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Chifley, Joseph Benedict [Ben] (1885–1951), prime minister of Australia, was born at Bathurst, New South Wales, on 22 September 1885, the eldest of three sons of Irish-Australian and Irish immigrant parents, Patrick Chifley (1862–1921), a blacksmith, and his wife, Mary Anne Corrigan (1856?–1929)...

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Curtin, John (1885–1945), prime minister of Australia, was born in Creswick, Victoria, on 8 January 1885, the eldest of the four children of John Curtin (1854–1919), a policeman, and his wife, Catherine Bourke (1859–1938). Both parents were Irish-born. Curtin's father was invalided out of the police force in 1890 and spent the next eight years as a hotel manager in ...

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Lyons, Joseph Aloysius (1879–1939), prime minister of Australia, was born on 15 September 1879 at Stanley, Tasmania, the fourth son of Michael Henry Lyons (1845–1929), a descendant of Irish Catholic immigrants and a storekeeper who later owned a butchery and bakery in Ulverstone...

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O'Shanassy, Sir John (1818–1883), politician in Australia, was born at Ballinahow, near Thurles, co. Tipperary, Ireland, the son of John O'Shanassy, a surveyor, and his wife, Margaret Dwyer. After his father died in 1831 he left school and was apprenticed to a Tipperary...