People in Australia


An early book by James Francis Hogan on The Irish in Australia, published in 1888 and probably the first of its kind, may be found at:

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OConnor, Jim – Tungamah, Victoria, formerly Port Macquarie

Jim’s works on various family items are already listed within the publications section.

Jim’s mother was an OLoughlin, and he is descended from a family of five children who each emigrated from the Ennistymon district of County Clare, during the middle of the 19th century. Between 1854 and 1857 John, Michael, Thomas, Austin and Mary OLoughlin left Ennistymon for Australia. A number of those OLoughlins later residedat Dunnstown, Ballarat, Victoria which was the location for various OLoughlin reunions organized by Lyn and Brian OLoughlin of Melbourne from 1981 onwards.

The parents of those five family members were Michael OLoughlin and Anne Mulquinny, parish of Ennistymon, County Clare.

Jim arrived in County Clare during the autumn of 1998 and spent eight weeks on both archival and field work, which involved visiting many North Clare cemeteries. Later Jim compressed all this research into four volumes:

  • Volume one describes his journey from Australia to Ireland providing his many impressions of contrasts and similarities between those two countries.
  • Volume two provides discussion on various OLoughlin families, which were revealed during those eight weeks.
  • Volume three provides a focus on Birth and Marriage records
  • Volume four looks at school records, cemetery records and workhouse records.

Jim also provided much encouragement and inspiration to other researchers as well those organizing various gatherings and reunions.


O’Loghlin families of Kyancutta. The 100 year reunion and clan family heritage in the Kyancutta district;

O’Loghlen, Sir Colman Michael  (1916-2014)

Sir Colman Michael O’Loghlen, World War Two veteran, Baronet and a Justice of the National Court of Papua New Guinea, died peacefully, at the age of 97, in Brisbane on 6 March 2014.

Born in Melbourne on 6 April 1916, Sir Colman was the grandson of Sir Bryan O’Loghlen, QC, Attorney-General and Premier of Victoria.

Sir Colman descended from a long line of lawyers. The first Baronet, Sir Michael O’Loghlen, QC, was the first Catholic to hold judicial office in the United Kingdom. His granduncle, Colman O’Loghlen, QC, practised in Ireland. Sir Colman’s eldest son, Michael, is also a Queen’s Counsel in Victoria.

Sir Colman had three siblings: all pre-deceased him. Ross, his elder brother, a Flying Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, was executed whilst a prisoner of war.

Sir Colman was educated at Xavier College, Melbourne. He completed secondary school in 1931 at the age of 15. In 1938, after completing his law degree at University of Melbourne, was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in Victoria. In early 1941, Sir Colman was appointed to manage the Law practice of J.I. Cromie in Wau, in the goldfields of New Guinea.

In January 1942, the Japanese invaded New Guinea. Sir Colman remained in New Guinea, as a Lieutenant with the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles (NGVR).

In June 1942, the NGVR, reinforced with two Companies of Australian Commandos, raided the 3,000 strong Japanese Garrison in Salamaua. Lieutenant O’Loghlen led one of sections that inflicted substantial damage and casualties. This was the first time any allied force in the south west Pacific area had initiated any counter action against the Japanese. During the raid, vital documents were captured which gave the allies warning of planned Japanese landings at Milne Bay.

Following the raid on Salamaua, Sir Colman with other NGVR members withdrew to a position located at Mubo. In September 1942, the Japanese attacked this position in strength and were repulsed, inflicting heavy casualties on the attacking force.

Captain O’Loghlen then transferred to the Australia New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU). He was deployed with forward infantry units on the Torricelli line of advance, which saw heavy casualty rates on both sides. One of Sir Colman’s stories deals with the liberation of some Indian Prisoners of War: quoting Sir Colman “I was given orders to take a party up the Driniumor River, to see if I could find a group of Indians who were being chased by the Japanese.

Several hours up the river we came upon a group of Indians rounding a corner. I was leading at the time and an Indian Warrant Officer, thin as a rake who hadn’t eaten anything except grass for days, came up to me and gave me the most magnificent salute I have ever seen. However there were possibly Japanese about and I told him “For goodness sake! Please don’t salute again”. Then another few came around the comer – five in all, and when sighting an officer, also saluted magnificently. They were all as thin as rakes with their ribs and bones just sticking out everywhere from being starved. They had been captured in Singapore and sent to New Guinea as slave labour.”

Sir Colman succeeded to the title as the sixth Baronet of Drumconora (County Clare) upon the death of his uncle Charles in 1951. In 1954, he was appointed a Stipendiary Magistrate in the then Territory of Papua and New Guinea, first centred in Lae and later Rabaul. From time to time, after 1957, he served as an acting judge of the Supreme Court.

After retirement, Sir Colman returned to Papua New Guinea in 1968, as acting Chief Land Titles Commissioner and in 1969 as an acting Judge of the Supreme Court. On Independence Day, he was made a Judge of the National Court and was one of PNG’s inaugural judges.

Sir Colman’s wife, Lady Margaret, passed away in April 2010. Sir Colman is survived by his eight children, twenty five grandchildren, two step grandchildren and many great grandchildren.


O’Loughlin, Laurence Theodore (1854–1927).

Laurence Theodore O'Loughlin (1854-1927), by unknown photographer, c1895 State Library of South Australia, SLSA: B 6234

Laurence Theodore O’Loughlin (1854-1927), by unknown photographer, c1895
State Library of South Australia, SLSA: B 6234

Laurence O’Loughlin (1854-1927), farmer and politician, was born on 14 January 1854 at Peachy Belt, Virginia, near Adelaide, eldest child of Cornelius O’Loughlin, farmer and stonemason, and his wife Anne, née Barry, Irish migrants. On 15 August 1885 he married Frances Morris, tailoress, in St Patrick’s Church, Adelaide; they had four daughters and nine sons. They moved to Booleroo Centre and, in 1906, to the Pinnaroo district.

O’Loughlin represented farmers in the House of Assembly for northern constituenc[ies] from 1890 until … 1918. In 1894-96 he was government whip. He was commissioner of crown lands in … [various] Liberal governments. He held various other portfolios in 1905-10: agriculture, immigration, Northern Territory, public works and water supply.

In 1912-15 he was Speaker of the assembly. But it was in his administration of land policy that O’Loughlin was most notable. After standing as a candidate of the Farmers and Settlers’ Association in 1918, he lost his seat and next year became chairman of the Wheat Board.

O’Loghlin, James Vincent (1852–1925)

James Vincent O'Loghlin (1852-1925), by Vandyck Studios, 1910s National Library of Australia, nla.pic-an23381701

James Vincent O’Loghlin (1852-1925), by Vandyck Studios, 1910s
National Library of Australia, nla.pic-an23381701

James Vincent O’Loghlin (1852-1925), journalist and politician, was born on 25 November 1852 at Gumeracha, South Australia, son of James O’Loghlin, a farmer who arrived in South Australia from Clare, Ireland in 1840, and his wife Susan, née Kennedy. [See photograph on the History page of James’s cottage in Cahercloggane.]

In 1884 he was co-founder of the Terowie Enterprise and North-Eastern Advertiser, and was its managing editor and later sole proprietor until he sold the paper in 1887. In 1889 he was co-founder of the Catholic weekly newspaper, the Southern Cross, and its editor until 1896, remaining managing director and secretary of the Southern Cross Printing and Publishing Co. until his death. On 23 January 1907 he married Blanche Besley, youngest daughter of his former teacher, at Norwood.

In 1888 O’Loghlin was elected to the Legislative Council for the Northern District, and moved to Adelaide next year. He was chief secretary and minister for defence … from March 1896 until 1 December 1899. He then held various seats in both the lower and upper houses for periods to 1923. O’Loghlin was known as an ardent supporter of Home Rule for Ireland.

O’Loghlin had a long involvement with military affairs from 1883: he raised and commanded the Irish Corps, 10th regiment (1901-10), retiring as lieutenant-colonel. At 62, he was the first senator accepted for overseas service and in 1915-17 was a transport officer commanding reinforcements for the Australian Imperial Force, with the temporary rank of lieutenant-colonel. At a farewell dinner given by his parliamentary colleagues in Melbourne, he was reported to have said that ‘if there was a fight on, an Irishman wanted to be in it’.


Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, (MUP), 1988

Note: The political careers of both Laurence and James Vincent were commemorated during the 2010 international Clan reunion, when Ennis Town Council represented by Mayor Tommy Brennan, acknowledged their contributions before Australian descendants of both Laurence and James Vincent on 4th October 2010. Those descendants included Graham OLoghlin, Canberra – grandson of James Vincent; while Frances OLoughlin, Catherine Henningsen, Adelaide; Janine Blenheim, Pam Vaughan and John Miller from Mildura, represented Laurence OLoughlin. Both Laurence and James Vincent attended the Australian Confederation ceremony held at Melbourne on 9th May 1901 and they were also members of the Kingston Ministry which served the citizens of South Australia.

O’Loughlin, Thomas James  (c. 1866-1929)

For someone who was created a Privy Chamberlain by the Roman Catholic Church, it is surprising little information is available on Thomas James O’Loughlin.  The Argus obituary reveals some details.  It notes that he

… took a leading part in the reception of Cardinal Cerretti who visited Australia as Papal Legate to the Eucharistic Congress in Sydney.  In recognition of this role and his generous benefactions to the Roman Catholic Church, he was created a domestic Privy Chamberlain to Pope Pius XI.

The Australian colonies in th e19th century

The Australian colonies in the 19th century

On his wedding day in 1911 in Kilkenny, Ireland, he was created a Count of Rome by Pope Pius X; his benefactions to Catholic undertakings and charities was said to have exceeded £100,000. It is believed O’Loughlin donated a considerable amount towards the purchase of the Kew mansion Raheen in September 1917.

On his death on 21 June 1929, Monsignor Lonergan said “there was scarcely a Catholic Institution in Australia that was not in some way or other indebted to him”. O’Loughlin resided at Tara Hall – 38 Hawthorn Grove, Hawthorn; his funeral service was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Count Thomas James O’Loughlin and his wife Kathleen travelled to Ireland on the ‘Orsavo’ orient line travelling from Melbourne Australia to London England arriving on 21 June 1913 before sailing on to Ireland. They travelled with a daughter also Kathleen and a nanny called Delian Mescall. They travelled first class as you would expect.

St Johns church, Kilkenny

St Johns church, Kilkenny

The family also travelled from Melbourne to Ireland again in May 1920 via London England on Red Funnel line. This time the family was complete and they had five daughters – Kathleen aged seven, Margaret aged six, Helen aged four, Agatha aged two and Dorothy aged one. They travelled 1st Class yet again and Thomas was now 54 and his wife 39.  His occupation was noted as a Grazier.

Thomas founded the O’Loughlin Memorial Church in Kilkenny, Ireland, in memory of his Kinsman, Mr. J O’Loughlin of Ballarat, and he was married in that church in 1911 to a daughter of Mr. J Murphy, of Ballybur Castle, County Kilkenny. Mrs. O’Loughlin died several months before Thomas.

[From information kindly supplied by Brian O’Loughlin in Melbourne and Claire O’Loughlin; see also the blog post>; historic house in Victoria ; and Kilkenny church ]

Patrick Joseph O'Loughlin WW1 enlistment document. Click to enlarge

Patrick Joseph O’Loughlin WW1 enlistment document. Click to enlarge

O’Loughlin, Patrick Joseph  (1888-1917)

Patrick, originally from County Clare, enlisted at Dubbo in New South Wales to support the Australian war effort.

He saw service at Gallipoli and his company withdrew to Egypt, before heading for France.

Patrick was killed at Ypres, 18 September 1917 and is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.

From the Clare County Library:

Local background:
O’Loughlin, Patrick Joseph
3rd Battalion Australian Imperial Forces
From Corkscrew Hill, Ballyvaughan, Clare.
18thSeptember 1917
 [Thanks to Bob OLoughlin (Queensland, Australia) and the Clare County Library]

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