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A Celtic cross erected by the Catholic community over the grave commemorates Father John Smyth, an Oblate priest who was a victim of the influenza pandemic of 1918. 

Father John Smyth served for nearly 20 years at St Patrick’s in Fremantle and St Anne’s in North Fremantle. In December, 1918, Father Smyth became one of the earliest victims of the influenza pandemic. Already suffering from heart disease, he had little strength with which to fight back. He died on 7 January 1919.

There are now several Oblate priests and O. M.I brothers buried in this grave plot.  O.M.I. stands for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, which is a Roman Catholic religious community.



Address:Carrington Street, Fremantle Cemetery, Catholic Section, Palmyra, 6157
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.051211
Long: 115.783451
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:Disaster
Approx. Event Start Date:December-1918
Approx. Event End Date:January-1919


Front Inscription

Erected by a grateful people to the saintly memory of Rev Father John Smyth, O.M.I. who died at Fremantle 

7th January, 1919

Aged 46 years

Rest in peace

Back Inscription

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Oblate Brothers

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R. I. P.

Source: MA
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