David O'Keefe and others.
Birth: 21 August 1864, Longford, Tasmania, Australia Death: 21 July 1943, Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australiaa [Image] Religious Influence: Catholic Occupation: businessman journalist labour politician Member of Lower House Member of Upper House newspaper editor real estate agent Life Summary Abbreviations [Image]David John O'Keefe (1864 - 1943), by Swiss Studios, 1915, courtesy of National Library of Australia. nla.pic-an23379178. Image DetailsO'KEEFE, DAVID JOHN (1864?-1943), politician, was born probably on 21 August 1864 at Longford, Tasmania, son of David John O'Keefe, farmer, and his wife Mary Ann, née McCullagh. Educated at Carrick State School, O'Keefe left at 14, working first as driver of a horse-team in a road-gang, and later as labourer and farm-hand. At 17 he moved to Beaconsfield, where he worked for four years as miner and quartz-battery operator. He purchased a small stationery, tobacco, jewellery and newsagency business, which he lost in a fire but was able to rebuild. He was also Beaconsfield correspondent for Launceston's Daily Telegraph, and in 1891 he sold his business when he moved to the new mining town of Zeehan as the newspaper's special representative. In 1892 he joined the Zeehan and Dundas Herald staff and was its editor in 1894-99. O'Keefe made a study of mineralogy and put his learning to good use by writing many articles on west-coast mines for Tasmanian and mainland newspapers, as well as examining and reporting on many mining propositions. In 1899 he reported for the Melbourne Argus on the Chillagoe and Mount Garnet copper-fields in North Queensland.On his return O'Keefe engaged in various business pursuits in Zeehan until his election as a Labor senator to the first Commonwealth parliament. In a patchy Federal career he served as senator in 1901-06 and 1910-19 (chairman of committees 1910-14), and later as member for Denison in 1922-25, defeating Laird Smith. Each term ended in defeat.In January 1926 O'Keefe went to Western Australia, where he managed the Perth branch of the real estate firm of T. M. Burke Pty Ltd. He returned to Tasmania in 1931 to contest unsuccessfully the Senate election, then managed Launceston's Terminus hotel for two years, before securing election to the House of Assembly as member for Wilmot in June 1934. He held the seat until his death, serving as Speaker in 1934-42. He was appointed C.M.G. in 1941.Apart from his varied employment and parliamentary careers, O'Keefe was active in many other areas: Australian Workers' Union organizer, delegate (seven times) to Labor Party federal conferences, secretary of the Ancient Order of Foresters friendly society and of the Beaconsfield rifle club, and work in amateur theatre. In Zeehan he had been a member of the town board.Dave O'Keefe married twice. His first wife Sara Frances, née Wilson, whom he married in Melbourne on 17 June 1897, died in 1921, and on 14 October 1924 he married Mrs Agnes Hughes, née Blong, also in Melbourne. He died at Brighton on 21 July 1943, during a trip to Melbourne. His body was returned to Hobart for a state funeral before burial in Cornelian Bay cemetery with Catholic rites. His wife and a son and three daughters of his first marriage survived him. Frank Forde described him as 'a forthright man who had strong convictions but who was tolerant of the views of others'.The Parliament of Tasmania from 1856 Surname: O'KEEFE Given Names: David John Title and Honours: Mr, CMG Qualifications: Date and Place of Birth: 21 August 1864 - Longford, Tasmania Date of Death: 21 July 1943 - Melbourne, VictoriaHouse of Assembly: 9 June 1934 Electorate: Wilmot (Lyons)Party: ALP Positions Held: Speaker 18 July 1934 to 9 February 1942 Minister: No Date of Departure: 21 July 1943 Reason for Departure: Died in office.Comments: House of Assembly Long Room Picture: 429[Image] House of Assembly Long Room Picture Number indicates each Member's position in the photographic record. Source: Parliament of Tasmania Members Biographical Database, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library. Additional Reference Material: A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics, 1890-1964 [by] Colin A. Hughes and B. D. Graham. Canberra, ANU Press, 1968. Biographical Register of the Tasmanian Parliament, 1851-1960 / Scott Bennett and Barbara Bennett. Canberra : ANU, 1980. Select BibliographyExaminer (Launceston), 22 July 1943; David John O'Keefe (typescript, probably by himself, privately held). Author: Scott BennettPrint Publication Details: Scott Bennett, 'O'Keefe, David John (1864 - 1943)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, Melbourne University Press, 1988, p. 75.Another O'Keefe (ff) was Michael (uncle Mick) who used to ride on a gray horse round Beaconsfield area, Tasmania, when my mother Marjorie (nee) O'Keefe was a girl. (She was born Jan 1 1914.) He was her father Dick (Richard) O'Keefe's cousin and he was speaker of the House of Representative s for the state of Tasmania. One or another of these relatives was in the Lyons government (Labour) and died in a crash. He was with Premier Lyons and their car went over a railway crossing and was hit by a train. He died but Premier Lyons survived. I remember that Laurie O'Keef(f)e, great aunt Kate's son stood for parliament for Democratic Labour. I don't know if he was elected. He was about five years older than me and I only met him once when I was 14. He took me into a catholic church and told me I had to sprinkle water on myself and genuflect. He was religious, but not me. My mother, Marjorie Williams stood for parliament (or was it the senate?), but luckily she was not elected.