Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Our Breslin Family

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Our Breslin Family

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Part 2:

FOLLOWING on from last week's story about Cornelius Connell Breslin and family; Cornelius' brother, Patrick Breslin, came to Gladstone in 1871 after immigrating from Donegal, Ireland on the 'Indus'.

He was also a well-known personality in the early days of Gladstone and assisted Cornelius in running Breslin's store.

Some days he would ride on horseback as far as Calliope, collecting orders for the store.

He also worked tirelessly for the community and became Mayor of the town in 1905 and 1915.

Patrick married Annie Hawe in 1879, and they had a family of ten children, who will be remembered for the vital roles they played in the growth of early Gladstone.

They were Sarah Jane, Mary Lauretta, Alice Magdalene, Frances Angela, Edward Matthew, Annie Gabriella, Lucy May, Leo Cornelius, Vincent Patrick and Julien Maturin.

Sons: Vincent Patrick worked as assistant Town Clerk to Roy Grayson in the Gladstone Town Council, and was acting Town Clerk during World War 2; Leo and Julien both worked in the Post Office.

Daughters: Alice was a school teacher for the whole of her working life; Lucy, like her brother, Julien, was a capable musician and taught music in her early days; Angela and Mary were also teachers, while sister Nan (Annie Gabriella) was a trained nurse. She married Richard O'Brien.

Patrick and Annie's eldest son, Edward Matthew, was mayor of the town for 12 years.

Born in 1888, he was their fifth child.

Edward was a pupil of Gladstone State School, and later attended St Joseph's College, Nudgee, where he gained many successes, both at school and at sport.

He was first employed with Port Curtis Cooperative Dairy Association, where he rose to the position of manager of the Gladstone factory.

Later he entered the railway service, being one of the first drivers on the Many Peaks line.

Transferred north, he quickly made his name in local authority affairs and was elected chairman of the Woothakata Shire Council (Mareeba). …

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