Daniel O'Connor (1844 - 1914), by unknown photographer, courtesy of State Library of New South Wales. PX*D 624. .Image Details
O'CONNOR, DANIEL (1844-1914), butcher, mining speculator and politician, was born on 13 September 1844 at Tipperary, Ireland, son of Patrick O'Connor, butcher, and his wife Margaret, née Honan. In 1854 he migrated with his parents to Sydney in the Lord Hungerford. After a few months schooling he worked in his father's shop. Despite long hours he read avidly, especially the speeches of British and Irish orators, and in 1858 began to frequent the Sydney School of Arts. In 1869 he studied classics and English literature at Sheridan Moore's City College. With his own butchering business by 1871 he had amassed fourteen houses and £7000 which he lost in five months' speculation in gold-mining shares in 1871-72, but he rehabilitated himself within seven years.
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