Michael O'Connor (Australian bishop)

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Michael O'Connor (4 October 1829 – 14 February 1883), was the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Ballarat {located in Victoria (Australia)}.[1]

O'Connor was born in Dublin, Ireland and educated at Maynooth and was a Dunboyne Scholarship Student, at Maynooth he won numerous honours.[2] Taking holy orders, he was appointed parish priest of Rathfarnham, Dublin. In 1875, he was appointed first Roman Catholic Bishop of Ballarat in Victoria, being installed in the cathedral of that city by Archbishop Goold on 20 November of that year. The Bishop died on 14 February 1883.[2]


  1. ^ Griffin, James. "O'Connor, Michael (1829–1883)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to O'Connor, Right Rev. Michael". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource