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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Rev. Father Bryan GALLAGHER

Born 21 September 1911 in Perth, Western Australia [15] [187]
Son of Charles Stanislaus GALLAGHER and Mary HORNE [15] [187]
Boarding Student at Saint Ildephonsus College in New Norcia 1926-1929 [187]
Left for Rome in Italy in 1929, was ordained as a Deacon on 28 October 1934 and a Priest on 22 December 1934 [187]
After obtaining the degree of Doctor of Philosophy he returned to Western Australia to take up an appointment in Geraldton [187]
Departed Port Said on the Mongolia and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 10 September 1935 [63] [187]
Assistant to the Geraldton Parish and editor of the Geraldton diocesan paper The Cathedral Chronicle 1935-1938 [187]
Administrator and Diocesan Secretary of the Geraldton Parish and of Saint Francis Xavier's Cathedral in Geraldton 1938-1944 [187]
In 1944 he was transferred from Geraldton to Three Springs, where he succeeded Rev. Father Michael LYNCH [4: 5-Feb-1944]
He was farewelled at the Druids Hall in Geraldton on Sunday 30 January 1944 by the Parishioners of Saint Xavier's Cathedral [4]
Priest of Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Three Springs 1944-1952 [4] [6] [19]
During his time in Three Springs he also fulfilled the positions of  Diocesan Secretary, Diocesan Consulter, [187]
     Official of the Diocesan Tribunal for Matrimonial Causes, Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, [187]
     Diocesan Inspector of Schools, and Director of the Roman Catholic Church's Immigration Scheme [187]
Speaker at the Farewell Dance for Christopher & Mildred THOMAS at the Three Springs Hall on 11 September 1944 [4: 16-Sep-1944]
Served on the Board of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs from November 1945 to July 1952 [109]
Speaker at the Farewell Social for Alex & Claire BROWN at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on 3 August 1946 [4: 10-Aug-1946]
Speaker at the Farewell for Matron KING held at the lounge of the Hospital Quarters in Three Springs on 29 August 1946 [4: 7-Sep-1946]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1947 and 1948 [262]
In 1949 he had a Morris Oxford car, said to be ideal for trips from Three Springs to Perth [187]
He was named a Domestic Prelate in March 1951, and consecrated a Bishop in Geraldton in June 1952 [187]
Following his consecration he was known as His Lordship Bishop Bryan Gallagher[187]
Celebrated his first Pontifical High Mass at Saint Francis Xavier's Cathedral in Geraldton on 15 June 1952 [187]
He was noted for his "uncomplaining, even temperament, and to his personal generosity to the poor and fellow priests" [187]
Following his consecration left Three Springs to take up the position of Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of Port Pirie, South Australia [187]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Bryan Gallagher' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/father-bryan-gallagher [sources]




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