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The Melbourne “Advocate” reports the passing of Mr James O’Donnell, aged 81, at his residence, “Roma,” Lansdowne Street, East St. Kilda, on January 4. Mr O’Donnell, a native of County Limerick, Ireland, born in 1835, had been a resident of Australia since 1859. While initially drawn to the goldfields in search of fortune, he later transitioned to agriculture and farming in the vicinity of Yarrawonga, where he became esteemed for his warmth and generosity. He retired from farming in 1909, having made a significant impact on the local community.

During his tenure, Mr O’Donnell also served as president of the local shire, further illustrating his commitment to civic duty. He is survived by a large and grieving family of four daughters, one of whom, Sister Mary Lambert, is currently stationed at Subiaco. Additionally, his son, Dr N. M. O’Donnell, mourns his passing.

The funeral service, held at Subiaco, was attended by friends, family, and community members, who came together to pay their respects to a man remembered for his kindness and integrity.

Mr O’Donnell’s life journey from County Limerick to the shores of Australia encapsulates the broader narrative of Irish migration during the 19th century. Like many of his compatriots, he sought opportunities in a new land, ultimately leaving a lasting legacy through his contributions to agriculture and local governance.

His passing marks the end of an era, yet his memory will endure through the lives he touched and the communities he enriched. As those who knew him mourn his loss, they also celebrate a life well-lived and a legacy that will be remembered for generations to come.

Freeman’s Journal – Wednesday 04 April 1917

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