Patrick O'Neil

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Patrick O'Neil
Born 1826
Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland
Died 4 August 1912
Nationality Irish
Occupation Publican
Years active 1870-1912
Known for Maryville Hotel
Home town Wallace
Spouse(s) Ellen
Children James
  • Bridget (mother)

Patrick O'Neil was a publican in Wallace, Victoria, 1870-1912.

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O'Neil was the publican of the Maryville Hotel at Wallace.[1]

His mother died in October 1899:

The remains of the late Mrs Bridget O'Neill, mother of Mr Patrick O’Neill, of the Maryville hotel, Wallace, Bungaree, were yesterday interred in the Gordon Cemetery. The deceased, who was 96 years of age, was a very old resident of the district. The funeral was nearly a mile long. The coffin-bearers were Messrs P., F., and W. Carroll and J. Linehan. and the pall-bearers Messrs Jas. Hayden, J.P., J. Hogan. P. Bourke, D. Clohesy. P. Malone, T. Kennedy. S. Conroy, and J. O'Donohue. The Rev. Father Rafferty conducted the service at the grave, and Mr Steve Wellington was the undertaker.[2]

His son William died in September 1900:

O'NEILL. - The Friends of Mr Patrick O'Neill are respectfully invited, to follow the remains of his late dearly beloved son, William, to their last resting-place. Gordon Cemetery. The funeral will leave his residence, Maryville Hotel, Wallace, Bungaree. on Tuesday, at 1 p.m.[3]

His wife died in September 1903:

I regret to have to chronicle the death of Mrs Ellen O’Neil, a highly respected resident of Wallace when in conjunction with her husband. Mr Patrick O’Nell, carried on the Maryville hotel there. The deceased lady, who was a native of Castle Iney, county Tipperary, Ireland, came to this State nearly 40 years ago. The greater portion of that time she spent at Wallace. She was over 70 yearns of age at the time of her death.[4]

O'Neil was a great believer in Irish independance, and the local Home Rule committee met at the hotel. He spoke at a presentation in 1906:

Mr P. O’Neill, proprietor of the Maryville Hotel, in speaking, said he. would always do what he could towards, advancing the cause of Home Rule, and when that happy day should dawn on Ireland, it would he his greatest pleasure to share in its celebration by shouting a cask of whisky amongst the boys. (Applause.)[5]

He remained at the hotel until his death in August 1912:

WALLACE. DEATH OF A RESPECTED RESIDENT. One of the oldest and most respected residents of this place, Mr Patrick O'Neil, of the Maryville hotel died here on Sunday morning, at the ripe age of 86 years. Mrs O'Neil predeceased him about nine years ago, and also one son. It must be nearly 50 years since Mr O’Neil built the Maryville hotel, at Wallace, where he resided up to the time of his death. The deceased was universally popular and during, his long stay here helped every good cause with his money. He was an exceptional hotel keeper, in that if his customers showed that they had sufficient drink he refused to serve them, even though they had plenty of money. He originally came from near Nenagh, County of Tipperary, Ireland, and was an ardent Irishman, as he invariably assessed every movement hat had the welfare of Ireland at heart. It was stated that he was very anxious to see Home Rule before he died, but he passed away be fore that great event took place. One son, Mr James O'Neil, survived him with whom the greatest sympathy is felt in his bereavement. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, when his remains will be interred in the Gordon Cemetery.[6]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1880 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 December, p. 3. , viewed 21 Mar 2021,
  2. 1899 'OBITUARY NOTICES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 November, p. 4. , viewed 27 Apr 2018,
  3. 1900 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 September, p. 5. , viewed 27 Apr 2018,
  4. 1903 'GORDON', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 September, p. 6. , viewed 27 Apr 2018,
  5. 1906 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 July, p. 6. , viewed 27 Apr 2018,
  6. 1912 'WALLACE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 August, p. 1. , viewed 26 Apr 2018,

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