Review of 'John O'Brien' and the Boree Log by Frank Mecham


This book contains so many ingredients that it is very hard to review in a limited space. It is, primarily, a biography of Father Patrick Hartigan, the Catholic priest who wrote poems under the pen-name of 'John O'Brien'. On the face of it, this does not promise excitement. Indeed the narrative is duly uneventful: his birth in 1878 at Yass. his training at Goulburn and Manly, his ordination in 1903. his years as priest at Albury, Goulburn, Berrigam, and—for 27 years—at Narrandera.

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Published 1 October 1982 in Volume 10 No. 4.

Cite as: Hadgraft, Cecil. ‘Review of 'John O'Brien' and the Boree Log by Frank Mecham.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 10, no. 4, 1982, doi: 10.20314/als.0d01175f15.