Kevin Izod O'Doherty

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Dr Kevin O'Doherty
Portrait of Doctor Kevin Izod ODoherty.jpg
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Town of Brisbane
In office
22 June 1867 – 14 November 1873
Preceded byWilliam Brookes
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Council
In office
12 May 1877 – 4 November 1885
Member of the British House of the Commons
for North Meath
In office
27 November 1885 – 7 July 1886
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byPierce Mahony
Personal details
Kevin Izod O'Doherty

(1823-09-07)7 September 1823
Dublin, Ireland
Died15 July 1905(1905-07-15) (aged 81)
Brisbane, Australia
Resting placeToowong Cemetery
NationalityIrish Australian
Spouse(s)Mary Anne Kelly (m.1855 d.1910)
Alma materRoyal College of Surgeons in Ireland
OccupationSurgeon, Journalist
Known forThe Irish Patriot

Kevin Izod O'Doherty (7 September 1823 – 15 July 1905) was an Irish Australian politician. He was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.


O'Doherty was born in Dublin on 7 September 1823,[1] although other sources including the Dictionary of Australasian Biography indicate he was born in June 1824.[2] 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; however, Gavan Duffy 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, the first being on 10 June 1848.[2] On 10 July 1848, when the fifth edition was issued, O'Doherty was arrested and charged with treason-felony.[2] 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.[2]

O'Doherty arrived in Tasmania in November 1849, was at once released on parole to reside at Oatlands,[1] and his professional services were utilised at St. Mary's Hospital, Hobart.[2] The other Irish prisoners nicknamed him 'St Kevin'.[3](see, Christine Kinealy, 'Repeal and Revolution. 1848 in Ireland', Manchester, 2009). In 1854 received a pardon with the condition that he must not reside in Great Britain or Ireland.[2] 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, Australia and became well known as one of its leading physicians.[4]

Kevin Izod O'Doherty

O'Doherty was elected a member of the Queensland 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 Queensland Legislative Council,[2] and in 1885 resigned as he intended to settle in Europe.

In Ireland O'Doherty was cordially welcomed, and was returned unopposed as Irish Parliamentary Party MP for North Meath[5] 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 re-election 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.[6]

See also[edit]

Books by Young Irelanders (Irish Confederation)[edit]

  • An Apology for the British Government in Ireland, John Mitchel, O'Donoghue & Company 1905, 96 pages
  • Jail Journal: Commenced on Board the "Shearwater" Steamer, in Dublin Bay ..., John Mitchel, M. H. Gill & Sons, Ltd 1914, 463 pages
  • Jail Journal: with continuation in New York & Paris, John Mitchel, M. H. Gill & Son, Ltd
  • The Crusade of the Period, John Mitchel, Lynch, Cole & Meehan 1873
  • History of Ireland, from the Treaty of Limerick to the Present Time, John Mitchel, Cameron & Ferguson
  • History of Ireland, from the Treaty of Limerick to the Present Time (2 vols.), John Mitchel, James Duffy 1869
  • Life of Hugh O'Neil John Mitchel, P. M. Haverty 1868
  • The Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps), John Mitchel (Glasgow, 1876 – reprinted University College Dublin Press, 2005, ISBN 9781904558361)
  • The Felon's Track, Michael Doheny, M. H. Gill & Sons, Ltd 1951 (Text at Project Gutenberg)
  • The Volunteers of 1782, Thomas Mac Nevin, James Duffy & Sons. Centenary Edition
  • Thomas Davis, Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, Ltd 1890
  • My Life In Two Hemispheres (2 vols.), Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, T. Fisher Unwin. 1898
  • Young Ireland, Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co 1880
  • Four Years of Irish History 1845–1849, Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. 1888
  • A Popular History of Ireland: From the Earliest Period to the Emancipation of the Catholics, Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Cameron & Ferguson (Text at Project Gutenberg)
  • The Patriot Parliament of 1689 (Third Edition), Thomas Davis, T. Fisher Unwin, MDCCCXCIII
  • Charles Gavan Duffy: Conversations with Carlyle (1892)
  • Davis, Poem’s and Essays Complete, introduction by John Mitchel, P. M. Haverty, P.J. Kenedy, 9/5 Barclay St. New York, 1876.