(note by Cedric Williams)Surname: O'KEEFE Given Names: Michael Ignatius Title and Honours: Mr, JP Qualifications: Date and Place of Birth: 28 September 1864 - Westbury, Tasmania Date of Death: 2 October 1926 - Beaconsfield, TasmaniaHouse of Assembly: 30 April 1912 Electorate: Wilmot (Lyons) Party: ALP Positions Held: Speaker 28 July 1925 to 2 October 1926 Minister: No Date of Departure: 2 October 1926 Reason for Departure: Died in office.Comments: Killed in railway accident which also injured Premier J.A. Lyons. House of Assembly Long Room Picture: 325[Image]************************************************************************************The Beaconsfield Gold RobberyFinally, on 8 July 1885 Edmund O'Keefe and John Rice were arrested and charged with having feloniously assaulted and robbed Mr. Cecil Stackhouse of two keys. The trial commenced in Launceston on 27 August with the two prisoners, Barrett and Ward, having been persuaded to give evidence in return for a reduction in the length of their prison sentences. According to them the robbery had been planned with the two Collins, John Ritchie Snr and O'Keefe. They robbed the bank. O'Keefe and Rice had guarded Stackhouse. Collins's part was to get rid of the bank notes through his business. Rice had little to do with the affair. John Ritchie's part had been to let them know which night Stackhouse would be visiting him.Ward admitted that while he had been dividing and distributing the stolen money he had commenced the action against the bank for malicious prosecution and that he paid his solicitor and the solicitor for some of the others from the proceeds of the robbery. The two men had told police where what was left of the booty was planted. Police recovered £1234 in notes and 15oz of smelted gold in two pieces in a jar buried on the side of Cabbage Tree Hill near a shaft on which Charles Ward had been working and sixty-five £5 notes and about two hundred £1 notes at Delamere about four miles from Beaconsfield.John Ritchie Snr appeared in court and denied that he was in any way involved. He believed that the claim that he had been involved was part of a conspiracy against him because his son, John, had given evidence against Ward, Barrett and others.The Beaconsfield Gold Robberyhttp://www.elaunceston.com/launcestonhistory/2005/robbery2.htmMany witnesses were called to support the defence's claim that O'Keefe was at his home most of the evening, leaving the house for very short times only and in bed by about a quarter to eleven. This evidence was crucial in causing doubt about his involvement. His son, who shared a bed with him, stated that his father had been in bed before 11 o'clock, got up after 11 to get something for a man called Richards but had returned to bed shortly afterwards.In his summing up Mr R B Miller, for the accused, emphasised the unreliable nature of the witnesses, one a thief by his own confession, and the other not only a thief but the basest of perjurers, and the fact that they had been able to plan schemes of vengeance and concoct a story while together in prison. He urged the jury to acquit both men.*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_TasmaniaFacts about Tasmania including cannibalism among convicts.O'Keefe's HotelPh: (03) 6331 4015; 124 George St, Launceston 7250 www.okeefes.com.auThis is cousin Mike's hotel. He suddenly broke off communication with me, when I mentioned the old family story of the Beaconsfield Gold Robbery. *From: "Meryl Yost" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Fw: Michael O'KEEFE Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 14:18:36 +1000Forwarded with permission of the sender please reply to Cedric email@example.com not to the poster (Meryl) ----- Original Message ----- From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2005 6:13 PM Michael O'Keeffe or O'Keefe (the family used both versions) was a convict sent from County Clare maybe about 1830 and was supposed to be a schoolteacher at a church in Hobart, might be St Paul's. I saw his gravestone in the park next to the church when I was about twenty. I am 73 now. There used to be a church graveyard, but the head stones were put around the edges of the park when they made the park. It was somewhere near salamance Place. Anyway Michael got a thousand acres on the Tamar around probably Winkleigh and had an apple and pear orchard. The family spread out especially around Launceston and Beaconsfield and were in the mine etc. His sons were named not in order Octavius, Michael. Cornelius. maybe David. also maybe James. I think his son Michael was my great grandfather and my grandfather was Richard O'Keefe, who died when I was about 25 years old. He was about 68 when he died. Richard married Ida Wootton my grandmother. My mother was Marjorie Veronica and married my father Hector Williams. There was a relative O'Keefe who was a speaker in the Tas. parliament under Lyons and died in a train hitting the car he was in with Premier Lyons. There was another relation O'Keefe who was in the first Australian parliament in Melbourne. My uncle Pat (Francis) O'Keefe lived in Dilston and married Kitty Lyall one son was a footballer, who would be about 68 now. He was my cousin Michael. He had two sisters. I have never heard from any of them for about fifty years. Anyone please email me Cedric Williams-O'Keefe. From Cedric Williams-O'Keefe firstname.lastname@example.org added note by Cedric: If anyone can add to this history or correct it, I would be obliged. Yes I contacted Michael who has a hotel but he clammed up. O'KEEFERichard5 April 1846 Michael O'KEEFE Johanna HICKEY Richmond Tasmania This thread: Fw: Michael O'KEEFE by "Meryl Yost" <email@example.com> RootsWeb is funded and supported by Ancestry.com and our loyal RootsWeb community. Learn more. About Us | Contact Us | Acceptable Use Policy | PRIVACY STATEMENT | Copyright Copyright © 1998-2007, MyFamily.com Inc. and its subsidiaries.[Image][Image] [Image] [Image][Image] Scott Bennett, 'O'Keefe, David John (1864 - 1943)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition, Copyright 2006, updated continuously, ISSN 1833-7538, published by Australian National University http://www.adb.onl