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Ryan Patrick Matthias

Male Abt 1852 - 1917  (~ 65 years)

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  • Name Ryan Patrick Matthias  [1
    Born Abt 1852  ,,Westmeath,Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Immigration Abt 1883  [3
    Occupation ,,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Roman Catholic Priest 
    Residence 9 Jan 1908  ,Smithtown, NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 5 Jul 1917  ,,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Person ID I8632  GeniAus Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2021 

    Father Ryan Peter,   b. Abt 1816, ,,Westmeath,Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1889, Pangee Street, Nyngan, NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Newman Margaret,   d. 6 Jun 1901, ,Forest Lodge,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1843 
    Family ID F2777  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1852 - ,,Westmeath,Ireland Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsResidence - 9 Jan 1908 - ,Smithtown, NSW,Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Jul 1917 - ,,NSW,Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S48], O'Donnell Family Tree.

    2. [S2834] The Catholic Press, Thursday 12 July 1917 p 19.
      The late Father P. M. Ryan.
      His many friends in Sydney and the Lis
      more diocese were shocked to learn of the
      death of the Rev. Father P. M. Ryan, on
      Thursday last, on his way from Ballina to
      Sydney. He had not been in good health
      for some time, and for this reason he resign-
      ed from active dutv about the end of last
      year. He took passage on the Bundah for
      Sydney, but collapsed suddenly on Thursday
      afternoon, and died. On the arrival of
      the steamer in Sydney, the body was taken
      to St. Mary's Cathedral to await the ob-
      The late Father Ryan was a native of
      Westmeath, 65 years of age. and came of
      good farming stock. He studied for
      the priesthood in England and France,
      and after his ordination he serv-
      ed for some years in various parts
      of London. About 24 or 25 years
      ago he came to Sydney on the invita-
      tion of his uncle, the late Father Michael
      Harrington Ryan, and Archbishop Vaughan
      stationed him at St. Mary's Cathedral. He
      remained at St. Mary's for some years,
      where his able preaching will still be re-
      membered by the oldest parishionors. After
      leaving St. Mary's he had charge of Camper
      down, Pyrmont, and other Parishes around
      Sydney, for about ten years, when he ac-
      cepted the invitation of the late Bishop
      Doyle to take charge of the Tweed parish.
      From the Tweed he was sent to Ballina,
      where he built the present splendid church
      and founded the well-known Irish National
      Association at Wardell. He then took charge
      of Port Macquarie parish, whence he
      went to England. and spent a year as priest
      in charge of a London parish. He returned
      to Port Maoquarie about 14 years ago and
      subsequently took charge of Smithtown par-
      ish, where he built the present beautiful
      convent and the church at Jerseyville. His
      health beginning to fail, he relinquished his
      duties, and went abroad for a year or so.
      During his travels he visited Germany, and
      was there when war was declared in 1914.
      Returning to Australia in 1915, he again
      took charge of his old parish of Ballina,
      where he laboured until about six months
      ago, when he retired, and lived quietly, un
      til the doctors advised him to go to Sydney.
      He was a man of' distinguished gifts as a
      preacher and organiser, and his reading was
      wide and varied. He was a gifted conversa-
      tionalist, and enjoyed the companv of those
      who. like himself, had travelled extensively.
      A Requiem Mass was celebrated for the
      repose of his soul in St. Marv's Cathedral
      on Monday last. The Verv Rev. Father J
      P Moynagh. P.P.. V.F. (a colleague of his
      after his arrival here), was the celebrant,
      and among the priests present were the
      Very Rev. Fathers P. A. McIntyre. P.P.,
      J Furlong, PP, and the Rev.
      Fathers R. Colander, PP, J. L.
      O'Driscoll, P.P., P.J. Murphy, and H Mc-
      Guire. Tho chief mourners were: Mr. Pe-
      ter Ryan (brother). Messrs. .lohn and Mi-
      chael Purcell, and J. K. Ryan (nephews),
      Misses Kathleen and Margaret Purcell. Mar-
      garet and Lena Ryan nieces. and Mrs. Te
      resa Ryan (sister-in-law ).
      A Solemn .Requiem Mass will be celebrat-
      ed for the repose of his soul in the Lismore
      Cathedral this week. R.I.P

    3. [S2834] The Catholic Press, Saturday 15 June 1901 p 9.
      Father P. M. Ryan's Mother.
      The death is announced of Mrs. Margaret
      Ryan, mother of the Rev. Father P. M,
      Ryan, of Port Macquarie, who left the
      other day on a trip to the old country for
      the benefit of his health. When parting
      from his mother, Father Ryan could notice
      no change in her condition, and they
      parted expecting to meet after a few
      months, the son taking the mother's mes
      sage of love to his sister, who is a nun in
      Ireland. But Father Ryan will never meet
      his beloved mother in this world again, for
      she passed away last Saturday. Mrs. Ryan
      came to this country with her late husband
      and some members of their family some 22
      years ago. They engaged in pastoral pur
      suits in the Murrumbidgee distriot, and will
      be remembered by many residents of Coota
      mundra Father Ryan arrived four years
      later, and at his desire his mother came to
      reside with her daughter, Mrs. James Purcell
      of Forest Lodge, where she died. During
      her illness she was attended by the Rev.
      Fathers Coonan and Bunbury. The remains
      were interred in Waverley Cemetery on
      Sunday afternoon, her three eldest sons and
      daughter being among the principal mour
      ners, — May she rest in peace.

    4. [S138] Singleton Argus, Tuesday 10 July 1917.
      Patrick Matthias Ryan, a retired Ro-
      man Catholic priest, of Ballina, Rich
      mond River, died suddenly on board the
      North Coast S.S. Company's steamer
      Brundah, while en route from Richmond
      River to Sydney. Deceased had been
      suffering from, heart trouble for a con-
      siderable time.

    5. [S2844] Freeman's Journal, Thursday 9 January 1908.
      Sister's Obituary

    6. [S48], O'Donnell Family Tree.

    7. [S13] WWW,
      Deceased Clergy for 5 July 1917
      5 Jul 1917 Rev Patrick M Ryan Lismore dioc, NSW

    8. [S52] x NSW BDM Indexes, NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, 9123/1917 .

    9. [S3073] Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), Sun 15 Jul 1917 .
      The Rev. Father P. M. Ryan, of Ballina, who
      died last week, was well known in the metro
      polis. About 30 years ago he was located at
      St. Mary's .Cathedral with his uncle, the Rev.
      Michael Harrington Ryan, from whom he was
      popularly distinguished by the name of 'Little
      Father Ryan.' Subsequently the pair had
      charge of Leichhardt and Camperdown parishes,
      then under joint control. About this time the
      elder priest died. After a period at Erskine
      ville, Father P. M. Ryan was transferred to
      the Richmond River. In all parishes he was
      extremely popular.