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01-June-2016
01-June-2016

Photographs supplied by Father Ted Doncaster

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.

 

Location

Address:Carrington Street, Cemetery, Catholic Section, Fremantle, 6160
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.051667
Long: 115.781111
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Pandemic
Approx. Event Start Date:December-1918
Approx. Event End Date:January- 1919

Dedication

Front Inscription

Erected by a grateful people to the 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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