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Daniel OConnell
Daniel OConnell

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Commemorates Irish patriot, Daniel O`Connell (1775-1847) who was also known as The Liberator.

He was the first Irish nationalist leader elected to the House of Commons, creating social reforms that helped the emancipation and recognition of Catholicism by the British Government.


Address:Gisborne Street & Cathedral Place , St. Patrick`s Cathedral, East Melbourne, 3002
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.80993
Long: 144.975973
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Monument Designer:Thomas Brock


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 30th May, 1891
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The leading Irish stateman and Catholic Parliamentarian of his day, O`Connell was the founder of the Catholic Association, a mass movement which promoted universal human rights and social justice, exclusively by political means and non-violent action.  He led the struggle to pass the Emancipation Act of 1829 by which the British parliament finally repealed the remnants of the terrible penal laws against Catholics and re-established the basis for the civil and religious rights throughout the British EMpire.

This statue is the work of Thomas Brock A.R.A., was accepted in trust by Archbishop Carr for the citizens of Melbourne, on 14th May 1891.   It was restored in 1998.

This plaque was unveiled by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, on 6th September 1998 to reaffirm the historic links between Australia and Ireland.

Source: MA,VMR
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