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Cornelius Moynihan

Cornelius Moynihan,
Con, born 11 June 1859, near Killarney, Co.Kerry,
descendant of the poet Aodhagán Ó Rathaille,
emigrated to Brisbane, Australia with parents in 1869,
lived Brisbane,
he was a published poet, with pen name "Vivian",
from 1883 to his death 1915 he was Assistant Librarian at the Parliamentary Library, Brisbane,

think he lived in the old family home Oakvale, Ascot, Brisbane all his life,
reported father's death 1896, Cornelius was then living "Near Racecourse, Eagle Junction" in Brisbane,
think this is a reference to Oakvale, even though Eagle Junction (see map) is a bit to the NW,
he was definitely living in Oakvale around 1900 [ADB], this says that he was living with Penton (as their landlord) "for five years about 1900", and classified ad of 1902 shows this was at "Oakvale",
living in "Oakvale" at least 1911 to death 1915 [newspaper items],
died unmarried, 14 Nov 1915, age 56 yrs,
died of pulmonary haemorrhage from tuberculosis, while swimming in the sea at Sandgate, Brisbane,
bur 15 Nov 1915, Nudgee cemetery, Brisbane, (todo) see entry in burial register, book 16, p.299,
tributes were paid to him in Queensland parliament on 16 Nov 1915.

His works:

Obituary of Cornelius Moynihan, p.11 of The Brisbane Courier, 15 Nov 1915.
See identical item on p.16 of The Queenslander, 20 November 1915.
See different item on p.28 of The Freeman's Journal (Sydney), 18 November 1915.

Obituary of Cornelius Moynihan, p.28 of The Catholic Press (Sydney), 25 November 1915.

Possible natural son

Cornelius Moynihan did not marry, but was said to have had a son.

Notice about Cornelius Moynihan's will after his death.
Asks for both Stephen Leslie McCormack and Mrs. Reginald Penton to get in touch.
From p.5 of The Brisbane Courier, 8 December 1915.


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