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Daniel (Dan) Boyle (1852–1944)

by Chris Cunneen

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Daniel Boyle (1853-1944) shearer, trade unionist

Birth: May 1852 in Ennis, Clare, Ireland, son of Daniel Boyle, farmer, and Anne, née Moriarty. Marriage: 21 November 1899 in St Bridget’s Church, Longreach, Queensland, to Bridget O’Farrell (1867-1909), dressmaker, also born in Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Death: 30 June 1944 at Longreach, Queensland. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Came to Australia at the age of 22 and arrived in Longreach district about 1884. Took an active part in the Labour movement. Joined the Australian Workers’ Union in 1886 and was continuously a member of the union for approximately 58 years.
  • Received a loyalty ticket dated 15 June 1891, which stated that he had “proved loyal and true to the cause of unionism during the Bush lockout of 1891”,
  • Was almost blind and an invalid in his last eight years.
  • Identified himself with the Hibernian Australian Catholic Benefit Society, first at Barcaldine and later at Longreach where he was a foundation member of the St John’s branch of the society.
  • Cause of death: diabetes mellitus.

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Chris Cunneen, 'Boyle, Daniel (Dan) (1852–1944)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 July 2024.

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May, 1852
Ennis, Clare, Ireland


30 June, 1944 (aged 92)
Longreach, Queensland, Australia

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