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Ryan Rev Michael Harrington

Male 1822 - 1887  (65 years)


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  • Name Ryan Rev Michael Harrington  [1
    Title Rev 
    Prefix Rev 
    Born 1822  ,,Westmeath, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Abt 1846  All Hallows Catholic Seminary, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Seminarian 
    Emigration 7 Oct 1847  ,Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • per St Vincent
    Immigration 6 Feb 1848  ,Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Ordained 7 May 1848  ,Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Residence 23 Feb 1867  ,,,England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Occupation Between 1870 and 1879  ,Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Parish Priest 
    Occupation Between 1879 and 1882  ,Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Parish Priest 
    Occupation 14 Jan 1879  St Marys Cathedral, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Priest 
    Occupation 8 Feb 1879  ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Chaplain 
    Address:
    Darlinghurst Gaol, Darlinghurst,NSW, Australia 
    Occupation 15 Feb 1879  Darlinghurst Gaol, Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Chaplain 
    Died 12 Nov 1887  R C Presbytery Prospect Street, Leichhardt, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 15, 16, 17
    Cause: Disease of liver, Dropsy 
    Buried 14 Nov 1887  Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 18
    Probate 14 Dec 1887  ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Person ID I8612  Geniaus Family Tree
    Last Modified 9 Jun 2016 

    Father Ryan Thomas,   b. Abt 1790,   d. Bef 1842, ,,,Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Mother Harrington Ellen,   b. Abt 1790,   d. Bef 1842, ,,,Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Married Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F126  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S133] Forbes Times, May 20, 1911.

    2. [S13] WWW, http://www.immigrationplace.com.au/www/248/1040427/displayarticle/1011104.html?pub=1&objectid=1007246&portletid=1001209&pagemode=2&orderbycolumn=&.
      Rev Michael Harrington Ryan was born in Drumcondra, Ireland in 1822 and reared in Westmeath. He had family connections in Australia as his sister Mary arrived in Sydney on her way to Camden on January 10, 1842 with her husband Peter Bermingham. The Bermingham family eventually married members of the Long and Mallon families who are commemorated in the Immigration Bridge project.

      The following information is from a short biography by Rev Roger Wynne in the Australasian Catholic Record of July, 1976 entitled “From Portland to Moreton Bay”. Michael Ryan attended the All Hallows Catholic Seminary which had been established by Reverend Hand as a missionary college to provide priests for the Irish Catholic diaspora, especially in Australia.

      Archbishop Polding of Sydney visited the College in 1847 seeking priests for his diocese. Michael Ryan and his colleague, Eugene Luckie, who were deacons and one year short of ordination, accepted the call and sailed from Liverpool on October 7, 1847 in the St. Vincent. They arrived in Sydney on Sunday, February 6, 1848. He wrote to a friend in Ireland “You can form no idea of the sort of place this is. It far surpassed our expectations. St Mary’s Cathedral is a beautiful church with a grand organ, a most excellent peal of bells and the singing and ceremonies carried out with all due decorum”.

      He was ordained in Sydney on May 7, 1848 and in September was assigned a position which no one else would accept, that of solitary Catholic chaplain on Norfolk Island. In writing to a friend he said, inter alia, “I feel it passing sweet beyond expression to sit with the prisoners in their dark solitary cells, to hear their sad and bitter tales, the circumstances of their youth, the sources of their misfortune, and the terrible heart-rending misery and degradation, both moral and physical, to which they had been made subject, and then in return to offer them whatever consolation I can”.

      During his time in Norfolk Island the island was transferred from the diocese of Sydney to that of Hobart. He left Norfolk Island in 1853, travelled to Sydney and then set out on January 22 with one horse and a small portmanteau to take up his appointment at the convict settlement at Impression Bay in the south eastern corner of Tasmania. He travelled via Liverpool, Campbelltown, Appin, Berrima, Goulburn, Yass, Gundagai, Tumut, Adelong, Albury and the Ovens goldfields, ministering to the Catholics along the way, as there was no resident priest beyond Yass.

      This was certainly not an easy trip because, apart from the hard riding and other privations, some of the towns were very primitive. For example, he says “From Gundagai I went to Tumut, a beautiful little township situated on the river of the same name, that falls into the Murrumbidgee a few miles above Gundagai. I arrived at this place on Sunday, late in the afternoon, and never before did I witness such a scene as there presented itself. There was no house of religious assembly of any kind in the place. But there were houses of irreligious assemblies – public houses into and around which the entire population of the township gathered. With very few exceptions, the power of reason had been entirely subdued by the powers of rum. Such a night I spent there! Confusion prevailed to its fullest extent. There was no constable, nor even the assumption of authority on the part of any individual. Everyone absolutely did and said just as he pleased.” He stayed five days in Melbourne, went by boat to Launceston and then rode across Tasmania to Impression Bay.