Further reading[edit]

The grave of Kevin and Mary O'Doherty at Brisbane's Toowong Cemetery.
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Kevin Izod O'Doherty Monument 1.JPG
  • The Politics of Irish Literature: from Thomas Davis to W. B. Yeats, Malcolm Brown, Allen & Unwin, 1973[7]
  • John Mitchel, A Cause Too Many, Aidan Hegarty, Camlane Press.
  • Thomas Davis, The Thinker and Teacher, Arthur Griffith, M. H. Gill & Sons Ltd., 1922.
  • Brigadier-General Thomas Francis Meagher: His Political and Military Career, W. F. Lyons, Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1869
  • Young Ireland and 1848, Denis Gwynn, Cork University Press, 1949
  • 'Repeal and Revolution. 1848 in Ireland', Christine Kinealy, Manchester, 2009
  • Daniel O'Connell – The Irish Liberator, Denis Gwynn, Hutchinson & Co, Ltd.
  • O'Connell, Davis and the Colleges Bill, Denis Gwynn, Cork University Press, 1948
  • Smith O’Brien And The "Secession", Denis Gwynn, Cork University Press
  • Meagher of The Sword, Edited By Arthur Griffith, M. H. Gill & Sons, Ltd., 1916
  • Young Irelander Abroad – The Diary of Charles Hart, Edited by Brendan O'Cathaoir, University Press.
  • John Mitchel – First Felon for Ireland, Edited By Brian O'Higgins, 1947
  • Rossa's Recollections – 1838 to 1898 (intro by Sean O'Luing), The Lyons Press, 2004
  • Labour in Ireland, James Connolly, Fleet Street, 1910
  • The Re-Conquest of Ireland, James Connolly, Fleet Street, 1915
  • John Mitchel – Noted Irish Lives, Louis J. Walsh, The Talbot Press Ltd., 1934
  • Thomas Davis: Essays and Poems, Centenary Memoir, M. H. Gill & Sons, Ltd., 1945
  • Life of John Martin, P. A. Sillard, James Duffy & Co., Ltd., 1901
  • Life of John Mitchel, P. A. Sillard, James Duffy and Co., Ltd., 1908
  • John Mitchel, P. S. O'Hegarty, Maunsel & Company, Ltd., 1917.
  • The Fenians in Context: Irish Politics & Society 1848-82, R. V. Comerford, Wolfhound Press, 1998
  • William Smith O'Brien and the Young Ireland Rebellion of 1848, Robert Sloan, Four Courts Press, 2000
  • Irish Mitchel, Seamus MacCall, Thomas Nelson and Sons, Ltd., 1938.
  • Ireland Her Own, T. A. Jackson, Lawrence & Wishart, Ltd., 1976.
  • Life and Times of Daniel O'Connell, T. C. Luby, Cameron & Ferguson Publ.
  • Young Ireland, T. F. O'Sullivan, The Kerryman, Ltd., 1945.
  • Irish Rebel: John Devoy and America's Fight for Irish Freedom, Terry Golway, St. Martin's Griffin, 1998
  • Paddy's Lament – Ireland 1846-1847, Prelude to Hatred, Thomas Gallagher, Poolbeg, 1994
  • The Great Shame, Thomas Keneally, Anchor Books, 1999
  • James Fintan Lalor, Thomas P. O'Neill, Golden Publications, 2003
  • Charles Gavan Duffy: Conversations With Carlyle (1892), with Introduction (Stray Thoughts On Young Ireland) by Brendan Clifford, Athol Books, Belfast, ISBN 0-85034-114-0 (p. 32 titled Foster's account Of Young Ireland)
  • Envoi, Taking Leave Of Roy Foster, by Brendan Clifford and Julianne Herlihy, Aubane Historical Society, Cork.
  • The Falcon Family, or, Young Ireland, by M. W. Savage, London, 1845[8]


  1. ^ a b Rude, G. "O'Doherty, Kevin Izod (1823–1905)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to O'Doherty, Kevin Izod". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  3. ^ (see, Christine Kinealy, 'Repeal and Revolution. 1848 in Ireland', Manchester, 2009)
  4. ^ M. Cusack, Kevin Izod O'Doherty and the Roman Catholic Bishops of Hobart and Brisbane, Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society 22 (2001), 59-70.
  5. ^ THE HOUSE OF COMMONS CONSTITUENCIES BEGINNING WITH "M" Archived 10 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine. — Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  6. ^ "DEATH OF "EVA", OF "THE NATION."". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 24 May 1910. p. 7. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  7. ^ The Politics of Irish Literature by Malcolm Brown (Chapter 1) Archived 7 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine. at
  8. ^ Ireland under coercion at

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Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
William Brookes
Member for Town of Brisbane
Served alongside: Alexander Pritchard, Simon Fraser, Ratcliffe Pring, John Killeen Handy, Theophilus Pugh, George Edmondstone
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member for North Meath
Succeeded by
Pierce Mahony