the front a few days before the signing of the armistice. Mr. Pat O'Hara Wood, another son, attained the rank of captain with the A.I.F.

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  • Dee, R.K.

13 May, 1863
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


1920 (aged ~ 56)
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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