      He was later transferred from Impression Bay to Port Arthur and then in 1861 returned to Ireland. Six months later he was received into the diocese of Westminster and given charge of the parish of Turnham Green. He returned to Australia in 1865 to work in the diocese of Maitland and was in succession Parish Priest at Grafton and at Newcastle. He served as Vicar General in the Maitland diocese and was then Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral for five years, succeeding in the mammoth task of bringing the first section of the new Cathedral to completion. Following that he served as parish priest at Appin and later Camden, where he had the assistance of his nephew, Father P.M.Ryan.

      He died on November 12, 1887 and is buried in Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney.

    3. [S24] Death Certificate.

    4. [S13] WWW, http://www.immigrationplace.com.au/www/248/1040427/displayarticle/1011104.html?pub=1&objectid=1007246&portletid=1001209&pagemode=2&orderbycolumn=&.
      Rev Michael Harrington Ryan was born in Drumcondra, Ireland in 1822 and reared in Westmeath. He had family connections in Australia as his sister Mary arrived in Sydney on her way to Camden on January 10, 1842 with her husband Peter Bermingham. The Bermingham family eventually married members of the Long and Mallon families who are commemorated in the Immigration Bridge project.

      The following information is from a short biography by Rev Roger Wynne in the Australasian Catholic Record of July, 1976 entitled “From Portland to Moreton Bay”. Michael Ryan attended the All Hallows Catholic Seminary which had been established by Reverend Hand as a missionary college to provide priests for the Irish Catholic diaspora, especially in Australia.

      Archbishop Polding of Sydney visited the College in 1847 seeking priests for his diocese. Michael Ryan and his colleague, Eugene Luckie, who were deacons and one year short of ordination, accepted the call and sailed from Liverpool on October 7, 1847 in the St. Vincent. They arrived in Sydney on Sunday, February 6, 1848. He wrote to a friend in Ireland “You can form no idea of the sort of place this is. It far surpassed our expectations. St Mary’s Cathedral is a beautiful church with a grand organ, a most excellent peal of bells and the singing and ceremonies carried out with all due decorum”.

      He was ordained in Sydney on May 7, 1848 and in September was assigned a position which no one else would accept, that of solitary Catholic chaplain on Norfolk Island. In writing to a friend he said, inter alia, “I feel it passing sweet beyond expression to sit with the prisoners in their dark solitary cells, to hear their sad and bitter tales, the circumstances of their youth, the sources of their misfortune, and the terrible heart-rending misery and degradation, both moral and physical, to which they had been made subject, and then in return to offer them whatever consolation I can”.

      During his time in Norfolk Island the island was transferred from the diocese of Sydney to that of Hobart. He left Norfolk Island in 1853, travelled to Sydney and then set out on January 22 with one horse and a small portmanteau to take up his appointment at the convict settlement at Impression Bay in the south eastern corner of Tasmania. He travelled via Liverpool, Campbelltown, Appin, Berrima, Goulburn, Yass, Gundagai, Tumut, Adelong, Albury and the Ovens goldfields, ministering to the Catholics along the way, as there was no resident priest beyond Yass.

      This was certainly not an easy trip because, apart from the hard riding and other privations, some of the towns were very primitive. For example, he says “From Gundagai I went to Tumut, a beautiful little township situated on the river of the same name, that falls into the Murrumbidgee a few miles above Gundagai. I arrived at this place on Sunday, late in the afternoon, and never before did I witness such a scene as there presented itself. There was no house of religious assembly of any kind in the place. But there were houses of irreligious assemblies – public houses into and around which the entire population of the township gathered. With very few exceptions, the power of reason had been entirely subdued by the powers of rum. Such a night I spent there! Confusion prevailed to its fullest extent. There was no constable, nor even the assumption of authority on the part of any individual. Everyone absolutely did and said just as he pleased.” He stayed five days in Melbourne, went by boat to Launceston and then rode across Tasmania to Impression Bay.

      He was later transferred from Impression Bay to Port Arthur and then in 1861 returned to Ireland. Six months later he was received into the diocese of Westminster and given charge of the parish of Turnham Green. He returned to Australia in 1865 to work in the diocese of Maitland and was in succession Parish Priest at Grafton and at Newcastle. He served as Vicar General in the Maitland diocese and was then Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral for five years, succeeding in the mammoth task of bringing the first section of the new Cathedral to completion. Following that he served as parish priest at Appin and later Camden, where he had the assistance of his nephew, Father P.M.Ryan.

