Patrick Joseph Twomey

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Patrick Joseph Twomey MBE (22 February 1892 – 1963) was a New Zealand Marist brother, meter reader and leprosy fund-raiser. He was born in Wellington on 22 February 1892.[1]

Twomey devoted most of life in service of lepers and sufferers of tropical diseases in the South West Pacific. He was a member of the Leper Trust Board, and served as its secretary from 1942 until his death in 1963.[1] He also served as a member of the Home Guard during World War II.

In the 1947 New Year Honours Twomey was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire.[2] He was also awarded the Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur by the French in 1956. Twomey died in Suva on 1 August 1963.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Laracy, Hugh. "Patrick Joseph Twomey". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "(Supplement) no. 37836". The London Gazette. 1 January 1947. p. 32. Retrieved 8 March 2015.