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Sir Charles Gavan Duffy

12 April 1816 (Monaghan)
09 February 1903
John, shopkeeper, and Ann, nee Gavan

Religion: Catholic

Marital Status: (1) 1842 Emily McLauglin; 1s.; (2) 1846 Susan Hughes; 3s. 3d.; (3) 1881 Paris, Louise Hall; 3s. 1d.

Duffy's eldest son was John Gavan; of the children of Duffy's second wife, Sir Frank Gavan (1852-1936) became chief justice of Australia, Charles Gavan (1855-1932) was clerk of the House of Representatives in 1901-17 and of the Senate in 1917-20, Philip was a surveyor and civil engineer noted for his work in Western Australia on the Coolgardie water supply,

Presbyterian school

Irish nationalist, barrister, writer

With two young barristers founded the irish Nationalist weekly The Nation 1842; admitted to Irish Bar 1845; a leader of Young Ireland Party and Irish Confederation and tried for treason along with his friends, who were transported to Van Diemens Land under the new English Treason Felony Act; he was imprisoned but freed after his fifth trial; as a free man he arrived Melbourne Jan 1856, admitted Vic. Bar 1857; prominent land reformer. Helped to found the Catholic lay newspaper the Advocate in 1868; Practised as barrister; left for Europe, lived in Nice in France and became a writer, supporting Irish independence from Britain.


HouseElectorateStart End
Legislative AssemblyVilliers and Heytesbury1 November 18561 August 1864
Legislative AssemblyDalhousie1 August 18671 March 1874By-election
Legislative AssemblyNorth Gippsland1 August 18761 February 1880By-election

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.
Inaugural Speech

References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 4

Data Source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972

Knighted 1873, KCMG 1877.

Last updated: 30th April 2019