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William D.P. O'Brien

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William Daniel Patrick O'Brien or (W.D.P. O'Brien) was born in Killaloe, County Clare in 1847.

He went with his parents to Australia when he was about 3 years of age.  He developed a significant interest in the search for gold as a young man and travelled to Bendigo, Eldorado, Forbes and New Zealand, but still had not found his fortune.  Eventually he heard of the excitement caused by promising finds in Adelong and returned to New South Wales.  He worked on the Gibraltar reef with some friends but had to travel to Queensland to raise the funds to realise the value of the Gibraltar find.  Eventually he struck it rich and became part owner and manager of the mine.  He encouraged investment from other partners and this reef proved to be the most important and productive of the Adelong field.  He managed this sucessfully for English investors.  He bought the Rosebank Estate, Gilmore and the Commercial Hotel in Tumut and also established the Rosebank Butter and Bacon-curing factory.  He introduced attractive ornamental trees to the town of Tumut.

A hall was established known as O'Briens Hall and he erected a chapel in the church in Tumut to the memory of two of his sons.

His family were:

Orlando Thomas Lockyer O'Brien served in WW1 and was killed in action in Belgium in 1917.  Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

Assal John O'Brien served with the 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment in WW1 and died in Palestine just before the end of the war in 1918.

He was married to Lelia Olga O'Brien

Daughter Phillipa O'Brien married John William Molony - their family were William, Orlando Patrick, Agnes, Imelda, Phillipa, 

Richard O'Brien 

William O'Brien

Thomas O'Brien 

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