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COLONIAL IRISHMEN

Mr Thomas Braoken ("Paddy Murphy I '] writes to the editor of tbe Danedtu "Star":— Sir, — As a colonial Irishman of thirtyfonr years' standing I claim the privilege of making a few oomments on the cable message ia your Issne of this evening, n b, contrlbatlon to the London Press bj Mt Wise, formerly Attoi n«y-Geneial ol New Sooth Wales. The gentleman Id question is evidently fond of making sweeping •Bserttona, and therefore hit statement that "corruption is unknown among colonial politicians" may be taker with a slight pic oh of salt. Those wh< have perused the pages of the New Soutt \s^les--^B*o»»rA**"forilife~pasFaeo(»de 01 so will be inollned to credit Mr Wise witt tbe possession of a.very powerful imagina tion on the subjeot of corruption. As regards his wholesale attack ot colonial Irishmen, it may be attributed; In tbe first plaoe, to a lively reaolleotlor of more than one defeat at the handi of the plass he abuses ; and, secondly, i< 1b not unreasonable to suppose that hie head has beoome turned a little by m'xlng In London society of the Tory-cam- . Unionist sohool Mr Wise is not the first colonial Democrat who has ripened Into a patrician through belug brought into oontaot with what is knows m the ** upper crust" ; and it ie doubtless to please his new patrons thai be now employs his pen m vilifying 8 large section of his fellow-colonists. II those who form the subject of his denunolatlon are the worthless people he represents them to be, bow, m the name oi common sense, is it that Her Majesty has thought fit to cop far distinctions on sc many of them ! Take Viotorla, for example, and we find the following list oi Oolontal Irishmen who have been rewarded for ttulr political or judicial 89rvloes to the land of tholr adoption : — Sir John O'Shacnaiy, Sir Oharlea Gavan Duffy, Sir Charles Maomahon, Sir Bedcnond Barry, Sir W. F. Stawell, Sit Bryan O'Loghlen, Sir Franola Marphy, Ohief Justfoa Hlgiabothsn, snd many others, lathe palmy days "of the Viotorlan Legislature Irishman held leading positions m the Assembly aid Oounoil ; and though there have baeu a f w rows In that Parliament from tlioe to time, I do not remember an instance m whloh my oountrymen were tbe aggressors. Those who are acquainted with the history oi Victoria will bear me out when I assert that colonial Irishmen have In that oolony maintained their own, not alone In politics, but In the learned professions and on the Press. , . ■ ■ . I am not so well posted m the affairs of New South Wales, but I believe 'hat colonial Irishmen have also taken a foremost stand m publio matters there. The fact that the first Australian statesman —the late Bight Hon W. B. Dalley— elevated to the dignity of a Privy Oouar oillor wa* a Roman Catholic Irish native is a feather m the cap of the race so bitterly maligned by the former Attorney' General of New South Wales. doming to New Z jalaad, the pages of "Hansard" will not disclose a single oaee m wh'ch Irish members have made theraselvea " conspicuous by disorderly conduct." That the House is presided over by a bolonial Irishman with firmness, judgment, and discretion is a question beyond dispute, and to his tact and impartiali y may be attributed the proud >oa tion which our Geqeral Aesembly holds among Australasian legislatures. I am not gui c sure that the remarks of Mr Wise merit bo much attention. If they were made m Sydney, where that gentleman ia valued at his true pr\ce, no, one would notice them, byt the. Some, cable gives them an importance whloh they would not otherwise deserve, and hence rj^is letter. If Mr Wieo's London patrons were acquainted with the sort of estimation m v^hloh that gentleman is held by the great majority of the people of New South Wales, they would realise the applicability Id his case of Gilbert's lines : Storks turn out to be but logs, Bulls are but inflated frogs. I am, etc, Dunedm, .Tuly 4

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COLONIAL IRISHMEN Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2167, 8 July 1889

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