Kevin O’Doherty

Kevin O’Doherty (1823 – 1905) convict, doctor, politician
Kevin Izod O’Doherty, was born on 7 September 1823 in Dublin and baptized two weeks later at the Roman Catholic Church of St Andrew. He began to study in the Catholic School of Medicine in 1842 but in May 1848 became involved with the Young Ireland movement and as co-editor of the nationalist Tribune was sentenced to transportation for treason-felony at Dublin in August. He was one of the first presidents of the Queensland Medical Society and carried out extensive honorary work at Catholic hospitals.

O’Doherty was born in Dublin on 7 September 1823, although other sources indicate that he may have been born in June 1824 and Charles Gavan Duffy, in his My Life in Two Hemispheres, states that O’Doherty was still under age when he was arrested in July 1848. Gavan Duffy, however, was writing 50 years later. O’Doherty received a good education and studied medicine, but before he was qualified, joined the Young Ireland party and in June 1848, together with Richard D’Alton Williams, established the Irish Tribune. Only five editions were issued, and on 10 July 1848, O’Doherty was arrested and charged with treason-felony. At the first and second trials the juries disagreed, but at the third trial he was found guilty and sentenced to transportation for 10 years.

He arrived in Tasmania in November 1849, was at once released on parole to reside at Oatlands, and in 1854 received a pardon with the condition that he must not reside in Great Britain or Ireland. He went to Paris and carried on his medical studies, making one secret visit to Ireland to marry Mary Eva Kelly, to whom he was affianced before leaving Ireland. He received an unconditional pardon in 1856, and completed his studies in Dublin, graduating FRCS in 1857. He practised in Dublin successfully, and in 1862 went to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and became well-known as one of its leading physicians.

He was elected a member of the legislative assembly in 1867, in 1872 was responsible for a health act being passed, and was also one of the early opponents of the traffic in kanakas. In 1877 he transferred to the legislative council, and in 1885 resigned as he intended to settle in Europe.

In Ireland he was cordially welcomed, and was returned unopposed as Irish Parliamentary Party MP for North Meath to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in the November 1885 general election; but finding the climate did not suit him he did not seek reelection in 1886, and returned to Brisbane in that year. He attempted to take up his medical practice again but was not successful, and he died in poor circumstances on 15 July 1905.

His wife and a daughter survived him. A fund was raised by public subscription to provide for his widow, Mary Anne (1826 – 1910), a poet, who in her early days was well known as the author of Irish patriotic verse in The Nation under the soubriqet “Eva”. In Australia she occasionally contributed to Queensland journals, and one of her poems is included in A Book of Queensland Verse.  She died at Brisbane on 21 May 1910.
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Izod_O’Doherty

Further information on Kevin O’Doherty

Australian Dictionary of Biography : Kevin Izod O’Doherty
Kevin Izod O’Doherty (1823-1905), Irish nationalist and medical practitioner, was born on 7 September 1823 in Dublin and baptized two weeks later at the Roman Catholic Church of St Andrew, son of William Dougherty, solicitor, and his wife Ann, née McAvoy. He began to study in the Catholic School of Medicine in 1842 but in May 1848 became involved with the Young Ireland movement and as co-editor of the nationalist Tribune was sentenced to transportation for treason-felony at Dublin in August. He sailed in the Mount Stewart Elphinstone to Sydney and thence in the Emma to Hobart Town, arriving on 31 October 1849. Granted a ticket-of-leave, he was allowed to settle in the Oatlands District. He became manager of the dispensary in Hobart in November 1850 and in January 1851 was acting surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital.

He was one of the first presidents of the Queensland Medical Society and carried out extensive honorary work at Catholic hospitals. A member for Brisbane in the Legislative Assembly in 1867-73, he had wide interests. In 1872 he was responsible for the first Health Act in Queensland and in 1875-77 gave evidence to many commissions on medical matters.
Complete article : http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/odoherty-kevin-izod-4319

Obituary for Kevin Izod O’Doherty, convict Queenslander
http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/info/fh/convicts/qlders/odoherty/obit

Christians Of The Australian Clay
http://australiansaints.blogspot.com/2011/09/l-m-n-o-surname-list.html

Convicts in Australia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convicts_in_Australia

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