Patrick Smyth

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Patrick Smyth is associated with Ballarat, Victoria located at these coordinates -37.55, 143.85

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Born in County Mayo, Smyth was trained at Maynooth and ordained as a priest in 1852, whereupon he went to Australia. He came to Ballarat as a parish priest early in 1854, and ministered to his mainly Irish flock. In October, Smyth was at the centre of an incident in which his servant was ill-treated and fined for not having a License, an incident which inflamed Catholic feeling. As the crisis developed, Father Smyth was active in trying to calm down feelings on both sides, actively communicating both with the diggers and with Hotham. After the Stockade, he took care of the wounded, including Peter Lalor, and gave character references for many of the men charged with treason. Smyth left Ballarat in 1856 to go to Sydney, and died there of tuberculosis. Father Smyth had a reputation as a peaceful, concerned man, well liked across the goldfields and a leader of the Irish community. His efforts to avoid bloodshed, though unsuccessful, were in the best traditions of the priesthood.

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