      He died on November 12, 1887 and is buried in Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney.
      http://www.allhallows.ie/about/history/

    5. [S13] WWW, http://www.immigrationplace.com.au/www/248/1040427/displayarticle/1011104.html?pub=1&objectid=1007246&portletid=1001209&pagemode=2&orderbycolumn=&.
      Michael Ryan and his colleague, Eugene Luckie, who were deacons and one year short of ordination, accepted the call and sailed from Liverpool on October 7, 1847 in the St. Vincent. They arrived in Sydney on Sunday, February 6, 1848.

    6. [S2813] SRNSW, Index to the Unassisted Arrivals NSW 1842-1855.
      RYAN Michael Revd St VincentP07 Feb 1848Liverpool1275Revd P Ryan, Deacon in SMH

    7. [S13] WWW, http://www.immigrationplace.com.au/www/248/1040427/displayarticle/1011104.html?pub=1&objectid=1007246&portletid=1001209&pagemode=2&orderbycolumn=&.
      He was ordained in Sydney on May 7, 1848 and in September was assigned a position which no one else would accept, that of solitary Catholic chaplain on Norfolk Island. In writing to a friend he said, inter alia, "I feel it passing sweet beyond expression to sit with the prisoners in their dark solitary cells, to hear their sad and bitter tales, the circumstances of their youth, the sources of their misfortune, and the terrible heart-rending misery and degradation, both moral and physical, to which they had been made subject, and then in return to offer them whatever consolation I can".

    8. [S2929] Sydney Chronicle, 4 May 1848 Page 3.
      RDINATION.--His Grace the Archbishop of Sydney will hold an Ordination on Sunday next, at the Metropolitan Church. The gentlemen to be or dained are the Reverend Messrs. Ignatius McLen nan, O.S.B., Eugene Luckie, and Michael Ryan, Deacons; who will receive priests orders; and the Reverend Maurius O'Connell, O.S.B., Sub-deacon, who will receive Deacon's orders.

    9. [S2928] London Evening Standard, 23 February 1867.
      Signed petition to stop salaw of intoxicating liquor on Sundays

    10. [S13] WWW, http://www.newcastlecatholic.org.au/page7564/History-and-Archives.aspx.
      1870 – 1879 Father Michael Harrington Ryan

    11. [S13] WWW, http://www.newcastlecatholic.org.au/page7564/History-and-Archives.aspx.

    12. [S2957] Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954, Monday 13 January 1879. P2..
      Rev, M. H. Rvan. WE are sure the announcement that the Rev. M. H. Ryan, who has for the past nine years been acting in the capacity of parish priest of St. Mary's Star of the Sea R. C. Church in this city, is about to leave New castle, will be received with sincere regret by the whole of his co-religionists, as well as by many of other denominations, to whom he has endeared himself by his many excel- lent qualities and well remembered deeds of kindness and charity. The rev. gentleman was appointed to this dis- trict by the Archbishop of Sydney; but Newcastle having passed into the Maitland diocese about six years back, F'ather Ryan was called upon by the Bishop of Maitland to act as his administrator here. In carrying ou tthe duties of this important office, Father Ryan displayed business qualifications which have been recognised as able by all with whom he has had to do ; and his efforts on behalf of education have been such as to entitle him to be held in special regard by all. Father Ryan has been recalled to Sydney, to an important office in connection with St. Mary's Cathedral, owing to the ill health of Dean Forde; and having to under- take the duties without delay, he leaves for Sydney on Tuesday night.

    13. [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 8 February 1879.
      APPOINTMENTS.-The Rev. Michael Harrington Ryan

    14. [S2958] The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), Saturday 15 February 1879 P272..

    15. [S13] WWW, http://www.immigrationplace.com.au/www/248/1040427/displayarticle/1011104.html?pub=1&objectid=1007246&portletid=1001209&pagemode=2&orderbycolumn=&.

    16. [S52] NSW BDM Indexes, Registration Year:1887 Registration Place:Leichhardt, New South Wales Registration number:2371.
      Name:Michael H Ryan
      Death Date:1887
      Death Place:New South Wales
      Registration Year:1887
      Registration Place:Leichhardt, New South Wales
      Registration number:2371

    17. [S13] WWW, http://www.catholicdirectory.com.au/deceasedclergy/list.
      Deceased Clergy for 12 November 1887
      12 Nov 1887 Rev Michael Harrington Ryan Grafton, Newcastle, Sydney, NSW; Hobart, etc

    18. [S2791] Australian Cemeteries Index, http://austcemindex.com/inscription?id=7608436.
      Inscription for Michael H (Rev Fr) Ryan

      Cemetery: Rookwood Catholic Clergy NSW
      Inscription Id: 7608436
      Surname: Ryan
      Given Names: Michael H (Rev Fr)
      Birth Date: 1822?
      Death Date: 12 Nov 1887
      Age: 65
      Gender: M
      Portion: B
      Row: 1
      Plot: 4

    19. [S2813] SRNSW, 13660 Probate Packets Series 3-15823.